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December 27, 2009, 10:29 PM
Are the aluminum shell followers really that much better than the cheap plastic ones?
Is it worth $20.00
Will it be more reliable?
December 27, 2009, 11:48 PM
I would swap out a plastic for metal follower immediately.
Just too risky to count on something that could last forever or break today...
I also noted that Junior has the red/orange plastic one. Unlike my black one, I initially thought... "LOADED TUBE" on first sight as I am used to black is empty on mine and 12 gauge shells are usually red.
In mine, I look for black or brass.
December 28, 2009, 12:14 AM
Metal followers are well worth the money. They don't take away space in the tube like the solid end plastic followers.
I am big fan of the Vang stainless follower.
December 28, 2009, 03:05 PM
Kuhnhausen mentions that in high mileage trap 870s and 1100s the metal followers contribute to peening of the receiver at the end of the mag tube.
In most cases, I doubt it makes any difference.
The 870s here have either plastic followers or steel, depending on vintage. No problems to report.
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