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Old 03-24-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Remi 870 Smooth Bore Barrel?

Hey all,

Bought my first 12 gauge this past weekend, after reading quite a bit about them. Thanks to the sticky about first-time shotgun buying by Reedo302, I ended up going with a Remington 870, as opposed to a Stoeger O/U. So far, I'm very happy with my purchase, but am ready to start adding to it.

The gun came with a 20" rifled barrel which is great, but since I'm most interested in trap/skeet shooting, I can't really use this barrel. I'd like to keep it though for when deer season comes around.

My question, is I'm looking to buy a 28-30" smooth bore barrel. Where are some places to look? I've been scanning GunBroker and Gander Mtn quite a bit, but in most of the listings, they don't say if they're rifled or not. Pardon my inexperience, but I assume they're all going to be smooth-bored, unless specified, yes? Also, the current barrel says "Use 2 3/4 or 3" shells in magnum receivers. 12 GA use only 2 3/4 in all others. Fully rifled, 1 turn in 35 inches".

Now, on to the pics (for some reason I can't share pics from my web server):
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hf7hb7n13ut21dv/er5eb-owpo

Thanks in advance, guys. So far, I love the gun and am extremely happy with my purchase.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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It's not going to be a great trap gun anyway you cut it.


I've got a real nice Browning Citori XT for sale if your interested.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=333448065
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It's not going to be a great trap gun anyway you cut it.


I've got a real nice Browning Citori XT for sale if your interested.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=333448065
It'll work fine for trap for awhile, tons of people use them to shoot trap...but I don't think he wanted to go from a cheap barrel to a $2400 trap gun I'm guessing lol...we could post a $40k trap gun and say the citori isn't going to cut it if we want to get really ridiculous
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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IMHO the citori is a low end trap gun, its entry level for somebody who wants to become competetive.

It makes a huge difference if your tossing around clays with a hand thrower or actually competing. If you really want to get in to the sport you have to invest in a quality shotgun. The guns are actually the cheap part of of any firearms sport. Gas, time, equipment, and ammo will soon dwarf the cost of a trap gun.

It's like that with any sport. My old CQB was used for single stack matches and was owned by two different competitive shooters since new. It has over 125k rounds down it right now. Using the cheapest ammo available right now, tula at .40 a round thats atleast $50,000 thats been down its tube... Remember, thats using the cheapest ammo around.

You could take a 86 corvette to a race with a professional stock car driven by somebody with aspergers but your not going to win

Barrel wise, lurk gunbroker. Lots of good deals floating around.
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I know that you will outshoot the cost of the gun and it's a small part of the investment but still going from a $200 barrel to a $2400 gun is a big leap. I'm also assuming the first handgun you ever bought wasn't a $3000 Wilson combat either or a $6k race gun ...but you can get win brass and federal brass for .40 cents and under right now to btw. I also didn't see where he mentioned he was going to use the 870 for competitions either...
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hmmm, First was a $1000 colt 1911.


http://www.gunbroker.com/Shotgun-Bar...rds=870+barrel
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Oh, wow, thanks for the replies.

I know it's not the most ideal gun for trap, or even the best entry-level gun for trap. I looked around for a while and decided I wanted something that could be versatile -- something I could primarily shoot trap, but occasionally take hunting. For this reason, I went with the Remi over the Mossberg.

I'll definitely be buying another, depending on how much I shoot this summer, and how much I improve on my marksmanship.

Thanks for the tip about GB. I'll keep searching on there. Are most barrels smooth bore or rifled?
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Most are are smooth bored. Make sure to find one that can take chokes so you can tune it to fit your needs.
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Most are smooth bore. Unless it says it's a rifled barrel, it's smooth.

The markings on your barrel for shell size relates to the barrel, not the gun. 870 (non super mag) barrels are all interchangeable between older and newer receivers, but some older receivers were not made for 3" shells; only 2 3/4". If you have an 870 built within the last 10 years, you have a receiver that can handle up to 3". The reason why the barrel marking is there is for liability to tell customers they were warned that it's up to them to know what receiver they have and if they don't have a 3" magnum receiver, they should only use 2 3/4" shells.
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