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Old September 12, 2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Frankenstein!

For about 9 months I have heard references to Frankenstein. Not to put anyone on the spot I won't say from whom. but if they would lime to say why they have given one particular 870 the moniker I am curious. My guess it was born form parts taken from one gun here and another there, but is the creature ALIVE!
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Old September 13, 2011, 05:23 AM   #2
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PM Dave McC on staff, it's a good story.

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Old September 13, 2011, 06:34 AM   #3
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Heck... It has been long enuff... time for reduex?

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Old September 13, 2011, 08:53 AM   #4
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It's in the Archives here, titled "A Kitchen Table 870".

In brief, I built a fine using shotgun from parts. Maybe 6-8 870s were the donors and the finishes do NOT match. Thus the moniker.
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Old September 14, 2011, 11:42 AM   #5
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Just read the story. Any pics, Dave?
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Old September 14, 2011, 02:23 PM   #6
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Good story.
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Old September 14, 2011, 03:36 PM   #7
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Not here,BeachHead. An old thread on THR titled " Some Pics" has some of most of my 870s.

Frankenstein is a GP shotgun that absolutely shines at some things. Finding the right line to place its pattern is one. Another, getting new shooters into shooting without pain nor trauma. Frankenstein has helped maybe 40 new shooters so far, and maybe a couple more this coming weekend.
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Old September 14, 2011, 05:02 PM   #8
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Nice guns, Dave. Had to register with THR to view the pics.

I'm loving how Frankenstein is a mish-mash of parts from various 870s. Been tinkering with my Express over the years. I'm thinking some walnut furniture would be nice.
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Old September 14, 2011, 05:21 PM   #9
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http://www.thehighroad.org/showthrea...ight=Some+Pics

OMG that is ugly! I bet it was fun to build though. Neat story, thanks.
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Old September 14, 2011, 10:09 PM   #10
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Abel, it's actually beautiful when you hold it, or see a new shooter use it to reduce a clay to component molecules.

It's taken game from doves to giant Canadas, quail,squirrels, ducks of most legal species (Still need a Canvasback and a couple sea duck species as well as a turkey for a feather slam) and went 13 for 17 one morn on Snow geese.

It has a sub 4 lb trigger and does OK with slugs.

Beach, it now wears a stock from the 50s with a new pad, Kickeez I think.

It's been a test platform for a lot of stuff, barrels, stocks, sights.

Right now it's stuffed full of buck,wearing the 21" barrel and is a real comfort in a world full of werewolves that need no full moon.

And it has Soul....
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Old September 15, 2011, 05:56 PM   #11
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I was gonna say Frank has some real character, but soul describes him even better.

Oh, I meant a walnut stock and fore-end for my 870. I'll wait and make them Christmas gifts to myself.
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Old September 15, 2011, 08:26 PM   #12
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Character,soul, whatever you want to call it. When holding Frankenstein, it's like a body part and not a tool.

Walnut is best,IMO. Not just for esthetics, but because it's easy to alter compared to synthetics.

Current wood on Frankenstein is mixed. The stock came from someone I know who upgraded his 870 to a trap stock.

The forearm is from my first 870, ca 1950.

If you do replace your wood, might as well make it fit you.
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