With summer right around the corner, most gun-users will be looking forward to some range-time, competitions and league shoots.
To ensure the best shooting experience, however, you need to choose a shotgun that best suits your intended shooting style (the Remington 870 is a popular choice nowadays) and to make sure that it fits properly.
This can be done by making certain adjustments such as changing the stock which is what we will be discussing in this article.
We will also review a few market products in order to find the best stock for the Remington 870 and similar models.
Comparison Chart of the Best Stocks for the Remington 870
Mesa Tactical Urbino Buttstock, Remington 870
LEO Recoil Reducing Buttstock Kit, Rem 870
Magpul MAG460-BLK SGA Buttstock Remington, 870 Shotgun, Black
Shockwave Technologies Raptor Grip for Remington 870
Hogue Rem. 870 Stock/Forend Set, 12ga. Overmolded Shotgun Set
Knoxx Specops Stock Gen III Remington 870 Blackhawk Industries - Knoxx SpecOps GenIII Butstock.
How to Fit a Shotgun Stock Properly
Before making permanent changes to your stock, it's essential that you perfect your mount and gain consistency through practice.
Fitting a gun requires a safe area and a target at eye level, preferably 16 yards away. After shouldering your gun, you need to check the length of its pull, which is done by observing the top of the comb.
The distance between the rear of your trigger hand and your nose should be approximately 1.5 inches. Use your support hand to check.
If the space in-between exceeds the 1.5 inch mark, the stock needs to be trimmed and if its too small, an extended butt pad or shims need to be added.
Next, check for the fit of the comb height. Ideally, when you shoulder your gun, the rib should be unseen with the front and central bead perfectly aligned.
If the front bead is above the center bead, your comb needs to be dropped or visa versa.
Last, check the cast, which is the side-to-side angle of the stock relative to the barrel.
If the front bead isn’t perfectly in line with the rib, shims need to be added to get a better cast. Once the shim is placed, repeat the previous tests to check if alignment has been corrected.
Stock fitting is an art and any experienced professional will advise you to shoot with temporary adjustments for 6 months before making permanent changes.
Types of Shotgun Stocks
There are tons of shotgun stock options, but for the sake of maintaining brevity, we will be focusing on just the following four:
As the one of the most common styles traditional stock feature a curved semi-pistol grip and feel natural. It points naturally and tends to keep the firing hand positioned along the line of the bore. Keep in mind, this configuration is ideal for most applications.
One issue with traditional stocks is that they tend to be towards the longer side and are rarely adjustable.
Usually found on tactical style shotguns, the nearly vertical grip of this stock allows for better leverage than the traditional stock.
Single-handed control is good which makes reloading the rifle easier and there are many configuration options available. Compared to standard stocks however, the fit of the pistol grip may not be eye-level.
Pistol Grip Only (PGO)
PGO shotguns are manufactured with non-existent or extremely short stocks, which allows for better use during close quarters and ease of use when storing.
However, the trade off is often related to accuracy and speed. Reloading can be difficult too due to its weight.
A cross between traditional and pistol grip stocks are SGA stocks. Their grip is sharply angled to feel like a pistol grip, but they are positioned closer to the line of the bore.
This grants extra leverage to the user. The SGA stock is also adjustable for comb height and length of pull to accommodate different sized shooters.
Quick Take - The Best Remington 870 Stocks
These are our recommendations for the best stocks for remington 870:
Reviews of the Best stocks for Remington 870
Now that we've identified how to fit a stock properly and have reviewed a variety of stocks, we're going to move onto the review portion of our article. With this, we'll be outlining each product's main features, then discussing a handful of pros and cons. Let's get started!
This pistol grip stock is made of fiberglass reinforced nylon polymer with a short length of pull, making it easy to shoulder and operate.
The grip provides a secure grasp and offers excellent control. The stock comes with a removable, 5 position cheek-riser, recoil pad and shock absorbing padding on the back-strap.
The riser makes it easy to use optics while maintaining a solid cheek weld. Attachment options Include a 1¼" slot rear sling loop and a QD sling swivel stud on the underside.
