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Old 01-31-2013, 13:07   #1
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Remington 870 Express. ?s about sight changes

I bought a 870 last weekend. The receiver is not drilled and tapped and it has the bead sight. What are my options? Do I really need anything else? HD use primarily, but may buy a longer barrel for hunting.
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Old 01-31-2013, 13:41   #2
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Hard to beat an 870. You could do an XS big dot sight, it is two part epoxy attatched to your existing bead. You can get an aftermarket Police barrel with rifle sights for about 190 I think. Do you have the 7 shot 870?
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Old 01-31-2013, 18:47   #3
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I prefer a bead sight for a HD shotgun. Remington's "rifle sights" they put on their shotguns are notoriously awful. They have a short sight radius and are difficult to pick up against certain backgrounds and lighting.

"Ghost ring" or aperture sights are much better for a defensive shotgun that might be used outdoors like a patrol shotgun with slugs carried to extend your range.

I would stick with the good old bead. I can put rounds on a B27 at 100yds with my bead sight 870. I also find a bead sight to be quick at close ranges with buckshot.
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Old 01-31-2013, 19:09   #4
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Hard to beat an 870. You could do an XS big dot sight, it is two part epoxy attatched to your existing bead. You can get an aftermarket Police barrel with rifle sights for about 190 I think. Do you have the 7 shot 870?
It has the factory extension. 6+1 2 3/4 inch 5+1 3 inch. 870 express tactical. I got the one without the door breach. It looks cool but not really needed. Added Magpul fore end and will prolly buy the Magpul buttstock. I bought as a HD/ beater gun. Paid $359 for it. My first 870. I really like it. Easy to tear down and re assemble.
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I prefer a bead sight for a HD shotgun. Remington's "rifle sights" they put on their shotguns are notoriously awful. They have a short sight radius and are difficult to pick up against certain backgrounds and lighting.

"Ghost ring" or aperture sights are much better for a defensive shotgun that might be used outdoors like a patrol shotgun with slugs carried to extend your range.

I would stick with the good old bead. I can put rounds on a B27 at 100yds with my bead sight 870. I also find a bead sight to be quick at close ranges with buckshot.
Ghost ring is what I would like but since its not drilled I will probably not get them.
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It has the factory extension. 6+1 2 3/4 inch 5+1 3 inch. 870 express tactical. I got the one without the door breach. It looks cool but not really needed. Added Magpul fore end and will prolly buy the Magpul buttstock. I bought as a HD/ beater gun. Paid $359 for it. My first 870. I really like it. Easy to tear down and re assemble.
Awesome. 870's are great shotguns, it will serve you well. You are certainly free to do as you wish with it, if it was me I would hold off on the Magpul stuff for a Remmy but thats just me. Look into Elzetta light mounts, if it is a HD shottie put a good light on it.

http://www.elzetta.com/zsmFAQ.htm
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Awesome. 870's are great shotguns, it will serve you well. You are certainly free to do as you wish with it, if it was me I would hold off on the Magpul stuff for a Remmy but thats just me. Look into Elzetta light mounts, if it is a HD shottie put a good light on it.

http://www.elzetta.com/zsmFAQ.htm
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I bought a 870 last weekend. The receiver is not drilled and tapped and it has the bead sight. What are my options? Do I really need anything else? HD use primarily, but may buy a longer barrel for hunting.
For home defense, keep the bead. Unless you have hallways over 50 yards long, it's the best. But if you want rifle sights, Remington puts both the front and rear on the barrel, so you just swap barrels to have them. No gun is cheaper and easier to modify by replacing parts than an 870.

Keep in mind, we still use bead sights because they are fast - there is a reason the guys shooting birds and rabbits and little clay pigeons flying through the air don't use rifle sights. They'll easily do the job for burglars.
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