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Old March 9, 2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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About remington 870

the barrel is way to long for home defense and would like to take off a few inches the problem is it has a chrome insert i suppose is for installing a choke on the barrel. Now what I would like to know is it able to be removed and possibly reinstalled? I was also wondering if anyone has any experience with mag tube extensions and what brand and or capacity is most recommended? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old March 9, 2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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A shorter after-market barrel would be easier and cheaper
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Old March 9, 2010, 07:08 PM   #3
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Does that "chrome insert" have notches 180* apart on the end (muzzle)? If so, it is a screw in choke tube.

I agree that a short barrel is easier, handier, and not excessively costly.

Keep the long barrel for versatility or sell it to cover the short barrel and possibly a few boxes of shells.
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Old March 9, 2010, 07:28 PM   #4
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Short barrels for the 870 abound. Swapping them is a 5 minute job for a ten thumbed dunce like myself.

Get a short,18-20" barrel and heat it up plenty......
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Old March 9, 2010, 11:29 PM   #5
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Used to have a 20" barrel with rifle sights on it. Sold it on e-Bay for a few dollars more than it cost me for a brand new bead sight Remington 18" smooth bore on Cheaper Than Dirt. Then went ahead and put a Wilson Combat two round extension under it, along with a magazine/barrel coupler.
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Old March 16, 2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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if it takes you 5 min to change out the barrel on an 870, you have problems bigger than just having 10 thumbs
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Old March 16, 2010, 09:00 PM   #7
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Oh, I 'spect by now Dave could do it blindfolded with 9 of this thumbs tied behind his back...........
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Old March 18, 2010, 07:45 PM   #8
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Just took Daughter downstairs as a timer. Frankenstein got a barrel swap in 3 minutes, 11 seconds. I didn't hurry, and Frank lacks a spring retainer, so I had to keep some pressure on it.

Changing barrels on an 870 is hardly rocket science, nor complicated.
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Old March 18, 2010, 08:12 PM   #9
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i was gonna buy a 26" barrel for me 870 to shoot clays and birds, but decided that the 5 minutes it would take to swap the barrels while out shooting isnt worth the trouble, so imma buy another 870 witha 26" barrel and wood furniture...... tragdic i know
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Old March 18, 2010, 08:33 PM   #10
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choke tube +1

Yup your probably looking at a choke tube, installed in the bbl.

You don't want to defend our home with a "sawed off" shotgun anyhow. The lawyer types will have a field day w/ that (not right, but the way of things I regret to say).

Lots of factory short tubes as previously noted. Mossberg makes an 18" bead sighted tube for the Rem 870 which can usually be found for under $100 bucks new.

Mag extension? I had trouble with a tac-star and had to have the end cap re welded. SD/HD guns stay loaded and there's a lot of pressure on the mag spring, end cap and shell stops. My issue Rem ext has given no problem. I'm a big believer in the spring guide, which robs you of 1 rd, but coils the spring neatly for reliability, and since you cannot cram the mag to the gills, extends spring life as well, I think.
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