Hmmmmm. This was going to be different, drilling in plastic. But wait a minute. Some of these plastic stocks were said to be hollow. I had read that some of them have cavities inside, already built in. What about his rifle? Might it be hollow?
Well certainly it might. I instructed him to get a screwdriver and start tapping on it, to see if it sounded hollow. And guess what? It didn't. It sounded like it was solid plastic, all the way through. But it did have a butt plate of a different color. But there were no screws holding it on. I wondered if it would and how it might come off?
He used the tip of the screwdriver and tried to slip it under the edge of the butt plate to pry it off. No deal. It didn't seem to want to come off. I wonder if it might be glued? And if so, would the glue loosen up when it was heated?
So we laid the gun down on the floor, set a hair dryer next to the butt plate and left it on high heat for a few minutes. Then he tried the screwdriver tip again and guess what? The butt plate moved. He moved the screwdriver to a different spot and got the butt plate to move even further. In a few seconds he had popped it off. And there didn't seem to be any glue at all holding it on. It was just a press in fit.
And what was underneath the butt plate? Take a look.
So if you have a Remington 597 and it happens to have a plastic stock, what are you going to put in yours?