The DIY Hunter

X-Bolt Stainless Stalker with two Maxus shotgun stock spacers.

Two quarter-inch Browning Maxus length of pull stock spacers for my X-Bolt.


Inflex recoil pad and length of pull spacers

Inflex recoil pad removed ready to replace the two screws with two longer ones and add the two spacers to the stock.


X-Bolt with length of pull spacers installed.

Length of pull adjustment all finished with the two spacers in place giving me an extra half-inch of length on my X-Bolt Stainless Stalker.

As a big guy, I have always found that the manufactures length of pull on rifles to be a little too short. I can't count the number of times I have been dinged in the forehead. If I add about a half-inch of extra length to the stock of the rifle I am usually just fine at keeping the scope off my forehead.

For years to adjust the length of pull I have always just removed the recoil pad from a rifle then traced the outline on some half-inch thick oak. I would cut this out sand it a little, maybe a little paint or stain and then drill two oversized holes through it so that the screws in the recoil pad could pass through this spacer and into the stock. Often my spacers haven't always looked the greatest so I usually place a neoprene stock cover or the like over the butt stock to hide the spacer.

Now that I have a composite stock X-Bolt Stainless Stalker I wanted a way to not have to build a spacer and hide it with a sleeve. Recently I found that the Browning Maxus autoloading shotgun has the same Inflex recoil pad as the X-Bolt. Well, the Maxus also comes with length of pull spacers that are a quarter-inch thick and can be stacked together.

After getting a couple of these Maxus stock spacers all I had to do was remove the two screws, slide in the two spacers and replace the screws with a couple longer screws. The stock doesn't look quite as cool with the spacers but it doesn't look all that bad and it was very easy to make the adjustment.

The next stock adjustment I did on my X-Bolt was a raising the comb with a cheekpiece I made that you can read about in this article: X-Bolt 20 MOA Picatinny Rail and Vortex Viper HS LR Rifle Scope