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  • wakosama

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    Good evening,

    I now have a Remington 870 20ga Express Magnum shotgun. Standard length magazine tube. Shot a few I'm told but is very clean. No rust and still feels new. Closet queen because the guy had a double.

    With 3 barrels; a 21" ribbed smooth with screw in remchoke [mod?] on it, 28" ribbed smooth [mod?], and a 20" smooth slug with Remington open sights. The stock is wood, and the rear has been shortened an inch and the pistol grip removed to be a straight wrist; checkered wood med length forend. It also came with a Remington synthetic stock set, youth length butt stock and "long tailed" forend.

    For the moment I intend to keep it with the wood stock and 21" bbl which fits me OK. But I'm not much of a shotgunner for a couple decades. It's definitely not a tactical gun, but I kinda got it for home defense, etc. I live in the suburbs so I don't need it to scare varmints away from the chickens. But I do want it to be more user friendly and not just a bird gun collecting dust. So I could use some ideas on what to do inexpensively to make it more 'useful'. Thanks.
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    TxPython357

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    I have several shotguns for different applications. Hunting, skeet, clay, and home defense. All are 12 gauge. Shot guns are great for home defense especially if your not proficient with guns in general. All my home defense shotguns are 12 guage SBR's or tactical. Each is loaded and chambered with safety on. Your in my house, you won't hear the rack of the slide before you die.
     

    leVieux

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    Good evening,

    I now have a Remington 870 20ga Express Magnum shotgun. Standard length magazine tube. Shot a few I'm told but is very clean. No rust and still feels new. Closet queen because the guy had a double.

    With 3 barrels; a 21" ribbed smooth with screw in remchoke [mod?] on it, 28" ribbed smooth [mod?], and a 20" smooth slug with Remington open sights. The stock is wood, and the rear has been shortened an inch and the pistol grip removed to be a straight wrist; checkered wood med length forend. It also came with a Remington synthetic stock set, youth length butt stock and "long tailed" forend.

    For the moment I intend to keep it with the wood stock and 21" bbl which fits me OK. But I'm not much of a shotgunner for a couple decades. It's definitely not a tactical gun, but I kinda got it for home defense, etc. I live in the suburbs so I don't need it to scare varmints away from the chickens. But I do want it to be more user friendly and not just a bird gun collecting dust. So I could use some ideas on what to do inexpensively to make it more 'useful'. Thanks.
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    The shotgun you describe & picture is a very dependable weapon, just as-is.

    One minor concern: If you are an average or large guy, the l.o.p. should probably be at least 14.5” for wingshooting.

    Using modern plastic & shot-cup ammo, bbl length over ~ 18” has no effect on pattern or string

    Congratulations on your great “buy”.

    leVieux
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    Texasjack

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    The 870 is a great shotgun. With the combo that you have, that's a definite SHTF firearm!

    That is the ugliest butt stock I've ever seen - is that a homemade variety?

    I'd suggest you find a trap and skeet range nearby and take that out for a spin. You might be surprised at how much fun you can have with that shotgun.
     

    GeauxLSU

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    I inherited an unfired late 50s Wingmaster. Beautiful. Put a take off synthetic set of furniture, 18.5" cylinder bore, pulled the (wooden back then) plug and loaded with 00 as one of a couple "Welcome to not your home" gifts.
    I'd just put the synthetic you have on it and the slug barrel and be done.
     
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