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Old December 27, 2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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aluminum shell followers

Are the aluminum shell followers really that much better than the cheap plastic ones?

Is it worth $20.00

Will it be more reliable?
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Old December 27, 2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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I would swap out a plastic for metal follower immediately.

Just too risky to count on something that could last forever or break today...

I also noted that Junior has the red/orange plastic one. Unlike my black one, I initially thought... "LOADED TUBE" on first sight as I am used to black is empty on mine and 12 gauge shells are usually red.

In mine, I look for black or brass.
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Old December 27, 2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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Metal followers are well worth the money. They don't take away space in the tube like the solid end plastic followers.

I am big fan of the Vang stainless follower.

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Old December 28, 2009, 02:05 PM   #4
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Kuhnhausen mentions that in high mileage trap 870s and 1100s the metal followers contribute to peening of the receiver at the end of the mag tube.

In most cases, I doubt it makes any difference.

The 870s here have either plastic followers or steel, depending on vintage. No problems to report.
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