My first shotgun!

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    My first shotgun!

    I wanted to give an update on my shotgun search:
    I finally bought my first shotgun, a Remington 870. Took it out to the range and shoot clays all weekend. Now after 500 rounds I have a black and blue shoulder.

    After I got home on Sunday I decided to take the gun apart clean it and learn about all the parts. Well I took the trigger out, and while cleaning I managed to loose the carrier dog spring and pin. With no luck searching my carpet for an hour, I ordered the parts from midway and will have them midweek.

    I have been browsing shotgun upgrades, and have ordered a recoil pad and a side saddle. I am thinking about buying parts to be able to convert it to a tactical shotgun. However, I would need to buy a smaller barrel, stock with a pistol grip, and a pump with a handle. With having to buy all this, would I be better off just getting a Mossberg 500? (remember I am a poor college student)

    Thanks for everyone helping me pick out my first shotgun.
    I believe in gun control...... Thats why I use TWO hands.

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    Congrats! Any pics?

    I put a sidesaddle on my Mossy 500, and the first thing I noticed was how heavy the gun is with six rounds of 00 Buck attached to it. Heads up on that.

    If this is your home defense / bump in the night gun, the first thing I'd spend money on would be one of these or something comparable.

    Good luck with that shoulder!

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    Congrats on the New Shotgun!!! That is awesome!! We need some pic's on this!!!

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    The only thing you really need to convert is a 18" barrel. Those can be found cheaply. Keep It Simple... you will be glad you did.
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    I didn't take any pictures yet, the gun is currently disassembled waiting on midway to get me the parts that I lost. Once she is back in working action I will get some up on here.
    I believe in gun control...... Thats why I use TWO hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDog View Post
    (remember I am a poor college student)
    Well there's your problem.

    I'm in the same boat. Fun place to be. 500 rounds in a weekend? Damn, most I ever did was a little under a hundred, but the weight of the over-under I was using minimized any real recoil. Hope you had fun bruising your shoulder, at least.

    An 870 is high on my to-get list. College costs quite a bit more at the university level.


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    Good choice with the 870, I need to get one sometime.

    For a defense shotgun all you really need is a short 18-20 inch barrel, the next things are a light of some sort and a side saddle. Weapon mounted lights are invaluable tools on a long gun in an urban situation.

    My Mossberg does have a full length stock with a pistol grip on it that I found a good deal on, but its not needed (I'm just used to have a pistol grip on my defensive weapon.) As far as the vertical grip on the pump, I've never been a fan of em.

    You could always check around for a used short barrel pump, although new ones can be found for under 300. If you could find a used 870 with the short barrel, then you would have the same controls on both shotguns so you don't get confused if you are ever in a messy situation.
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    You poor college students are better off than us college student "parents" who are footing your expenses. You're fussing to the wrong character here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDog View Post

    I finally bought my first shotgun, a Remington 870. Took it out to the range and shoot clays all weekend. Now after 500 rounds I have a black and blue shoulder.
    500 rounds out of an 870 in one weekend......for a relative shotgun newb?! That's gonna leave you black and blue!

    Congrats on the purchase. You'll have that gun forever!

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    Congrats! My first was an 870 also. Great machine. Keep it clean and it will last you forever!
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    Congrats on the new shotgun, I'll second the recommendation on a shorter barrel. Keep an eye out at the gun shows for a shorter barrel, I recently picked up a nice vent rib 870 barrel for a friend for $130, much cheaper than new. If nothing else you can pick up a longer barrel and have it cut down to 18 inches and a new front sight installed for little cost.

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    I agree with most previous posts


    All you need is a shorter barrel, it doesn't need alot of gizmo's to make it look tacticool. It just needs a short barrel to be a "Tactical " HD weapon
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    Nothing wrong with owning two shotguns either. One setup for HD the other for sport shooting.
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    An 18" or 20" barrel is all you really need(as everyone has said already)...the rest is just foo foo. But it's fun.
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    Congrats on the Scattergun.....

    What did you shoot Trap, Skeet, SC or just backyard birds.

    What kind of ammo did you run?


    PS I consider myself an avid shotgunner however, Shooting two Flats of ammo in one weekend is something I would not attempt due to the bruising of the shoulder. Thats also very mentally draining....Anyway congrats
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