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Old June 17, 2005, 05:07 PM   #1
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I have decided on a 870 combo with a rifled barrel but I am wondering... Can I get another bird barrel, have it cut down(to the legal limit) and use it for IPSC? Also would it be easy to swap out the stock?
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Old June 17, 2005, 05:12 PM   #2
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Old June 17, 2005, 07:48 PM   #3
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How come you want a rifled barrel? Planning to shoot a lot of sabot slugs?

Otherwise you'd be better off with a smoothbore barrel with rifle sights- it'll throw much better shot patterns (rifled shotgun barrels shoot doughnut shaped patterns with shot). And if you need to shoot slugs, Foster type slugs or Brennekes will do pretty well out of most smoothbore barrels.

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Old June 17, 2005, 07:55 PM   #4
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An 18" barrel is loud. When practicing with my Combat shotgun, I wear good ear muffs over the best ear plugs I can find to protect the hearing I have left. A 22-24" barrel is good for what you want.

As Lee pointed out, the rifled barrel is useful with Sabots. With buckshot, the rifling gets the stuff spinning and blows it all over the place when it leaves the muzzle. Get a smoothbore and check out Federal's new TruBall if you want slug accuracy.
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My 18.5" with 3" 00 Federal Magnums is about as loud as my .44...
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Old June 18, 2005, 11:17 AM   #6
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Swapping out a barrel on an 870 is super easy.
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