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ajwells
02-06-2006, 9:45 PM
I'm going to go to Big 5 tomorrow and buy an 870.

I had a couple questions, pretty dumb ones at that.

1) I know it's 12 Gauge, but I don't know if there are different size 12 gauge shots, will the 870 use 2 3/4" shots?

2) What is the max capacity of shots in the 870?

ajwells
02-06-2006, 9:49 PM
One more:

3) Does the 870 have a choke?

accordingtoome
02-06-2006, 9:50 PM
870 is great.. thought of a mossberg?? save about $100 and its still a great shotty..

ajwells
02-06-2006, 9:51 PM
100? So it's like $190? Is this true? That's a great deal if so.

ja391
02-06-2006, 10:04 PM
I'm going to go to Big 5 tomorrow and buy an 870.

I had a couple questions, pretty dumb ones at that.

1) I know it's 12 Gauge, but I don't know if there are different size 12 gauge shots, will the 870 use 2 3/4" shots?

2) What is the max capacity of shots in the 870?

3) Does the 870 have a choke?

1) Yes, there are various 12 guage shots (from birdshot, buckshot, to slugs) in 2 3/4, 3 inch, and 3 1/2 inch. The 870 can take 2 3/4 shells. If you get the 870 Express magnum, you can also shoot 3 inch shells. If you get the 870 Super magnum, you can shoot 3 1/2 shells.

2.) the magazine capacity depends on which 870 you buy. Usually it's 3-4 shells.

3.)This also depends on which model you buy. Most do come with chokes. I know for sure that the 28" barrels come with a choke, but I'm not sure about the smaller barrels, such as a home defense model.

100? So it's like $190? Is this true? That's a great deal if so.

Big 5 usually sells the Mossberg 500 with 2 barrels (28" and 20") for around $200-230. It's not always at that price. It's only sold at that price when they put it on sale, which is like every other week or so.

phish
02-06-2006, 10:20 PM
I had a 20" barrel on my 870 that I bought from Gander Mountain about 12 (!) years ago. That particular barrel had chokes on it, the rifled one would have been the most useful to me at the time. The Tac-Star magazine extension tube you see for sale almost everywhere increases the capacity to 6, forgot if that's total, including the 1 in the chamber.

I sold it and "upgraded" to a Benelli Nova, dumb idea. The Nova's trigger leaves much to be desired when compared to the 870's. Yes, I admit to being high maintenance when it comes to triggers. I'll pick up another 870 one of these days.

ghostrider4evr
02-06-2006, 10:54 PM
Get a Knoxx Spec Ops down the road too!

Matt-man
02-07-2006, 12:05 AM
Most 12-gauge 870s have a capacity of four 2-3/4" shells in the tube, so the +1 and +2 extensions you see around give you 5 or 6 plus one in the chamber.

I noticed that most of the 870s listed on Rem's web site will handle 3" shells - only ones like the Classic Trap are limited to 2-3/4". Just about all of the birdshot barrels come with Rem Choke tubes nowadays, but the web page contradicts itself on whether the short Express model comes so equipped.

Jon
02-07-2006, 12:08 AM
I have the 870 HD 18" (6+1 capacity) and love it. I know Big 5 carries it.

Remington 870 HD (http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model_870/model_870_express_synthetic_18inch.asp)

Matt-man
02-07-2006, 12:23 AM
Jon, does it have removable choke tubes? One part of the site says it does, and another says it doesn't.

Stanze
02-07-2006, 1:32 AM
Turner's has the 870 Tactical on sale w/ pistol grip and factory extended mag.

http://www.turners.com/engage/displayad2.php?H=1&m1=February&m2=February&d1=2&d2=8&img=ads/02-02-06/rem870tact.gif

http://www.turners.com/engage/ads/02-02-06/rem870tact.gif

I handled it in the store, it points GREAT! And, it say's "Tactical" on the side, what a sweet bonus.:p

CowtownBallin
02-07-2006, 11:16 AM
I'm going to go to Big 5 tomorrow and buy an 870.

