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    Keeping it too simple?

    Picked up a remington 870 express, 18" barrel 4+1. Nothing fancy. Is that keeping it too simple? I was debating an extension (heard they can fail, especially when needed), a light (I'd rather rely on my night vision/non blinding light), and/or a side saddle (is it needed?). Am I keeping it too simple to the point of stupidity, or is the current rig reasonable?

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    perfectly reasonable. If you really feel the need for a few extra rounds there are fairly cheap buttstock rigs with loops for more rounds. Find some low recoil buck shot and you are in business!
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    I think the current rig should be just fine. Do whatever you feel comfortable with if you want to start modifying it, but it's no slouch as is IMO.

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    Load it with buckshot and it will not be simple on the receiving end.

    It will be very deadly indeed.
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    K.I.S.S., add some 00-Buck, and 'presto'...HD!
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    Sounds good to me. My first line home defense is a 12 gauge coach gun with my extra rounds placed strategically around the house in sets of two. Nothing fancy here, but I wouldn't want to be on the business end.
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    I say keep it simple...5 rounds with a simple way to reload will do just fine...
    If you have others in the house or live in a setting where you are worried about lead leaving the room, ie from drywall etc...load it up with #4 or #6 high brass. they will be plenty powerful in the house, and will not travel through walls where other loved ones or innocents may be.
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    You are talking #4 or #6 birdshot correct? I would agree those are excellent from a reduced penetration perspective if that is a concern. I also hear good things about #4 buck as a defensive round rather than 00 buck due to the slightly larger pattern and more shot overall, albeit smaller.

    Quote Originally Posted by snowdoctor View Post
    I say keep it simple...5 rounds with a simple way to reload will do just fine...
    If you have others in the house or live in a setting where you are worried about lead leaving the room, ie from drywall etc...load it up with #4 or #6 high brass. they will be plenty powerful in the house, and will not travel through walls where other loved ones or innocents may be.

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    If you empty 5 rounds of 00 buck, and you need more,you really gotta move outta that neighborhood,I keep 3 more 00 and 2 slugs in the buttstock sleeve,I have a AR15 with 30 round mag slung over the inside closet door,and my 1911 W/25 rounds available,I have no kids at home
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    K.I.S.S., add some 00-Buck, and 'presto'...HD!
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    Extra ammo wouldnt hurt. You dont have to have tactical extensions and all that stuff for it to work. There was a time when that stuff wasnt made...and the guns still did the job. Do it if you want but you have a fine setup.
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    Who could argue with a simple light (they are rather spendy though), and a way to keep some extra ammo on the stock?

    It's fun to go and see the shot patterns with different types of ammunition, then make your decision on that.

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    I keep an 18" 870 for HD. It has the mag extension.

    I've used it for clays, buckshot, and long-range slug shots. In all, I've probably shot 1500-2000 rounds.

    I have never encountered any problem whatsoever with the magazine, feeding, follower sticking, or whatever. It is 100%...every single round functioned properly.

    I say, get the extension. More rounds can't hurt
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    I am talking about birdshot....very devastating with minimal penetration of walls. very important depending on your living situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyp View Post
    Picked up a remington 870 express, 18" barrel 4+1. Nothing fancy. Is that keeping it too simple? I was debating an extension (heard they can fail, especially when needed), a light (I'd rather rely on my night vision/non blinding light), and/or a side saddle (is it needed?). Am I keeping it too simple to the point of stupidity, or is the current rig reasonable?
    When the poop hits the fan simpler is often better. I think you will be just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdoctor View Post
    I am talking about birdshot....very devastating with minimal penetration of walls. very important depending on your living situation.
    It's call BIRD shot for a reason. If it was for people it would be called people shot. Buck shot is for deer sized animals in the 100 to 250lb range like...hmmm...people.
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