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Old 03-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Shotgun for HD/Clay Shooting

Any Expertise on this field?

I went clay shooting for the first time today, and had an absolute blast. I'm addicted right away...

I shot a 870, it was very comfortable. It seems like this is the route to go (not the mention they're cheap)

Anything else I should need to know? I figured it'd be a decent gun for HD as well (with the correct ammunition), is this a solid assumption?

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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As a starter gun, the Remington 870 is a great all-purpose gun.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:43 PM   #4
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:47 PM   #5
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Unless OP plans on sticking with the sport for quite some time, I would advise not lol. OP the 870 is a great starter all-purpose shotgun.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:51 AM   #6
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Yeah I've actually been planning on picking up a 28" 870 for this exact purpose. Not that expensive and I love the 870 action. Also, it's hilarious to outshoot your friends who have over-unders and autos with a pump, trust me.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:33 AM   #7
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Yeah I've actually been planning on picking up a 28" 870 for this exact purpose. Not that expensive and I love the 870 action. Also, it's hilarious to outshoot your friends who have over-unders and autos with a pump, trust me.
This. 28" barrel fullchoke and you can reach out and touch someone with it too.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:25 AM   #8
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Yeah I've actually been planning on picking up a 28" 870 for this exact purpose. Not that expensive and I love the 870 action. Also, it's hilarious to outshoot your friends who have over-unders and autos with a pump, trust me.
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This. 28" barrel fullchoke and you can reach out and touch someone with it too.
The 870 express full synthethic 12ga was my first gun at 13 years old so I will always have a soft spot for it. I still have it and dont plan on getting rid of it. Years later it still performs flawlessly from deer hunting to turkey hunting and everything in between including sporting clays. Of course since then I have picked up better shotguns for target shooting but you can never go wrong with an 870. The variety of options for it including barrels and choke tubes make it a great gun to shoot.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:30 AM   #9
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whatever gun fits you and you enjoy the most, really. Don't listen to the yearly change of "long barrel vs. short barrel" popularity. They both do a decent job.

over/under > *

I love my Remington Peerless Model 320, great gun for hunting/light trap work. A lot of mixed reviews on it, but I don't really see why. It hasn't failed for me ever with routine cleaning.
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whatever gun fits you and you enjoy the most, really. Don't listen to the yearly change of "long barrel vs. short barrel" popularity. They both do a decent job.

over/under > *

I love my Remington Peerless Model 320, great gun for hunting/light trap work. A lot of mixed reviews on it, but I don't really see why. It hasn't failed for me ever with routine cleaning.
I saw your sig and said to myself "what the hell does flashtwosix know about guns", then I checked the username.
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The 870 express full synthethic 12ga was my first gun at 13 years old so I will always have a soft spot for it. I still have it and dont plan on getting rid of it. Years later it still performs flawlessly from deer hunting to turkey hunting and everything in between including sporting clays. Of course since then I have picked up better shotguns for target shooting but you can never go wrong with an 870. The variety of options for it including barrels and choke tubes make it a great gun to shoot.
This is what I was looking at getting. 870 Express.

Not the be cheap, but it's the cheapest for fun range time and hasn't had much bad reviews about it.

Will probably try and score a deal on the Tactical version that already has a 18.5" and 7 round choke tube.

The only difference in barrels is mainly the shot size, correct?
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An 18.5" barrel will be terrible for any type of clays. I would go with a 26 or 28.
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The only difference in barrels is mainly the shot size, correct?
The barrel basically controls the rate of expansion of the shot as it travels down range. That, combined with the choke and ammo creates your pattern. For anything distance related you're going to want a longer barrel. Choke is a matter of personal preference to a certain point. On my 870 im running a 28" barrel with a full choke.

the more "full" a choke is the tighter your shot will be. The longer the barrel the longer your shot stays "tight". I'm sure Reedo is typing up a novel on this and will hopefully do the trick if my explanation doesn't.
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http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/ItemD...rum-2-REM25568

This. Awesome deal and a fantastic gun.

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http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/ItemD...rum-2-REM25568

This. Awesome deal and a fantastic gun.

You can get the 870 express for less than $300 plus taxes when places like Dicks and Bass Pro have their seasonal sales.
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Got my 870 wingmaster not express from a police trade in for $199 otd You can grab some good deals on some used ones too.
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What's the difference between the wingmaster and express?
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What's the difference between the wingmaster and express?
From what I read the wing master has much more attention paid to detail. Fit and finish are much better. I believe the extractor is different and better in the wingmaster. Action is supposedly smoother and trigger group is metal vs plastic on some expresses.

I got a good deal on a police trade in wingmaster. getting it cerakoted and outfitted with magpul furniture.

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The barrel basically controls the rate of expansion of the shot as it travels down range. That, combined with the choke and ammo creates your pattern. For anything distance related you're going to want a longer barrel. Choke is a matter of personal preference to a certain point. On my 870 im running a 28" barrel with a full choke.

the more "full" a choke is the tighter your shot will be. The longer the barrel the longer your shot stays "tight". I'm sure Reedo is typing up a novel on this and will hopefully do the trick if my explanation doesn't.
... Patiently waits for Reedo

Thanks for the clarification though. I'm a total noob to shotguns.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:05 AM   #20
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how much would a new or used 870 go for?

what would you guys consider as a nice step-up from the 870? A shotgun that's more expensive but a worthwhile look if im interested in spending a bit more.
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