Recommend me a 870 Model

Tactical, combat, military, law enforcement and home defense use of a Remington 870 shotgun.
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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Hunters21w » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:00 pm

Yea your right. Plus the fact you have to drill and press to get the mag extension on makes it a no go, didn't know you had to do that.

I will look locally for that model you recommended. Does it label it anywhere on the gun? That way I'm positive it's the right model.

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Synchronizor » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:43 pm

The order number won't be on the gun itself, but the store should be able to confirm it for you. If it's not on their price tag, it should at least be printed on the gun's packaging. If nothing else, you can call Remington with the serial number, and they'll be able to confirm the model.

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Hunters21w » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:32 am

Makes sense! Thanks again for your help.

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Hunters21w » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:29 pm

I found a local LE dealer that has a used Wingmaster with 20" barrel and an extended magazine tube for $250+tax. Also has a bead sight and wood furniture. Not exactly what I wanted but for the price it's hard to turn down. I can't imagine an 18.5" barrel will feel any different.

With the bead sight could I just get an xs big dot? They seem to have great reviews. Even more so than ghost rings.

What do ya think?

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Hunters21w » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:50 pm

Any reason it won't work well for my application? I was going to wait until Friday but I might just go pick it up today!

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Synchronizor » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:36 pm

Well, a large front bead would work fine for defense, but you'd probably want something more precise for slug hunting. Does it have a choke at all?

I'd also check what length shells the receiver and barrel can handle. A lot of the old Wingmasters out there are non-magnum guns that can only handle 2.75" shells.

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Hunters21w » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:17 am

I don't believe it has a choke. What would you recommend I get for longer range hunting/skeet? I will get a longer barrel for that.

Not sure what size shells it takes, good question! I will ask tomorrow. I decided to wait until Friday.

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Hunters21w » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:03 pm

You were correct, they only accept 2 3/4" shells. I don't think that will be too big of an issue though. Do you?

Also No chokes on the 20" barrel.

Any idea why I can't send messages? It won't let me type your name into the address bar. Think you could send me an email? I'd like to ask you some questions about future upgrades. Thanks!

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Hunters21w » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:10 pm

On my way to go pick it up! I will take pics when I get there.

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Re: Recommend me a 870 Model

Post by Synchronizor » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:43 pm

Sorry, I've been busy this week and haven't been online much.
Hunters21w wrote:What would you recommend I get for longer range hunting/skeet? I will get a longer barrel for that.
It'll depend on what you're doing. It would be best to just get a barrel that is threaded for interchangeable choke tubes, so you can switch chokes for different activities.
Hunters21w wrote:You were correct, they only accept 2 3/4" shells. I don't think that will be too big of an issue though. Do you?
For defense, 2.75" shells are plenty, and there are plenty of great 2.75" hunting loads as well. For some types of hunting though, it's nice to have the option of using 3" shells since they can hold more shot, especially buckshot and larger birdshot sizes that don't pack very efficiently. Also, though the maximum pressures are the same, ammo manufacturers will often load 2.75" and 3" shells to different power levels. The 1-ounce Remington slugs I shoot, for example, are loaded for velocities of 1560 fps for the 2.75" loads, and 1760 fps for the 3" even though hull capacity isn't an issue with slugs, and Remington could load both to the same velocity if they wanted.

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