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How do you measure your length of pull and what measurement on the rifle corresponds to that length? My deer rifle is a Rem 700, in 308 that feels good. From the center of the but to the face of the trigger is 13 3/8". My Marlin 1895ss measures 13 5/8" and feels too long when the lever is in its most forward position. Are these measurements the length of pull for these rifles?
I plan to have a pachmyer (spelling) decelerater pad put on the marlin and I want the length of pull with the pad to be correct. Thanks for any help you can supply. JS
 

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J, the way I check length of pull is simplicity itself.

Put the buttstock in your 90 degree bent elbow. The trigger finger should be capable of comfortably resting on the trigger when the hand is in the vicinity of the rifle. Can't help you with actual measurements as it's different for everyone and I don't know if it's different for lever actions though I doubt it. I'd check it with the action closed, ready to "fire" (no ammo- did I need to write that?).
 

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You have to take into consideration the clothing you'll be wearing the bulk of the time whilst using the firearm. Most people can adapt to a shorter length of pull then a longer one. If you plan on working the lever with the stock on the shoulder, that definitely has to be brought into the picture. Just more food for thought.
 

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RugerNo3 said:
You have to take into consideration the clothing you'll be wearing the bulk of the time whilst using the firearm. Most people can adapt to a shorter length of pull then a longer one. If you plan on working the lever with the stock on the shoulder, that definitely has to be brought into the picture. Just more food for thought.
Ditto that! I took the original recoil pad off of my 1895M and brought the gun to my shoulder as if I was making a snap shot. It shouldered quickly without snagging on anything. I was wearing a T-shirt. Since I doubt I will be hunting in the fall in a T-shirt I took off 1.5" from the end of the buttstock. The buttstock was then 2.5" shorter than the gun as it came out of the box. The Limbsaver pad is 1" so the overall length will be 1.5" shorter than original. I will be able to wear bulky winter clothing and still shoulder the gun quickly. It also places my eye closer to the receiver sight so I tend to look through it instead of at it, which is good. For warm weather practice from the bench I can wear a Past Recoil shield without problems.
 

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J Sanders said:
How do you measure your length of pull and what measurement on the rifle corresponds to that length? My deer rifle is a Rem 700, in 308 that feels good. From the center of the but to the face of the trigger is 13 3/8". My Marlin 1895ss measures 13 5/8" and feels too long when the lever is in its most forward position. Are these measurements the length of pull for these rifles?
I plan to have a pachmyer (spelling) decelerater pad put on the marlin and I want the length of pull with the pad to be correct. Thanks for any help you can supply. JS
The way you measured your length of pull is the correct method. With out a try gun you have to use trail and error to figure out the measurement you need. Your approach of finding guns that fit it is a good way to go. Here is how you can get the right LOP after you add the pad.

1. Determine the overall length of pull you want.

2. Subtract the width of the pad from the length of pull. This gives you the proper length to cut the stock to accommodate the pad.

Another way to do it so you don't have to cut the stock:

1. Measure the length of pull with the pad removed.

2. Subtract this length from the desired LOP and this will tell you how thick of pad you need.

To get things absolutely to the length you want you may have to cut the stock if the numbers work out so there is no pad that is the correct width. Of course you can add a spacer but that looks like the devil.

Frank
 
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