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March 18, 2009, 04:01 PM
I recently bought a Rem 870 Express Tactical 18.5 inch 12 gauge with a full mag tube (7 shots I beleive).
Is it possible to swap barrels on this? I read somewhere where you can't swap barrels with a full tube
Where can you get a decently priced 28 inch vented rib second barrel (for trap shooting).
March 18, 2009, 04:14 PM
Gander mountain $140.00
or buy off of internet.
I sold one on this site to a guy for $100.00 shipped.
March 18, 2009, 04:37 PM
gunbroker.com has some. shotgunworld.com does too in the WTB shotguns section,look in the "other" listing on that page. it lists barrel,stocks,etc.
March 18, 2009, 05:07 PM
I also have a 18" HD (6+1). Just 2 weeks ago I bought a used 26" from a private party for shooting clay, it was taken off from a Magnum Express, came with 3 chokes. However I paid more than $100 shipped tho, but is almost brand new.
The 18" barrel came with the 870 Express model that I have (25077) has a detent ball on the barrel, but most if not all 26" and 28" barrels do not have the detent ball. I need to back out the extended mag tune by 1/2 turn before I can securely tighten the barrel to the gun. Pls see my recent post for detail http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=345147
I hadn't had a chance to shoot the 26" yet ... but will be this weekend-- if weather permits :D
March 18, 2009, 10:16 PM
If you can't find one at your local gun shop or pawn shop, try my spot for barrels. REMEMBER; buyer beware
Good Luck and Be Safe
March 18, 2009, 10:36 PM
Buddy of mine gave me a 30" modified barrel. Bluing was rough and had some minor rust, but shoots fine.
March 19, 2009, 08:05 AM
Peruse the rifle and shotgun parts and accessories subforum on the equipment exchange at ar15.com. Lots of the guys over there building tacticool shotguns and selling off 28" barrels to fund their toys. Routinely see them for 100.00 or less shipped.
March 19, 2009, 11:39 AM
You can swap barrels on it easily. You'll need to remove the barrel clamp and magazine extension first. Stories from various owners have indicated that Remington sometimes puts the magazine extension coupling on with a gorilla grip- it may be hard to get off so you cn remove the barrel.
When you get an extra barrel, you'll want to get a standard length magazine spring and an 'old style' magazine cap as well, if you aren't going to put the magazine extension back on with the longer barrel. Make sure your extra barrel has the same magazine cap detent in the barrel ring that your current barrel does- newer Express barrels have a different system to retain the magazine cap.
March 19, 2009, 10:20 PM
Thank you all very much for the information.
March 19, 2009, 10:28 PM
Make sure your extra barrel has the same magazine cap detent in the barrel ring that your current barrel does- newer Express barrels have a different system to retain the magazine cap
Yep, and express finished barrels with detents are getting hard to find out there.
Some other tricks to retain the mag cap.....
1) a turn or two of teflon tape on the threads
2) a rubber o-ring between barrel ring and magazine cap.
I've used both methods and had the mag cap stay in place over 100 rounds or so of shooting.
March 20, 2009, 08:54 AM
Actually, the retaining system for 870 Express scatterguns is more complicated than newer Express barrels have a different system to retain the magazine cap
It is more like early and mid years of expresses don't have ball detents, current express barrels DO have detentes not dimples and ratchets! All express barrels with factory installed mag extensions DO HAVE detentes.
However, rantingredneck is correct I carry Teflon tape as a standard repair item in my "870 fix-en bag".
Good Luck & Be Safe
March 20, 2009, 04:10 PM
GuyS, pm sent.
2 of mine have the detent and 2 do not. the 20" rifled barrel (still for sale) that was on the gun when i bought it does'nt,the 28 vr doesn't,the 20" rs smooth and the 21" vr does.
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