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Old November 2, 2019, 10:22 AM   #1
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Carlson's aftermarket barrels

I was browsing the local pawn shop the other day. And lucked into a mid 60s Wingmaster 12 ga in really good shape. For what could only be described as a steal. The only problem is being an older 870, it had the full choked barrel and that was it.

I saw on Brownells an aftermarket Carlson barrel, 28" with the full vent rib and threaded for Rem-Chokes.

It had one review; which was kind of mediocre.

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Carlson brand barrels?

The Remington made was both significantly more expensive and out of stock.
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Old November 2, 2019, 11:19 AM   #2
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Wow.... when did Remington barrels get that expensive? I'm looking at a few right now that cost as much as getting a new shotgun.
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Old November 2, 2019, 02:08 PM   #3
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I think Carlson's stuff is as described. But check eBay as well. I bought my shorter replacement barrel for an old Winchester there since it was less expensive.
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Old November 2, 2019, 11:06 PM   #4
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Old November 3, 2019, 01:34 PM   #5
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The Carlson's barrels that I have seen were similar the the Remington standard RemChoked barrels - that is to say heavier than the old fixed choke barrels. Not like a Light Contour Remington barrel, but they do not come cheap. If you like the way the gun feels now, I would highly recommend having Mike Orlen install Colonial choke tubes. He has done 2 for me. Preserved the feel of the original barrel and work fine, for less than a new barrel. Briley is another one I will vouch for their work, but they are more expensive and slower than Mike.
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Old November 3, 2019, 02:46 PM   #6
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"...significantly more expensive..." Yep. It has to do with the packaging as well as the name. Bought a slug barrel several years back that came with no packaging for just over $300Cdn. with taxes. The barrel in the Remington brand package started at over $300Cdn. before taxes.
Brownell's isn't exactly cheap either. Cabela's is listing 12 ga., 28", Vent Rib, RemChoked, 870 barrels starting at $199.99. Says the stock is limited.
Same barrel at Midway is $175.99. The Carlson barrel(2 in stock) with red fluorescent front sight is a penny more.
Oh and how old your 870 is doesn't matter. Bought mine in the early 80's(when Wingmasters were nothing special), the barrel about 20 plus years later.
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