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NewGuy1911
05-30-2012, 7:18 AM
What kind of "fun" things do shotgunners do with a 18.5-20" barrel HD 870 pump shotgun?

I'm giving serious thought to acquiring a 870P 12 ga w/wood stock. My suspicions are allot of people buy HD shotguns and never shoot them; go out and learn to shoot them well.

I can understand taking Tactical shotguning classes (to a point) and I would enjoy this. Learning how people survive real world crises/threats.

Not sure if I would enjoy shooting at clays much, just for good practice, and this might be expensive.

I'm not a "hunter" though my Dad was.

If I get a Remington 870 12 ga it would be for HD/Survival, travel/camping, crowd control/riot self-defense. Even though there are a lot of turkeys around here I'm not sure how well they would cook-up!!!

The thing is; I enjoy the 1911 45 acp and want to become quite good with them. Acquire a better understanding of how they function.

So besides Tactical shootgun training and some limited clays, no hunting little birdies what "fun" things can I shoot?

A shotgun would be real good for riots though.!!!!!

em9sredbeam
05-30-2012, 7:27 AM
I bought one with a 28" barrel for trap and then purchased an 18" barrel, tactical stock, forgrip sidesaddle, mag ext, and converted it to HD. So now I use it for both.

WDE91
05-30-2012, 7:32 AM
buy another barrel and use it for both

MossbergMan
05-30-2012, 7:44 AM
If you like a challenge, shoot skeet (not trap) with a 20". And like the some other posts, get a second barrel and "do what you want" (eric cartman impression)

NewGuy1911
05-30-2012, 7:54 AM
For a second barrel, what would be the shortest/best use?

WDE91
05-30-2012, 8:07 AM
umm you kinda want opposite ends of the spectrum
one 18.5"
one 28" with removeable chokes

NewGuy1911
05-30-2012, 8:12 AM
From Ribkick, My HD is an 870 express synthetic with a LE forend, replaced the extractor and carrier spring, added a Wilson +1 mag extension, sent it off to JD to refinish (factory finish is terrible), got an 18.5" rifle sighted barrel (slugs and shot) from him and installed a Hogue 12" LOP stock. That's all I wanted and needed. Simple and down to business without a bunch of fancy doo-dads that don't-doo-much crap hanging on the gun. I also got a 26" vent rib barrel with RemChokes from JD to have a dual purpose SG to use in the field. My experience with JD was excellent on both occasions.

em9sredbeam
05-30-2012, 8:14 AM
umm you kinda want opposite ends of the spectrum
one 18.5"
one 28" with removeable chokes

I agree. Barrels are not that expensive. I got a remington barrel with a breacher choke for $140 shipped new, and you can pick regular barrels up used for under $100. It is easier to find a 28" than an 18".

the_t0ny
05-30-2012, 8:19 AM
One of the "fun" things I do with my HD shotgun is shooting bowling pins in the desert. Slugs will tear them up and send them flying. I set them up at about 40 to 50 yards so it's challenging but do-able.

JavaBrewer
05-30-2012, 8:23 AM
I started with a 18.5" HD setup (Rem 870) which my son and I both enjoyed shooting buck/slugs at 25 & 50 yard targets. That gets expensive quickly. Since then my Son did a trap class and now wants to shoot weekly trap at range so I picked up a used 28" barrel + choke here on Calguns for $70. Target loads and trap fees are much more reasonable $$ and he loves it.

Fun targets for buck/slugs include 2 litre soda bottles and wood targets. I have a simple 2x4 frame that I can screw a cheap wood backing to that we take with us. Start with a paper target then end the day letting him blow the backing apart with SG. Ah the simple pleasures in life...:)

Barbarossa
05-30-2012, 8:23 AM
umm you kinda want opposite ends of the spectrum
one 18.5"
one 28" with removeable chokes

Grab an 870 Express with the 28" remchoke barrel from Walmart/Big 5 etc...

Buy a Remington 870 12 Gauge 3" 18-1/2" Fixed Improved Cylinder Bead Sight Parkerized Barrel
(http://www.midwayusa.com/product/242364/remington-barrel-remington-870-12-gauge-3-18-1-2-fixed-improved-cylinder-bead-sight-parkerized) for $110.00

You can add a +2 extension when you feel like it if you want a few more rounds in the magazine.

I've shot an 870 express since 1995 and retired in for an 870 Super Magnum last year.

As you can see I can still easily use the 28" barrel for duck or skeet, and with the quick turn of a nut change out to the shorter barrel and extension.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-wIE54RndK-c/TP8bRRJx0AI/AAAAAAAACPk/0Wx3pLs9Qq0/s400/DSC01147.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-YHrO7gPnspg/TS5Y499OI9I/AAAAAAAACSo/zomahQXcskk/s400/DSC01157.JPG

newglockster
05-30-2012, 8:25 AM
Get an 18.5" barrel with removable chokes. MUCH more versatile IMO

Barbarossa
05-30-2012, 8:37 AM
Get an 18.5" barrel with removable chokes. MUCH more versatile IMO

Chokes do make the gun much more versatile.

I'm just not much worried with pattern at HD distances, when shooting 00 Buck.

Now a 40 yard shot with #7 or #4, I'm using the 28" barrel with my selection of chokes.