- Excellent fit, slip-proof
- Controllable and maneuverable
- Very little recoil
Recommended for those who typically wear body armor or are looking for added comfort, this high quality butt stock offers outstanding weapon control, maneuverability, and a good cheek weld.
This model comes with a telescoping, 5 position butt stock and aluminum receiver adapter bolts.
A great feature built into this stock is the Hogue overmold rubber pistol grip with palm swells, which gives users better control by reducing recoil shock. The stock comes in two options:
Basic Law Enforcement
This model uses a lowered butt stock and can be used with the original shotgun bead or iron sights. With this, while a four-position stock allows adjustment of length of pull from 10½" to 13½".
Recoil Reducing Model
This model uses a hydraulic energy absorber to reduce recoil by as much as 70%, making it very comfortable to use. The length of pull adjusts from 11½ to 14½-inches and five locking positions.
Both models include one push-button swivel that fits sockets on either side of the receiver adapter.
- Easy installation
- Looks good
- Good fit
- Adjustable length of pull
- Reduced recoil in 1 model
All-in-all, this product is a a solid stock for your Remington 870 as it offers a firm grip and extra control when shooting. The reduced recoil model is great for tactical and hunting, overall reducing recoil by nearly 70%.
This product features a length of pull adjustment, recoil-reducing butt-pad, and a variety of other great aspects.
One of the best advantages of this stock is its ease when it comes time to install. This is a high quality stock and is sure to help you have more control over your shotgun, perfect for hunting or shooting at the range.
Due to its economical deign, this model reduces fatigue and minimize the risk for wrist pain. With this, all the required tools for installation are included within your purchase.
- Comfortable fit
- Easy removal and replacement
- Adjustable length of pull
- Slightly expensive
Although cheaper alternatives are available, this product is worth the price. It brings users immense control while shooting. With its sleek design, recent buyers also report that it looks great when compared against OEM models.
This polymer pistol grip is suitable for home defense and perfectly fits the Remington 870.
The design of the raptor grip is new and unique, reducing recoil while being comfortable and sleek.
Sling swivel studs can be inserted by drilling a small hole at any point in the grip. It has an ergonomic, no-slip grip, and is made of durable material.
- Comfortable grip
- Looks good
- Reduces recoil
- Easy to install
- Length of pull slightly long
- Awkward to aim with
This product comes highly recommended and is versatile. While the stock is well liked by those who've used it firsthand, it can be awkward to use at times.
Since there's no shoulder support, some users may find it difficult to adsorb recoil properly. Though, its high quality construction and unique design has it favored by many.
This fiberglass-reinforced, polymer shotgun stock is both durable and designed for a sure grip.
It includes a recoil-cushioning butt pad, an integral, sling-swivel stud, and complete comfort.
The stock is available in both standard, or with a 12" length of pull for use with body armor or smaller shooters.
- Weatherproof and non-slip
- Ambidextrous palm swell
- Recoil cushioning
- Recoil pad does not completely marry with the stock
This product ensures a sure grip and is great for use in less forgiving conditions. The recoil reduction and built-in sling-swivel make it convenient and comfortable to use for both tactical and home defense purposes.
The Blackhawk Knoxx SpecOps Gen III Stock model incorporates dual-recoil compensation systems and has 6 adjustment positions. With this, it's compatible with receiver mounted shell carriers.
It reduces recoil felt by up to 80%, reduces muzzle rise, and eliminates cheek-slap.
The improved ergonomics and six adjustment positions allow a shooter of any stature to enjoy their Remington 870 with comfort.
This stock is easy to install and comes with a perfectly molded pistol grip, an integral hand stop in the forend, and a Picatinny-style accessory mount. It offers several sling mounting locations too for easy carry.
- Eliminates flinch from recoil
- Easy installation
- Cheap feeling forend
Overall, this is one of the best models available if you want to minimize recoil. It also boasts reduced cheek slap thanks to the straight cheek weld and adjustable length of pull.
We hope that you're able to choose a stock accessory to best fit your shooting needs and hence, provide you with an enhanced shooting experience.
One thing to keep in mind is that you should become consistent in your gun mount before making any alterations to your gun and then practice with temporary adjustments for a few months before making permanent changes.
We wish you the best of luck shooting with your Remington 870!