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andywhite
August 13, 2007, 10:08 AM
Hi,

I'm in the market for my first shotgun. I've pretty much decided to go with the Remington 870.

I'm looking forward to my first dove hunt, but would like to do other hunting and shoot clays with it, too.

Which model would provide the most versatility?

I'd consider a second, short-barrel model for home defense.

Andy

Full-choke
August 13, 2007, 10:32 AM
Well, the thing about the 870 is that it is extremely versatile itself. I would invest in an 870 Express Super Magnum. That allows you to eat anything 12 gauge, from 2 3/4 up to 3 1/2" That makes it a clays gun, a duck gun, dove gun whatever. For an initial barrel, I would go with around a 26" rem-choke barrel. That doesn't make it too long but it is easy to use still. The rem-choke barrel gives you the ease of changing out your chokes. From there, you could pick up a shorter smoothbore for HD pretty cheap. You could also pick up Hastings or Remington slug barrels too if you were to ever use it for deer. So, either way you go with it, the 870 will set up the way you want it.

andywhite
August 13, 2007, 10:51 AM
Thanks for the input, FC!

I saw a Remington 870 Express in an Academy Sport and Outdoors ad in yesterday's paper. Is that the same as the Super Magnum?

They only want $199 for it.

jhgreasemonkey
August 13, 2007, 11:23 AM
No the 870 express is the standard model 2 3/4 and 3" shells but that is all you need in my opinion. Thats a sweet price if it is new. Probably has a 28" barrel and modified choke that is perfect to get you started. In my neck of the woods big 5 has them on sale at around $240 i believe saw them in yesterdays add.

spoolup
August 13, 2007, 12:05 PM
There is always the route of getting the dual barrel packages as well that includes some sort of 26-28" ventrib barrel and a 18-20 barrel for HD purposes, or you can always buy the 2nd barrel at cabelas or other retailer. The 18/ 20" barrels are te cheapest so if you take greasemonkeys ad of the 28" for 240 give or take then buy a 18" barrel 109, total cost would be 350.

Also dont forget if you buy a NEW 870 express, Remington is running a $30 rebate thru the end of the year. Click this link for further details.

Click here (http://www.remington.com/library/promotions/2007_open_season_on_savings.asp)

andywhite
August 13, 2007, 12:22 PM
JH, what's the difference between the standard and the super magnum?

Spool, yes, Academy's $199 price includes the $30 Remington rebate.

Thanks, yall. More input welcome.

jhgreasemonkey
August 13, 2007, 01:47 PM
The super mag can chamber 3 1/2" shells which some people like to use for goose and turkey hunting.

Birdville2011
August 13, 2007, 02:37 PM
andy,

you probably won't ever HAVE to use a 3 1/2, so i'd go with the one on sale... 199 is a great price. i saw that add too.

andywhite
August 13, 2007, 02:43 PM
Thanks for the advice, BV.

I think I'll go pick it up today. (Edit: Because I missed out on a Remington Marine Magnum from Cabela's for $419 when I didn't jump on it.)

Wish they had it in synthetic. I think black looks cool.

andywhite
August 14, 2007, 07:24 AM
Got it! Can't wait to go skeet shooting!

(When does skeet season open? :D)

Full-choke
August 14, 2007, 07:30 AM
I think you'll be pleased...they are sweet guns. My brother has owned an Express and an Express Super Mag (his current) and both are awesome shooters. Those things will cycle shells in the worst conditions imaginable. Rock solid pump gun, you won't be disappointed.

andywhite
August 14, 2007, 07:43 AM
FC, What should I be looking for in available chokes for this model?

Full-choke
August 14, 2007, 12:29 PM
Well, my s/n is deceiving, I'm actually not too much into shotguns. For what you are doing, I would go two routes. If you want to make a nice investment in choke tubes and house them, then you can buy seperate. In that case, I would look at Improved Cylinder, Modified, Full, Maybe Extra Full for Turkey, and possibly an extended skeet or trap choke of somekind. If you don't necessarily want to keep track of seperate choke tubes, you might look into a screw in Poly-choke. They run about $100 in Cabelas, but I think they are worth their money. It turns so you can adjust your choke on the fly, which is kind of handy in my opinion. They were real popular back before I was even born, but back then they were fixed onto the barrel, now-a-days with screw ins, I think that is the way to go...keeps having to find homes for them.

andywhite
August 14, 2007, 01:41 PM
Thanks FC.

I located these on gunbroker.com today. What do you think? http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=78190186

Birdville2011
August 14, 2007, 02:18 PM
andy,
where do you shoot skeet? i know of alpine but i haven't been

Birdville2011
August 14, 2007, 02:21 PM
Wish they had it in synthetic. I think black looks cool.


they make it in black synthetic, that's what i just picked up from bass pro's hunting classic

andywhite
August 14, 2007, 05:23 PM
Bird, I just got off the phone with Fort Worth Trap and Skeet. I made arrangements to be there Thursday after 1pm. If you want to join me, you're certainly welcome!

http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=18892656&fr=ypsrp