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KPS
September 22, 2001, 08:40 PM
Here in MA coyote hunting as well as most hunting is shotgun only.I am a pistol nut and don't know much about shotguns.I would prefer one that can be used for hunting and then switch barrel for riot gun/home defense.Hearing so much about the 870, I was curious to what model would best suit my needs.I'd also like to get into skeet and/or trap in the future if that makes any difference in my selection.

Dave McC
September 23, 2001, 08:01 AM
Several choices, all good, and just variations on the theme. ANY 870 bbl will fit ANY 870 receiver, within gauge.

Having said that, one pick,IMO, would be the Express "Turkey" pkg. A 21" vent ribbed and Remchoked bbl and receiver with a low shine finish make on egood tool greater for all around use.

Frankenstein, my overpublicized parts 870, has just such a bbl,this one set up for Colonial tubes and with a set ranging from Skeet I to Turkey full,comes very close to this pkg and has taken woodcock to snow geese, serves as backup trap gun and would serve well in a HD nitche, though I've other 870s set up for that.

'Nother good choice would the combo, a 28" Remchoked bbl and a slug bbl of some kind. For versatility, I'd swap the superior(Sometimes) accuracy of a full rifled bbl for a rifled or open choke. Any of the 18-21" bbled option bbls will work here.

Third choice, but only by number, would be to find a used Wingmaster or Express with it's original bbl, and buy an aftermarket bbl. This may be the best value, but Caveat Emptor.

Redneck2
September 23, 2001, 08:31 AM
I have an 870 in Parkerized with dark finish. Used it for years and it always works. Has 28" vent rib barrel. The longer barrel works better for target (clays), but the shorter barrel (as above) would be good for hunting in brush.

I have a fully rifled barrel for slugs...very accurate although the 28 with open choke tubes and Remington Sluggers took it's fair share.

I have a good variety of rifles and pistols, but this and my 28 ga. Ruger do anything I need with a shotgun.

Some guys may suggest Mossberg. Most of the guys that I know that have them end up wanting an 870. There are tons of used Mossbergs at the local gun shows. I think if you get an 870 you like, it'll be a lifetime gun. Good luck.

Redneck2
September 23, 2001, 08:38 AM
Check out the thread about shotguns in Art of the Rifle Forum. Answers your question (unless the thread gets moved here).

KPS
September 23, 2001, 11:19 AM
Did a search but couldn't find a post about shotguns in the art of the rifle.Do you have a link?

labgrade
September 23, 2001, 01:50 PM
KPS, try here (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=81785)

The Rem Turkey is by far my favorite all-round shotgun out of 4 or so others. Coupla extra chokes (rifled, skeet, mod & extra full) & you outa be set for a wide range of critters & home guard.

I've barrels in 18 w/sights to 28" vents on various shooters & the 21" just seems to be the one that gets taken everywhere.

bj426
September 24, 2001, 11:27 AM
I apologise for not remembering what it was.... but a shop I was at had a double barreled gun chambered 12ga/.223 that held 8? 12 gauge and accepted ar? mags switch on the side to go to either barrel. It was a lil heavy but not horrible. seems like that rig would be Prrrrrfect for yotes......

Ehornad
October 7, 2001, 02:54 PM
I took four dogs last year with the vang comp 870, on at 25, two at 50, one at 80, all with 000 Fed.