The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 3, 2001, 11:00 PM   #1
Gravity
Member
 
Join Date: November 1, 2000
Posts: 71
Shotgun advice/help?

OK guys/gals....
I picked up an 870 express today. It's what they put into our patrol vehicles so I am use to it and it is actually quite comfortable for me. I have a question though and hope you guys can help me out here.
It came with an IC ? rifeled barrel. Now...since it has a rifeled barrel I know it's made to shoot rifeled slugs/sabots but is it possible to also shoot pellets/00 out of it? I am talking a [MINIMUM[/B] amount of this type of shooting and ONLY lead pellets no steel or copper.
Would this be alright to do? I understand the rifeling would get dirty and need extra cleaning probably.
Your thoughts?
Thanks
Gravity is offline  
Old November 3, 2001, 11:20 PM   #2
rugerfreak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 26, 2001
Posts: 819
The 1st question is: Is it IC or rifled?? It can be one or the other---but not both-----or did it come with the Remchoke system??
rugerfreak is offline  
Old November 3, 2001, 11:38 PM   #3
Gravity
Member
 
Join Date: November 1, 2000
Posts: 71
It said Remington 870 Express 870 IC 12 Gauge on the box and it has like rifle sights but when I look down the barrel it's hard to see the rifeling.
Gravity is offline  
Old November 3, 2001, 11:58 PM   #4
Gravity
Member
 
Join Date: November 1, 2000
Posts: 71
OK
Pulled out the paperwork.
It says......
Model 870 Express Pump Action Shotgun 20" Barrel 12 GA I.C. Rifle Sight

Is this actually rifled then?
Can I shoot pellets/00 in it?
Gravity is offline  
Old November 4, 2001, 12:01 AM   #5
rugerfreak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 26, 2001
Posts: 819
Nope---its not rifled----it has an IC choke----it should work best with rifled slugs and not sabots. Regular bird/buck shot of any kind will work just fine with that barrel.
rugerfreak is offline  
Old November 4, 2001, 12:09 AM   #6
zanthope
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 20, 2000
Location: Ohio
Posts: 258
I have a similar question posted on somebody else's thread "Can All Shotguns Shoot Slugs" down the page a little. I've also posted this question on the High Power forum at Glock Talk.

The answers I've got are generally YES, but the rifling ruins the accuracy.

I think I want a Remmy smooth bore combo. Those sabot slugs are 1-2 dollars EACH.

I'm not shooting any deer, just paper targets and crackerheads.
__________________
We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then it gets worse.
zanthope is offline  
Old November 4, 2001, 12:17 AM   #7
Gravity
Member
 
Join Date: November 1, 2000
Posts: 71
Ok.....so its good to user the rifeled slugs and 00/pellets then.
What is an IC choke though and is this built into the end at manufacture?
Theres no choke added onto the end like a screw per se.
Thanks for the help guys. This is new territory (somewhat).
Gravity is offline  
Old November 4, 2001, 12:31 AM   #8
rugerfreak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 26, 2001
Posts: 819
Is a permanent fixed Improved Cylinder choke-----go to the Remington web site-------they have a thing about shotguns that is very informative-----tells about chokes----shot sizes etc.
rugerfreak is offline  
Old November 4, 2001, 08:14 AM   #9
Dave McC
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 13, 1999
Location: Columbia, Md, USA
Posts: 8,812
Gravity, what you have is what you need.

That smoothbore bbl has a tapered section in it near the muzzle called a choke. This keeps the pellets together better than a straight cylinder would. Chokes come in varying degrees, IC (Imporved Cylinder) is the next step up from no choke, or cylinder choke. It's a good choke for buck and slugs, usually.

Your 870 will safely shoot any common 12 ga load in 2 3/4 or 3" length. It should be marked on the bbl that this is so.

I suggest shooting it some with light target or field loads to break it in, and have some fun while you're doing it.

Check the Archives for info on practicing, ammo etc. Be advised that the more you shoot, the better you get, the more effective you are, the safer you and your fellow officers are. And, being a stone cold deadly shooter with a shotgun aids not only life expectancy, but promotional opportunities.

Good luck and good shooting....
Dave McC is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07880 seconds with 7 queries