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Second barrel or second shotgun?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Modeler, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I only own a single 12 gauge shotgun, a Remington 870 Express Synthetic 7-round. I'm interested in doing some skeet shooting and possibly some hunting. Would I be better off buying a second shotgun to use or would it be possible to get a second barrel for my current 870 and switch them out for those days when I'm shooting skeet?
     
  2. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just so I understand your question, do you currently use your 870 for HD and also want to use it ( or buy a new one) for hunting/skeet?

    If that's the question, then I would suggest getting another 870 with a home defense barrel, an extension tube and maybe an upgraded stock ( maybe even with a pistol grip) Having a dedicated HD shotty is nice and much more convenient.
     
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  3. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I already have the 870 with the home defense barrel and extension tube (the one pictured in the link) and would like to either have a different gun to use for hunting/skeet or get a hunting/skeet barrel for my current gun.
     
  4. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sorry Modeler....I didn't even look at your link. ha,ha...

    Anyway, I waterfowl and bird hunt over in Central Oregon and have several shotguns. My response is that it really depends on how into skeet and hunting you're going to want to get. I have a couple of 870's and they're great, but they're not like a true dedicated Benelli or Beretta semi auto shotgun for hunting. There not even on the same planet as far as fun and ease of use. So, what I saying is, if you are going to occasionally shoot skeet or hunt birds, just get another barrel. If you're going to go a lot, look into a nice semi auto shotgun.
    All the best!
    PS - I like your 870 too!
     
  5. Peteralexander78

    Peteralexander78 vancouver Slow is smooth, smooth is fast

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    Do you want one gun or two? Either way it is how much money you want to spend. You can do what you want with either direction. Personally I would go with the barrel. Cheaper and I like mulit-use weapons.
     
  6. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends on if you want to remove the barrel and extension tube every time you want to shoot skeet. I would just buy another and avoid the hassle they can be found fairly cheap used.
     
  7. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I like the versatility of configuring the shotgun for the task at hand, I have a Model 1100 that I have both a short and long barrel for, the long barrel has screw in chokes so I can shoot trap/skeet/birds with it. I also have a youth stock and regular stock because my wife shoots the gun as well. I can go from my wifes home defense short stock, short barrel, plug out 5 rounds of 00 buck zombie eradicator to my long stocked, long barrel, full choke bird hunter in just a couple of minuets.
     
  8. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I guess it's the same as the AR upper/lower thing, huh?

    "I've got two uppers I can use on this lower, interchangeability is cool!"

    "Yes, but then you have to change them out and you only have one gun anyway. Why don't you just pony up the $250 for an extra lower?"

    Sigh....
     
  9. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'd have to have 4 shotguns that do the work of one, but I'm odd that way,I have 1 T/C with 3 barrels for it.
     
  10. Hemlock

    Hemlock Vancouver USA New Member

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    As a registered trap shooter and an occasional skeet shooter, let me say this to answer your question. To do a good job, use the right tool. You can use a wrench to pound a nail. But why would you when a hammer is made to do the job.

    Not saying you can't shoot trap or skeet with a pump gun, because many shooters have and have done a good job doing it. But a pump gun is a work gun. Hunting, home defense. Trap and skeet guns are target shotguns. Made for that purpose. Same as target rifles. You can use them for hunting, but why would you. Hunting rifles can be use for target shooting, but serious target shooting, get a rifle made for it. Same with a shotgun.

    And while I'm at it, people that shoot a lot of shotguns don't call them "shottys". Sounds stupid. Too much TV. And why would you need a 7 round magazine for home defense. Five rounds in a house is scary enough. Again too much TV.
     
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  11. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I suppose you're going to argue in favor of a 10 round magazine capacity restriction too? :thumbdown:
     
  12. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    Get another 870 so you will have spares.
     
  13. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    That's what I did. I bought an extra 870 with two barrels. I've got two 870s with 4 barrels, two 28 in barrels, a rifled barrel, and a 18 in barrel.
     
  14. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Excuse you,
    4 posts in doesn't make you an expert no matter your pedigree. Lots of people call shotguns "shottys'....and 7 round mags for HD is bad in your eyes? Geez, maybe you should see my Saiga?
     
  15. Hemlock

    Hemlock Vancouver USA New Member

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    Just because I don't post doesn't mean I don't know to shoot.

    "Lots of people call shotguns "shottys'" Only in your little "posting world"

    I have no problem with a 7 or even a 50 round magazine. But if you can't hit an intruder in your house in 5, you need to quit buying all the aftermarker hype and go pratice.
     
  16. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I never said you didn't know how to shoot. What I can tell you is that every forum loves having the guy with less than 10 posts inflict their opinion on others as it were gospel.
    As far as multiple rounds in a weapon, there is a reason a multi-round shotgun exists - its fun to shoot, otherwise the idea of 30 round mags for AR's would have never gotten off the ground.
     
  17. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup: spares are good!!
     
  18. Netspirit

    Netspirit Bellevue, WA Active Member

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    To mount a flashlight on the extension.
     
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    colragland Middle TN New Member

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    If it was me i would buy a second shotgun but that depends on your budget i have few different ones just depends on what i'm hunting...
     
  20. fyrediver

    fyrediver Seattle Active Member

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    I'll give you my 2 cent opinion. I have the same HD shotgun and got a separate one for Trap.

    The barrel's not the only thing different in Trap. The stock comb is also higher in order to get proper eye alignment. Even if you changed out the barrel you'd be adding a pad to the stock to raise your eyes. Not a difficult task but I think having a separate gun for the sport is the better route.

    Another benefit is that if you're tired and don't feel like switching the barrel back you've still got your HD unit prepped and ready. I also think that running the same gun in Trap as HD will give you better handling skills and you'll cycle the pump more successfully with fewer short strokes. No worries about having to replace the barrel, light, remove the stock pad, reload with appropriate loads, etc . . . It's already ready to go.