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Old May 25, 2000, 12:37 PM   #1
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...where I worked out my new (old) 870.

That was a blast, so to speak. I'm even more impressed now by the capability and strength of this weapon.

Some background: bought a used factory "Riot" model from reputable dealer, and came to realize after bringing it home that this was actually something of a Frankenstein. It's an older Wingmaster that has been parkerized. The wooden stocks, described at the shop as "maple" appear actually to be some generic hardwood that have been refinished in a clear coat. Nice looking, definitely NOT an 870R. Scratch one shop off the list!

Back to the range. Thanks to advice and suggestions from many, I had at least a foggy notion of how to position myself and pattern test the weapon. Range officer OK'd my use of buckshot, but preferred me to use lead #6. OK, I used some of that too, as an FYI.

First impression: WOW. I hadn't used my 20 gauge in years, so I'd forgotten how destructive the shotgun can be. I'm converted, again.

Second impression: the #4 buck held pretty tight out to ~15m. As I do more work, I hope I'll find the "magic" load that holds together even better with this bbl, but for now, for my needs, this is fine.

Third impression: I really need that flexi-tab conversion. Two jams already, out of 35 shells loaded. Operator error, to be sure, but telling nevertheless.

Fourth impression: "Maxi-pad" recoil device worked like a charm. Naturally, it was placed *inside* the sweatshirt...

Thanks again to all for the fine advice. This board provides some of the best info available, along with chuckles a'plenty.

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Old May 26, 2000, 07:23 AM   #2
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The "Maxi-Pad" recoil reducer works well, but I still hate buying them at the store.
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Old May 26, 2000, 11:49 AM   #3
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Yes, the improvised pad has earned me some good natured ribbing from the crew down here. I suppose it's strong enough for a man... but built for a woman!

Erick, the misfeeds occured while loading the shells, not racking the slide. The shells seemed to pop backward, under the carrier. The first time I recognized how important it is to feed the shell all the way in with my thumb. The second time, I grumbled. A LOT. No problems encountered while pumping the action, though. I'm a bully!

By the way, I've really enjoyed Santa Rosa. Friends of mine used to live out on Grange Rd, where they kept horses. Nice area!

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Old May 27, 2000, 09:29 AM   #4
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That's not a Maxi Pad, that's a Wonderbra(G)!!

And I have one, which I do wear when slugtesting.

No wimp am I, I've made it through one war, 20 years working as a Correctional Officer in Medium and Maximum Security prisons, and a few Cub Scout camping trips.But firing Brennekes,etc, from a 7 lb 870 goes better when I don the Wonderbra.

And I don't get any ribbing on the range when I wear it. Of course, I'm large,and armed(G)...
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