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My 1st variation 1898 now sports an old Redhead recoil pad. When I removed the pad, here is what I discovered:
1) The butt was curved slightly at one time. The top and bottom points of the curve were sanded off to allow the recoil pad to sit flat.
2) The stock has a series of very small nail holes arranged perfectly. Picture a cobbler nailing a sole on a boot! What could have been nailed there, a leather pad?!?!
3) The fact that I can see where the butt was curved originally tells me that the original buttplate was installed on a stock with a LOP of only 12". This is a Grade "C" gun, so a short stock may be factory ordered.
HAVE I CONFUSED EVERYONE NOW?
Any insight on this strange arrangement of nail holes?
 

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I'm only guessing, but it sounds like someone attached a recoil device - store-bought or otherwise - with what was at hand. To the tune of small nails. Could have been thick felt, possibly. You sure do see some interesting home customizing on some of these old shooters! SW
 
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