Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

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Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by wyatt66 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:03 pm

I have an 870 Express Tactical, Synthetic, 18", 7 shot, bead sight, no rails. Is it possible to add the Tactical extended Rem Choke to this gun?

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by Synchronizor » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:48 pm

If the barrel isn't threaded for chokes, you'll either need to buy a new barrel or have a gunsmith modify your current barrel.

If your gun is the model with the long, one-piece magazine tube, the latter is your only option.

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by wyatt66 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:55 pm

Thanks for the reply!! I did a little research and found that to be the case. Not sure it it's worth the added cost just to add the choke.

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by Synchronizor » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:20 am

wyatt66 wrote:Not sure it it's worth the added cost just to add the choke.
Honestly, those tactical chokes don't have much practical use in a HD role. They're a simple cylinder tube, so adding one to your barrel won't change your pattern. It'll also add a couple inches to the overall length of your gun, which is not usually a desired feature for HD. Even in the unlikely event that you do have to breach a door, birdshot or a breacher slug will have the exact same effect whether it comes out of a normal barrel, or one with a fancy-looking tip on it; you'll just have to hold off a little and take an extra split-second to aim.

The one practical use I can imagine for it in a HD situation is to smash an intruder in the face if the gun malfunctions or runs empty. To quote Jeff Quinn: "You could pop somebody in the forehead with that thing, get a good tissue sample." Apart from that, I'd personally be inclined to replace it with a standard hunting choke to tune the gun's pattern.

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by wyatt66 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:35 am

Thanks for the insight. In the short time since my original post, I've decided to scrap the idea. My new dilemma, laser sight or flashlight?

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by Synchronizor » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:43 am

If it's one or the other, my vote would be for a flashlight. You can use your existing bead sight to aim, but it won't let you see in the dark.

The 870's a versatile platform though. If it tickles your fancy, no reason not to go with both.

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by Ruthless » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:31 pm

I own one and tested it over the weekend with great results on both door locks and door hinges using Buck Shot @ PB Range.
I found no metal or wood fragments inside the barrel or choke after each test.

I love mine - its 50 dollars worth of tacticool :)

We are going to try Slugs and Sabot on door locks as soon as we get some more doors :)

I will have video of the next tests I do for sure.

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by Tactical Browncoat » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:59 pm

Have to go with Synchronizer on this one. I have the Tactical model and the first change I made was to get rid of the breecher choke. In a home defense situation, why add to the length of the weapon? Compact is where its at. I replaced it with a Carlson's improved cylinder internal choke.

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by Synchronizor » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:25 pm

Update on this subject, for the benefit of future readers:

Remington has a new version of their Express Tactical that has a long-mag-tube 18.5" barrel that is threaded for chokes and has a front blade sight. I had the opportunity to play around with one briefly last year, and info on the model is up on their website now.
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This barrel isn't on my 2012 parts list, so I can't give a part number or confirmed price, but the other long-mag 18.5" cylinder barrel is $150, and other RemChoke 18.5" barrels are the same price, so it's likely this new barrel will also cost the same.

If anyone's dead set on adding chokes and/or ghost-rings to their long-mag Tactical 870, ordering one of these barrels may be cheaper than paying for gunsmith work.

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Re: Tactical Extended Rem Choke for 870

Post by Kentactic » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:27 pm

wyatt66 wrote:Thanks for the insight. In the short time since my original post, I've decided to scrap the idea. My new dilemma, laser sight or flashlight?

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A flashlight helps you identify your target in low/no light, a laser helps you aim at said target in low/no light. Two different categories.

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