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Old 12-29-2009, 13:09   #1
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What shotgun grip do you prefer?

I'm hoping to buy my first shotgun by fall 2010 (starting to hunt). I'll probably be getting a Remington 870 because of its versatility, according to posts on GT and friends I've talked to.

And yes, while the main purpose is going to be hunting, it would also serve as a primary HD weapon since all I have right now is a couple of pistols.

I've seen pictures of shotguns with a pistol grip for the trigger hand, some with a pistol grip-looking thing for both hands, and the more "traditional" looking kind.

What do you prefer, and more importantly, what have you found to be the pros and cons of each?

All of the shotguns I've fired are more "traditional".

Hopefully my wording was clear enough that y'all know what I mean...

ETA: Some seem to have stocks while others don't. I'm 99% sure I want one that has a stock...

While I'm sure I can go to my local outfitter and feel them out, that won't give me much of an indication of how I handle it with live rounds...
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Old 12-29-2009, 13:17   #2
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I actually prefer the 'standard' stock/forend configuration on my scatterguns.

Now, I do own both an 1100 (Competition Master 'clone') and an 870 with pistol-gripped stocks.
They are good for handling with one hand, but, I'm an old guy and have been using 'conventional' stocks for a lot longer.

For the record . . . I personally have NO USE for a pistol-gripped forend.
Just holding it is. . . well. . . unorthodox.
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Old 12-29-2009, 17:04   #3
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This is your first shotgun so go basic and simply get an 870 with the conventional wood or synthetic stocks. If you get the the 870 Epxress with the 26" or 26" VT barrel you have your hunting weapon and you spend another $100 and get an 18.5" barrel or even find a used on to put on the weapon between hunting seasons and you have your HD. Keep it basic, you will thank me later.
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Old 12-29-2009, 17:07   #4
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I actually prefer the 'standard' stock/forend configuration on my scatterguns.

Now, I do own both an 1100 (Competition Master 'clone') and an 870 with pistol-gripped stocks.
They are good for handling with one hand, but, I'm an old guy and have been using 'conventional' stocks for a lot longer.

For the record . . . I personally have NO USE for a pistol-gripped forend.
Just holding it is. . . well. . . unorthodox.
I knew there was another reason I liked you...(Avatar with the Duke, check...conventional stock preference, right...bet you have rifles with the name Winchester and pistols with the name Colt on them too...)
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Old 12-29-2009, 17:59   #5
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Vertical forends FUBAR your weapon. After a short time you notice the action getting harder. This is because that vertical forend over torgues the action bars. I can always tell when an 870 has had one of these stupid things on it. When I remove the forend tube assembly, one action bar is pointed down and twisted out and the twisted in and pointing up. The forend tube assembly then is only good for the trash can.

So for all the guys that just have to have this cool looking thing on your 870 plan on spending $34 plus shipping for a new forend tube assembly each year if you want your weapon to function smoothly. Make that every 6 months if you rack the 870 like you are susposed to.
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Old 12-29-2009, 18:15   #6
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I knew there was another reason I liked you...(Avatar with the Duke, check...conventional stock preference, right...bet you have rifles with the name Winchester and pistols with the name Colt on them too...)
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Yup. I've got a couple of Winchesters and a couple of Colts!

And the various Remington(s), S&W(s), Beretta(s), Springfield Armory(s), Dan Wesson(s), Marlin(s), etc., etc., etc.
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Old 12-29-2009, 23:04   #7
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I shot a basic 12 gauge pump for 40 years - it feels right - I can't see switching things up now.

IMHO if you are going to hunt / shoot clay targets and will be using a standard gun - then stick with that for HD

The small advantage of a pistol grip will not be enough to offset the advantage of being familiar with your gun - the kind of feel you only get after shooting thousands of rounds.

if you are going to practice - then which ever type you practice with should be used for HD.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:07   #8
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Yup. I've got a couple of Winchesters and a couple of Colts!

And the various Remington(s), S&W(s), Beretta(s), Springfield Armory(s), Dan Wesson(s), Marlin(s), etc., etc., etc.
...and that's how I know all is right in the world (I started carrying a Colt Python...still have it)...

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Old 12-30-2009, 14:47   #9
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If your talking about a pistol grip, I like the Hogue Monogrip.
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Old 12-30-2009, 14:58   #10
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Old 12-30-2009, 20:24   #11
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Old 12-30-2009, 23:38   #12
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Thanks, y'all, for the input.

I'm glad so far the general agreement is "traditional". I don't know how I shoot, but I just like the looks of it better, too.

I think want the black "tactical" look to match my Glocks, but that's really not a make-or-break decision for me.

Would y'all recommend a Remmy 870 as a first shotgun? It seems to fit the bill for me...
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:16   #13
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Thanks, y'all, for the input.

I'm glad so far the general agreement is "traditional". I don't know how I shoot, but I just like the looks of it better, too.

I think want the black "tactical" look to match my Glocks, but that's really not a make-or-break decision for me.

Would y'all recommend a Remmy 870 as a first shotgun? It seems to fit the bill for me...
I wanted walnut on my personal gun. Something about that combination really struck me as attractive.

I'd suggest the 870 without hesitation.

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Old 12-31-2009, 06:21   #14
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Pistol grip for HD

"Traditional". for hunting.
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:29   #15
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there are many great pump shotguns...the Remington 870 is one of them and I would recommend them...some might do as well but I don't know of one better...
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:29   #16
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Traditional stock for hunting, and "open" 3-gun shotguns.

Pistol-grip for "limited/tactical" 3-gun shotguns because it makes it easier to hold the gun up with my strong hand, to do weak hand reloads.
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Would y'all recommend a Remmy 870 as a first shotgun? It seems to fit the bill for me...
I would. It was the first shotgun I bought myself 21 years ago, when I turned 16, at the local hardware store. I've also bought 2 more in the past week, with countless others in-between. Never had a single parts breakage or failure.

I also prefer the traditional stocks on my shotguns, with lots of experience with pistol-gripped firearms; LE, Cavalry, DPMS shooting teams, and my personal AR's.
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I like pistol grip full stocks (Speedfeed IV-S) but IMHO a VFG has no business on a pump shotgun.
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I like the traditional grips.

I would try to find the 870 wingmaster model.
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