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Old September 18, 2020, 09:24 PM   #1
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Used Remington 870?

I'm trying to downsize. At some point, I'd like to get into shooting clays but my Remy 870 home defender is not the gun for that. It's only been shot once, years ago, and stays in the safe. What does this gun generally sell for used? $200?
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Old September 19, 2020, 02:09 AM   #2
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Short, tactical/defensive shotguns are in high demand at this time, along with other guns intended for similar use. I am not familiar with the "Defender" but I suspect it might bring twice, $400.

Try Gunbroker to see what that model is bringing currently.
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Old September 19, 2020, 02:11 AM   #3
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With a Butler Creek folding stock/pistol grip and appropriate foregrip and 18” barrel, the 870 makes for a great close range car or house gun! Who knows, you might even fall in love with it. But yeah, two hundred sounds fair.
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Old September 19, 2020, 09:08 AM   #4
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If you want to shoot clays; buy a 28" barrel with choke tubes.
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Old September 19, 2020, 12:17 PM   #5
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I know times change, but back in the day, the 870 could do it all. I've got half a dozen different barrels, running from a short as 18'' ("3 GUN" match) to as long as 30", some fixed & some with the different chokes tubes. I was always looking for another (Cheap) barrel. Butt stocks were the same. My first trap gun was my 870, with a 30" Fixed choke barrel, a butt stock from an 870 scope mounted slug gun. The barrel cost around $100.00, the stock another $50.00 and my first silver buckel (16yd first place) was worth $12.00. "Good Times"!

FITASC's advice is "Good", but I did find a Remington barrel 26" marked "Target" that I used to shoot Skeet with..
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Old September 19, 2020, 06:39 PM   #6
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I bought my Remington 870 for bird hunting from a Thrifty Drug store in the late seventies. Can’t remember what I paid for it but it wasn’t much. Harvested many birds of peace (dove) with it in Imperial Valley before I started feeling guilty about killing nice little birdies. (Didn’t much like the taste of them either). Switched out the barrel with an 18” Mossberg, removed the mag plug, and made it into a self defense gun.
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Old September 19, 2020, 07:05 PM   #7
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Used Rem. 870 BARRELS ONLY are selling for $ 200 around here, just saying.
And there ain't a decent 870 to be found.
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Old September 19, 2020, 08:13 PM   #8
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The above advice is on the money......
Don't sell your Remington, just buy a suitable barrel for it.

The 870 is a "do it all" gun that can go from a home defense gun to a bird hunting gun to an anti-bear gun to a clay bird gun by just changing barrels.
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Old September 20, 2020, 08:50 AM   #9
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Try a few pawn shops you may find a good shot gun at a decent price. I always figure two shotguns are better then one.
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Old September 20, 2020, 10:21 AM   #10
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I have 2 shotguns. One is a Browning Superposed that I bought for shooting trap. The second shotgun is a Mossberg 500 Mariner with 18" barrel that I bought while living in FL and carried on the boat.

Last year a friend suggested we try Turkey shoots. At first I said "Hell no". After some thought I bought a 28" blued barrel for the Mossberg. Price was $145 and it came with 3 choke tubes.

If you can change the barrel you have a versatile shotgun. You got some good advice, buy another barrel.
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