Remington 870 w/detachable magazine

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Remington 870 w/detachable magazine

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Post by Vol Texan » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:05 pm

So Mrs. VolTexan wants a “Mother’s Day shotgun” as her gift this year. I’ve long been a pistol and rifle shooter, and admit to not knowing enough about shotguns to make an informed decision on a home-defense shotgun, so I’m turning to the most reliable source on firearms knowledge available: YOU!

I picked up my latest copy of Shooting Illustrated and found this article: https://www.shootingillustrated.com/art ... m-shotgun/. Anyone have any insight on this one?
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Post by kayt00 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:13 pm

I can't speak to the DM in the article specifically, what I can say is that my brothers and I grew up on 870's for rabbit, quail, and dove hunting back when California was still a firearm friendly state. Specifically we got to play with the 870 express and 870 Wing master, both of which after the better part of two decades are still running fantastically. As a generality I don't think you can go wrong with an 870 variant.
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Post by cmgee67 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:18 pm

Rem 870 or Mossberg 590
Both solid choices.

The 870 has a HUGE aftermarket following if that appeals to you.
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Post by Allons » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:22 pm

cmgee67 wrote:Rem 870 or Mossberg 590
Both solid choices.

The 870 has a HUGE aftermarket following if that appeals to you.
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Post by Bitter Clinger » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:42 pm

You may wish to consider a semi-auto. Lower recoil and faster follow-on shots. A Remington 1100 Tactical with the 18" barrel is a very reliable choice.
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Post by Grundy1133 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:53 pm

Check out this article. I'd be happy with any of the guns on this list (some of which were mentioned here)
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Post by puma guy » Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:16 pm

The 870 is a sturdy, reliable mainstay in the shotgun world. You can't go wrong buying one. Adding a detachable magazine is superfluous. Unless you are in a firefight, needing additional shots quickly I'd stick to the tried and true tube fed version. It can be loaded quickly enough in normal circumstances.
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Post by LeonCarr » Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:06 am

My only hangup with detachable magazines on shotguns is when switching ammunition, for example from a buckshot round in the chamber to a slug, the Select Slug Drill (Fire buckshot, rack slide chambering another round of buckshot, threat is still active because he is too far away for buckshot, insert slug in magazine, depress slide release, rack slide, buckshot removed from chamber, slug inserted into chamber), with practice, is IME much faster than switching magazines, especially the larger than normal shotgun magazines.

I personally would pick the standard 870 over the 870DM.

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Post by OldCurlyWolf » Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:39 am

LeonCarr wrote:My only hangup with detachable magazines on shotguns is when switching ammunition, for example from a buckshot round in the chamber to a slug, the Select Slug Drill (Fire buckshot, rack slide chambering another round of buckshot, threat is still active because he is too far away for buckshot, insert slug in magazine, depress slide release, rack slide, buckshot removed from chamber, slug inserted into chamber), with practice, is IME much faster than switching magazines, especially the larger than normal shotgun magazines.

I personally would pick the standard 870 over the 870DM.

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If they were still being made and to the quality of all the ones I have had, I would recommend the Winchester 1300 in a pump shotgun. Smoother out of the box than most 870's are after a couple of busy quail and dove seasons.
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Post by twomillenium » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:11 pm

Vol Texan wrote:So Mrs. VolTexan wants a “Mother’s Day shotgun” as her gift this year. I’ve long been a pistol and rifle shooter, and admit to not knowing enough about shotguns to make an informed decision on a home-defense shotgun, so I’m turning to the most reliable source on firearms knowledge available: YOU!

I picked up my latest copy of Shooting Illustrated and found this article: https://www.shootingillustrated.com/art ... m-shotgun/. Anyone have any insight on this one?
I would recommend the Mossberg 500 or 590 with the OPSol attachment. This allows the mini shells to cycle reliably and for home defense the mini shell has been proven to have enough power for in home self defense, without as much threat of over penetrating walls. The mini shells can be bought in birdshot, buckshot or slugs. I do not know if OPSol makes an attachment for Remington.

Plus, the fact that Remington has filed for bankruptcy, may make a difference.
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Post by puma guy » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:45 pm

twomillenium wrote:
Vol Texan wrote:So Mrs. VolTexan wants a “Mother’s Day shotgun” as her gift this year. I’ve long been a pistol and rifle shooter, and admit to not knowing enough about shotguns to make an informed decision on a home-defense shotgun, so I’m turning to the most reliable source on firearms knowledge available: YOU!

I picked up my latest copy of Shooting Illustrated and found this article: https://www.shootingillustrated.com/art ... m-shotgun/. Anyone have any insight on this one?
I would recommend the Mossberg 500 or 590 with the OPSol attachment. This allows the mini shells to cycle reliably and for home defense the mini shell has been proven to have enough power for in home self defense, without as much threat of over penetrating walls. The mini shells can be bought in birdshot, buckshot or slugs. I do not know if OPSol makes an attachment for Remington.

Plus, the fact that Remington has filed for bankruptcy, may make a difference.
There is no adapter for the 870 that I'm aware of. Many, but not all Remington 870 seem to feed them OK and I read a review that Winchester pumps mostly eat them without a hitch. I even read Aguila designed them for the Win 1300, but that gun was discontinued in 2006. Like anything you'll find reviews that are great and those that are negative. It comes down to individual preference. I have all three brands of pumps, Winchester, Mossberg and Remington. The smoothest of all three is a Model 1200 Winchester. I have the mini shell adapter for my Shockwave, but I haven't tried the mini shells in any of the other SG's. It all comes down to personal preference and purpose. If using mini shells is not in the equation just about any pump will work. There are Chinese clones of Ithacas, 870's and others that seem to do the job just fine. If one is inclined to trick it out for tactical/defense purposes it's probably best to stick with the more popular models or their clones due to availability of accessories. I have a cheapo H&R/NEF that functions fine and an old 20" Bbl JC Higgins (High Standard) pump I carry in my truck that functions and patterns just as good as my 1300 Defender. And as I said in another thread "they're all pretty" :biggrinjester: .
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Re: Remington 870 w/detachable magazine

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Post by Pawpaw » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:03 pm

Just to throw another option out, Mossberg now has a box magazine fed 590.

http://www.mossberg.com/category/series/590m-mag-fed/

The 590M is fed from a 10-round double-stack magazine.
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Post by Grundy1133 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:23 pm

Pawpaw wrote:Just to throw another option out, Mossberg now has a box magazine fed 590.

http://www.mossberg.com/category/series/590m-mag-fed/

The 590M is fed from a 10-round double-stack magazine.
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Post by puma guy » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:22 pm

Pawpaw wrote:Just to throw another option out, Mossberg now has a box magazine fed 590.

http://www.mossberg.com/category/series/590m-mag-fed/

The 590M is fed from a 10-round double-stack magazine.
That makes more sense than the 6 round Remington's.
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