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I want to install a sling swivel on the stock of an 1100, wood. How hard will this be to do? Any special cautions I should take while doing this. A local gunsmith said he charges $25 just to drill a hole and put in a screw, seems awful high to me.. Shoule I place something on the thread to help it from coming loose?
 

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You just need to drill a hole that is a little smaller and deeper than the swivel stud threads. Drill the hole about and inch from the end of the stock by the recoil pad. Make sure it is in the center and drilled fairly straight. Thread the stud in. You can grip the flats with a wrench or put a punch throuh the hole to aid in turning. You can put a little soap (bar) or wax on the threads if you want.
 

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When drilling a hole in buttstock I use a jig kit from Brownell's to ensure the hole is perfectley straight. I would assume the gunsmith would use a jig as well. $25 isn't much if you drill off center or split your buttstock. If you do it on your own, most studs are drilled 2-3 inches from the recoil pad. Also if your buttstock is wood you may want to place a piece of masking tape over area to be drilled. This will ensure the finish isn't damaged and prevents splintering around the hole.
 

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.300 weatherby is right about drilling 2"-3" from the end of the stock. You should check the length of the bottom screw for the re-coil pad before choosing the location for the sling-stud. What can happen is the sling-stud can hit the screw for the re-coil pad if it's drilled too close to the end of the stock. Just check your layout before drilling.
 
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