I had a couple questions, pretty dumb ones at that.

1) I know it's 12 Gauge, but I don't know if there are different size 12 gauge shots, will the 870 use 2 3/4" shots?

2) What is the max capacity of shots in the 870?

There's a model called the super magnum that fires 3.5" shells. Otherwise, the 870 Express magnum does 2 3/4" and 3" shells, as was stated before. I believe the choke is an improved cylinder, but don't quote me on that.

Don't bother getting the one from turner's for $375, you can get the one from big 5 for $299, then order an even cooler-looking AR-15 style telescoping stock for it for about $50 online. The Mossberg 500 at Big 5 costs $229, so you're saving about $70. I have a Moss500, and it's a cool gun, but I think the Remington is better.

rips31
02-07-2006, 11:28 AM
i got my 870 express hd for $239 (includes the mag extension). 18" barrel. can do 3", but just as good w/2.75". if you're using it for home, i suggest changing the fore-end to a sure-fire.

Jicko
02-07-2006, 3:40 PM
rips: where to get the 870 at that price?

rips31
02-07-2006, 3:56 PM
rips: where to get the 870 at that price?
it was at high bridge arms in sf. i bought 2, both w/sure-fire fore-ends. total for each gun came to ~$500 and some change.

Jicko
02-07-2006, 4:21 PM
So, the surefire forearm cost like as much as the shotgun?

$239 seems to be a VERY good price... for the 870..

rips31
02-07-2006, 5:02 PM
yea...surefire cost quite a bit...as much as the shotgun. ok, had them install it for me, too. then with tax, well, yea...you know the drill. so, got a slight discount b/c i bought 2. otherwise, i think the price is higher.

Jon
02-07-2006, 10:24 PM
The 870 I referenced has a fixed choke. You can shoot almost anything out of it, though you would need to use rifled slugs.

The 870 series has just about every configuration known to man. Just figure out what you want and go from there. The aftermarket for the 870 is very healthy, as well.

Omega13device
02-08-2006, 9:21 AM
I do a little trap and sporting clays so I got the Express Magnum from Big 5 for $269 (on sale from $289) or about $315 out the door with taxes and fees. It's a perfectly good shotgun for this kind of activity. It has a 4-shot magazine and the ability to take 3" shells but for trap/skeet/clays you do not need the bigger shells. Besides, they'll kill your shoulder after 50-100 rounds so don't sweat it if that's your intended use.

ajwells
02-08-2006, 12:20 PM
Well as it turns out I am broke. So I can't afford to buy it right now. Hopefully in a week or two.

Nick5811
02-11-2006, 4:19 PM
I went to Mel Cottons sporting goods today in San Jose, off of Race/San Carlos and they have a Winchester/Remington (I forgot which) in a 'home defense' model, with the metal trigger guard, the 870 style safety, and a mossberg style silde release lever for $179. The guy there was saying that this company bought the rights to the patent and it appeared to be a well made gun. I forgot the name of it, but you could look into it. Supposedly all the after market parts will fit on it. Call them up and ask for the brand if you're interested.

Just an idea for those of you that don't have a lot of $$$ and just want something for the house

explodingvarmit
02-13-2006, 10:38 AM
side by side there is no real difference between the two. The mossberg is cheaper and if you plan on useing the slide release often for things like slug select or to just download your firearm, the release button on the rem has a horrible location where the mossberg is just behind the trigger. I have used both for USPSA 3 gun compition (production class) and would take the mossberg over over all other pumps.

Nick5811
02-14-2006, 1:22 AM
I have used both for USPSA 3 gun compition (production class) and would take the mossberg over over all other pumps.

US Postal Service Association?
:eek:

haha, me too my friend. After mine comes in and I'm done puttin all the goodies on it we can post a 'pics of your shotty (and off-list paperweights)' thread!