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 Post subject: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:12 am 
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In the past year I’ve started moving my left hand farther up and pointing my index finger, which has helped my shooting. Unfortunately the front of the forend on the new 725s is kind of sharp and is slightly uncomfortable for this hand position. I have a 20ga lightening that I much prefer in terms of the shape - it has a more rounded figure on the end.

Question: is it possible to get a lightening style forend and have it fit to my 725? Obviously I’d prefer to get the best wood and finish match possible but I don’t even know where to start on that. My 725 (12ga) was made in 2018, so it has the grade 3 wood with kind of a satin finish. The buttstock suits me quite well, so I’ve got no real interest in a complete furniture change.

Thanks in advance,
Matt




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 Post subject: Re: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:30 pm 
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I’d start by knocking off the leading edge, refinishing it, and if you like it....move forward with a new forend, or maybe a custom piece.

To your question more specifically, there should be no reason you couldn’t get a lightning style to fit with a little work.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:51 am 
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Cole's website shows a price for removing the schnable from the fore end, probably costs less than a replacement and no worries about matching wood. Their work is first class.

https://colegun.com/gunsmithing/#1532376471158-07ad3856-42cd


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 Post subject: Re: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:54 am 
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OP if you do the coles thing removing the schnabel please post pics. Seems like a good price for fixing the ugliest forend this side of a Blaser.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:26 pm 
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I tbink a call or email to Coles or Joel Etchen would be a good place to start to ask if a rounded factory Citori forend could be fitted to a 725. Just looking at the 725's I bet that question has been asked before and they will know the answer.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:54 pm 
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Thanks everyone.

I asked Coles and they've never modified a 725 forend, mostly they do berettas. I'm also not really excited about messing with the factory one. This (hopefully) won't be my last sporter, so resale is important here.

After talking to a few gun smiths, I ordered a Grade III lightning forend from MGW. It's supposed to come with the same oil finish as my gun, and obviously it's a similar grade of wood, so fingers crossed for a good match. MGW allows returns, so if the smith doesn't think he can make it work I should be covered.

I'll let you guys know how it goes, hopefully I'll end up with a pretty unique "custom" 725.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:45 pm 
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I would have suggested a forend from a 725 Trap, but they have the shiny polyurethane finish...


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 Post subject: Re: Changing forend on 725 sporter
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:53 pm 
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Both the trap and skeet models have great forearms. A direct changeover. call midwest or browning. John




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