870 express vs super magnum

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    870 express vs super magnum

    Just wondering if there is a big advantage of one or the other the price difference is a few extra bucks. Just wondering if its worth the extra cash to be able to shoot 3 1/2" shells or if they are much more money than normal shells or dont have much of an advantage over the 3" shells besides just recoil.

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    what are you using it for that is the question i have a express and barly use 3 inch i use 2 3/4 a lot more for deer hunting for turky they like to use bigger rounds like the 3.5 inch shells
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    It all boils down to the ammo you are going to use and what reason. 3 1/2 shells often are more easy to find in some shot sizes, as well as being magnum loads more commonly. At least, in my experience.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    Will be my home defense shotgun and the everynow and then skeet shooting or bird hunting. The stanard 870 will shoot the 3" shell the mag shoots the 3 1/2 plan to add a pistol grip and aftermarket folding stock, along with mag tub extension.

    trying to decide between the 870 and the mossberg 500

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    anyone find the point to be able to shoot the 3 1/2" shells

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    my old 870 with the 2/4" chamber has never let me down in the last 40 years.
    I haven't hunted long range geese with it however. I have recently converted the grand old scatter gun my dad bought me to a home defence weapon with some pretty nifty modifications. It is the most versatile gun I own, a keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbraves8 View Post
    anyone find the point to be able to shoot the 3 1/2" shells
    3.5" shells are primarly used to be able to shoot larger, higher flying birds like geese or tougher game like turkey where longer distances are likely.

    If your intention is HD or the occasional clay or upland bird shoot, I would not concern myself with the 3.5" gun. You'll never use it.
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    I would add another vote for the Express. Spend the savings on something else (firearms related or otherwise).

    I personally see no benefit in 3.5-inch shells for home defense. OMO, YMMV.

    Good luck with whatever you choose!
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    ok, thanks prob will go with the express unless I find a good deal. I found a remington 870 express super magnum comes with Comes with original 28' vent rib barrel and modified choke. Extras are; 18' police barrel, screw on 2 mag extension, remington bolt on picatinny rail. Aftermarket stock is made by advanced technology and can be seen at the below link. Stock only, no forend so I would use the stock 870 forend.
    Rifle Stocks and other Gunstocks for AK, AR, SKS and more - Advanced Technology International USA

    All that for 500 bucks FTF it has been shot around 5 times and is in great shape, has original stock as well

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