Ohio farms wrote:That's a beautiful 1100 that you have there Shaman. Great wood on it.
You don't know how much it pleases me to read that. That 1100 has a long gnarly history. I bought it used in the early 80's. It's an 1100 TB trap gun originally. I was having trouble with the stock whalloping me in cheek weld, and so I went to work on it over a few years to try and make it hurt less. The other problem was that there had been an ill-fitting adjustable butt pad on it, put on by the original owner. I took that off shortly after I got the gun, but I always had to have a big rubber spacer on the back to make up for the inch or more the previous owner had sawed off the stock.
I kept getting bruised cheek. Finally in exasperation, I took a belt sander to the stock and ground out a groove for my face that fit perfectly. However, it was a real Bubba job, and people used to laugh at it. In those days it was my one-and-only shotgun-- deer, turkey, trap, skeet, and it got a lot of work. Finally, I diversified my collection enough and put the ugly thing aside.
About 12 years ago, I found a stock and fore-end at a swap meet for a pittance. I took it home and applied 20-some years of experience to the wood. By that time I had learned about drop and cast and stock length and that sort of thing. I got the stock all set up the way I wanted, and then spent a year or so layering on thinned polyurethane until it looked close to factory.
That pic has an odd margin crossing the fore-end. That really isn't there. It's just I was shooting outside that day and between the shots of the front half and the back half, the sun came out. I didn't notice it until the stitched the two frames together.