Remington 870 20ga Shells?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by eapking, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. eapking

    eapking New Member

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    Recently bought a Remington 870 Express 20 gauge. Pretty much a neophyite on shotguns. It says it can take 2 3/4" or 3" shells. I'm assuming the chamber is 3", although I can't seem to find documentation to support that. Anyway, I've read in other general shotgun discussions that it's better not to use shells smaller than the chamber. Anyone disagree?

    Also, I was told by the salesman I could use buckshot. Any differing opinions here?

    Main use: HD

    Many thanks!
     
  2. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Read your owner's manual.
     

  3. janikphoto

    janikphoto New Member

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    Though I have a 12 gauge, it should be similar for you. I can't be responsible for what you do with YOUR gun, but I use both size shells in my 870 and my Browning and use buckshot in my 870 and in my 1100 (I haven't had the need to shoot buckshot in the browning yet, but wouldn't feel bad doing so). No problems so far...
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If the barrel is stamped 2 3/4" & 3" then, yes you have a 3" chamber. 3" is the length of the FIRED shell. This allows the pedals to open on firing and safely release the shot. Shooting 2 3/4" shells thru a 3" chamber is no problem whatsoever.
     
  5. eapking

    eapking New Member

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  6. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Assuming you have no choke on the barrel, you can fire buckshot, birdshot and slugs just fine. Whether you use the 2.75" or 3" rounds depends on the application, but you can fire either just fine. I have the same gun in a tactical configuration.
     
  7. eapking

    eapking New Member

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    Thank bkt. No choke. Got some #2 buck, Federal.