New shotty!

New shotty!

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    New shotty!

    I just bought a Remington 870 12 Gauge Express Magnum with the 28" barrel/w modified choke and synthetic stock. It has under 100 rounds though it. It came with a gun case (which is about one inch too short), a couple cleaning materials, a extra shell holder to put on the stock and about 50 7 1/2 shot shells.

    All this for $150 (actually only wanted $100 for it). A friend was leaving town for school and just wanted it gone and however much cash I could give at the time. How did I do?

    I'm looking for a home defense shotgun (AKA, shotgun project to along with my AR project), so it is a little too long for me. I was thinking about either getting a different barrel and switching a bunch of things, or just trading it at the next gunshow for different version more appropriate for my purposes. If I do go hunting with it, how much would a shorter barrel change things in that regard?
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    Keep the longer barrel if you want to hunt with it, you can find an after market 18" barrel rather cheap, and you still will be ahead on the deal.
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    yep just buy a shorter barrel for HD or a cheap used barrel and cut it down to 18 1/2" to make sure it's leagal then have a bead sight installed or if it's a vent rib drill and tap the vent rib to screw a bead sight into.as far as case you can find them cheap in pawn shops
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    i had an 870 that i was going to outfit the same but after pricing the aftermarket items (barrel, stock, forend, etc...) i figured i'd just grab a maverick 88 for about the same amount if not less... the 88 is basically a no-frills moss500... just another option... your 870 is definitely a nicer gun than my 88 though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryPower View Post
    ...All this for $150 (actually only wanted $100 for it). A friend was leaving town for school and just wanted it gone and however much cash I could give at the time. How did I do?...
    I think you paid $50 more than you should have.
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    I think you did good on the 870. Plenty of aftermarket stuff to make up the 870 anyway you wish and switch it back to suit , as your needs change. 28" is good all round barrel length. But for HD, I'd buy a shorter one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinokrk View Post
    I think you paid $50 more than you should have.
    Yeah, but I didn't feel like ripping off a friend, THAT much; just a little, LOL. He just really needed money, so giving him what I could with more towards what the gun was actually worth instead of what he was asking for it was, I felt, the most decent thing to do.

    He was also selling a M&P for $200, but it had a couple problems (nothing that S&W wouldn't take care of; for free). Someone else got it off of him though.

    I was thinking along the lines of an 18" barrel with a mag tub extension. The 20" would just be a little bit longer and could have more capacity, but it seems that 18" is the "thing". I plan on at least putting a G2 with a BOG LED drop-in on it.

    Any good sites that sell the 18" barrel for a good price? I couldn't really find anything that really stood out, just Cabela's and Midway. Of course, any site that have cool doodads to go with it are welcome as well.
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    Congrats and WHAT A DEAL! I just (February) bought a Remington Express 18" bbl. from cheaperthandirt.com. Midway was out of stock on Mossy's barrels for three consecutive months! The bottom line (after shipping) with cheaperthandirt purchase was a whopping $6 more than Midway and I didn't have to wait. Pay the little extra and get the bona fide parkerized barrel for your Remmy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper58 View Post
    Pay the little extra and get the bona fide parkerized barrel for your Remmy.
    The only ones I see are blued or matte blued. Where would a parkerized one be? Also, will the security model barrel fit on my Express?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryPower View Post
    Yeah, but I didn't feel like ripping off a friend, THAT much; just a little, LOL...
    Just a little joke, I see you took it as much. Nice grab.
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    MP - You are correct. I just figured mine behaved like a parkerized, weathered like one and looked like one (with matte blue) that it must be one. My short barrel works fine and the looks are close. I stand corrected. As for your security barrel fitting, I'm not 100% sure. Most of me says it will but I'd check Remington's site to be sure.
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