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Old 02-11-2010, 11:59   #1
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YAFST: Yet Another "First Shotgun" Thread

Hi, folks-

I posted this in another "first shotgun" thread, but I think I shouldn't have piggybacked onto it. I know little about shotguns and have only shot at clays a few times in my life. I, too, am in the market for my first shotgun and am leaning toward the 870. Here is how I expect to use it:

Shooting clays: 90%
Shooting paper: 8%
Home Defense: 1.9%
Hunting: 0.1%

At least that's about how my priorities fall out. I like the idea of a synthetic stock, but I am not interested in a pistol grip. I like the idea of a fiber sight and the ability to shoot the widest range of ammo types in 12 ga. (Is that as important as I'm implying?).

What features should I be looking for beyond what I've said? What about chokes, etc.? Barrel length? Magazine capacity?

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Old 02-11-2010, 12:43   #2
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Hi, folks-

I posted this in another "first shotgun" thread, but I think I shouldn't have piggybacked onto it. I know little about shotguns and have only shot at clays a few times in my life. I, too, am in the market for my first shotgun and am leaning toward the 870. Here is how I expect to use it:

Shooting clays: 90%
Shooting paper: 8%
Home Defense: 1.9%
Hunting: 0.1%

At least that's about how my priorities fall out. I like the idea of a synthetic stock, but I am not interested in a pistol grip. I like the idea of a fiber sight and the ability to shoot the widest range of ammo types in 12 ga. (Is that as important as I'm implying?).

What features should I be looking for beyond what I've said? What about chokes, etc.? Barrel length? Magazine capacity?

Thanks
Mossberg used to and might still offer a set that came with a Mossberg 500 with a 28" barrel with choke tubes, an 18" IC barrel and a pistol grip. That's the set I bought 20+ years ago. That's what I would suggest getting.
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Old 02-11-2010, 13:13   #3
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Mossberg used to and might still offer a set that came with a Mossberg 500 with a 28" barrel with choke tubes, an 18" IC barrel and a pistol grip. That's the set I bought 20+ years ago. That's what I would suggest getting.
That's the route I'd probably suggest going too.

Spare/extra Rem 870 barrels are (for some reason) usually a lot more expensive than Mossberg 500 barrels are.
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That's the route I'd probably suggest going too.

Spare/extra Rem 870 barrels are (for some reason) usually a lot more expensive than Mossberg 500 barrels are.
There are also Mossberg 870 replacement barrels.

http://www.mossberg.com/products/access.asp?type=barrels&section=access

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What barrel length makes the most sense for a rookie clay shooter like me?
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What barrel length makes the most sense for a rookie clay shooter like me?
It depends on what game you're playing. Puppy has it exactly right.
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28" + for trap & turkey shooting, for skeet &/or sporting clays you'd probably do better with a 24" - where as home defense is best served w/a 20" or 18".
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I just got back from the local shop. I was handling a Remington 870 Express with synthetic stock and a 28" barrel. It felt good, though I want to try a 24" or 26" before I pull the trigger, so to speak. The guy looked in the catalog and couldn't find a current model 24", so I was going to check the Remington site to see what's up with that.

The 28" I was looking at was $399 "minus 10%." How does that price look? I'll be shopping around, but I want to make sure I understand the ballpark.
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I just got back from the local shop. I was handling a Remington 870 Express with synthetic stock and a 28" barrel. It felt good, though I want to try a 24" or 26" before I pull the trigger, so to speak. The guy looked in the catalog and couldn't find a current model 24", so I was going to check the Remington site to see what's up with that.

The 28" I was looking at was $399 "minus 10%." How does that price look? I'll be shopping around, but I want to make sure I understand the ballpark.
That sounds a bit high, but CA gun prices are usually higher than other states. Buds has the 870 express 26" barrel for $320 shipped, plus you would have to pay for a transfer at your end. $399 minus 10% would be $360 so your local dealer isn't ripping you off.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/95589

24" is usually a "Turkey" gun. 26" and 28" are the standard vent rib barrels. 28" will work just fine for skeet, but the pump action will slow you down a bit on the doubles. It's doable and I shoot skeet with a pump gun, but most skeet shooters use a double barrel or semi auto.

If you are going to be doing a lot of clay shooting you may want to look at the 11-87 instead of the 870.
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