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Old 02-09-2009, 07:21 AM   #11
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Hate to be argumentative, but I don't think they have made a 2-3/4" only Model 870 in 20 years.
Not on the 870. It comes out of the box able to shoot 2 3/4" and 3".. the 1100 semi-auto is 2 3/4" only, but that's a totally different shotgun.

Anyway, for home defense, you want a short barrel. Acadamy Sports carries the 870 and sells short barrels on one of their aisles. Get the 28" barrel for trap, then change it out for the 18 1/2" home defense barrel and sit it next to your bed when you get home. done!
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There are actually MANY more Remington model 870s with 3" chambers than there are 2 3/4" only. Where did you get that nugget of misinformation? The older 870s were the 1s chambered for 2 3/4", and most of the express line is 3" capability. Having said that, who needs 3" for home defense?



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I forgot to mention that the Mossberg 500 shoots both 2-3/4" and 3" shells while the 870 is 2-3/4" only. That is all.
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Not on the 870. It comes out of the box able to shoot 2 3/4" and 3".. the 1100 semi-auto is 2 3/4" only, but that's a totally different shotgun.

Anyway, for home defense, you want a short barrel. Acadamy Sports carries the 870 and sells short barrels on one of their aisles. Get the 28" barrel for trap, then change it out for the 18 1/2" home defense barrel and sit it next to your bed when you get home. done!
I was thinking the same. The question though is how tough is it to swap the barrel? I don't have much experience breaking down shotguns.

Would I be able to swap the barrel on this: http://www.impactguns.com/store/047700250779.html with one of these, maybe a 28": http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=netcon&id=0005760212137a&navCount= 1&podId=0005760&parentId=&masterpathid=&navAction= push&catalogCode=XJ&rid=&parentType=&indexId=&cmCa t=netcon&cm_ven=netcon&cm_cat=&cm_pla=&cm_ite=netc on&rid=0180101070502&hasJS=true
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It takes about 1 minute to change barrels on a Remington model 870. All you do is retract slide to rearward position, unscrew mag tube cap,slide barrel off forward, and do reverse to reinstall the other barrel. It just took me 3 times the amount of time to type how,as it actually would've took me to change barrels.

The 870 is MY personal choice for home defense shotgun.

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Well, that showed me. I have Mossbers and a couple of hunting buddies have 870's that are 2-3/4" only. Obviously, I was unaware (have not shopped for any) the the 870's take the 3". Good to know. However, I do agree that 3" shells are not needed. The 3-1/2" are just plain nuts to me. For deer hunting, there is quite a bit less drop for longer shots with the 3" shells. Home defense imo is short barrel and buckshot.

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Tristar cobra Nice pump regular stock or fold over the top with pistol grip.Unusal feature of this pump a spring return loads quicker.got mine for 300.

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...The question though is how tough is it to swap the barrel? I don't have much experience breaking down shotguns...
As mentioned in the post above, it is VERY easy to do. I won't go into the details, since he already did... but, if you can change your shoes, you can change the barrel on an 870. Shoes may be faster, if they are slip-ons or velcro. Otherwise, the 870 is quicker to do.
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Unless you live alone in an castle, with it's thick stone walls, you have it EXACTLY backwards. Out to 15 yards, birdshot is exactly what you want-NOT 00 buckshot, at least for the 1st couple rounds. at up to 15-20 yards, high brass #4 "turkey load" 2 3/4" WILL do EXTENSIVE damage, without over-penetrating (through walls, bad guys, etc) like 00 buckshot will.
Try shooting something with the load I mentioned and you'll see what I'm talking about. Blanket statements such as yours violate standard gun safety (always have backstop) , and COULD result in your wife, kids, or even neighbors getting hit after 00 buckshot over-penetrating. PLEASE don't make recommendations such as that without knowing the possible outcome in ANY situation THEY may be involved in. AGAIN-#4 high brass or 2 3/4" magnum turkey loads are PLENTY to eliminate ANY person from any further acts of aggression, and instantly or very quick in the least. It is EVERY bit as deadly-if not more so as 00 buckshot. 00 buckshot WILL retain individual pellet energy to kill or injure loved 1s or neighbors AFTER passing through walls.







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That's actually a good point to bring up, stalkingbear. I know guys who think using an AR15 for home defense is a GOOD idea. They'll be the ones explaining to the police why they accidentally killed their neighbors or even worse their own family.

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Cabela's -- Remington 870 Replacement Shotgun Barrels

Which barrel would you guys reccommend for shootin clay? I'm not a competitive shooter but I do enjoy going out once in a while and hitting them!
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