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    Default Cutting down 870 barrel?

    I just purchased a used 870 for real cheap. It comes with a 28" barrel. I was thinking of having it cut down to 18-18.5". I heard it can have extremely negative affects on the pattern. Is it possible to have it modified to accept chokes?

    What kind of chokes should I look at for HD (full, modified, improved)? I am looking for a tight pattern. Any ideas on the price range on having the barrel cut down and modified for chokes?

    Can I shoot slugs out of a cylinder bore barrel?
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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    If it is a smooth bbl, you can shoot rifled slugs.

    I doubt you would need a choke for SD. It is not going to spread that much unless you have some long hallways.

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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    Just be very careful if you cut the barrel yourself. It's smart to leave that extra .5, just to be on the safe side.
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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    This is just my opinion, but I would keep the 28" and one day you might find it useful for hunting or even resale value.

    Remington, Cabelas, Brownells...etc, sell replacement 870 barrels including HD variants. They usually go for only around $100. I believe the one you want is called the "express" with 18" barrel and a bead sight.

    That way you can have one gun for 2 purposes.
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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    Quote Originally Posted by 762xIan View Post
    This is just my opinion, but I would keep the 28" and one day you might find it useful for hunting or even resale value.

    Remington, Cabelas, Brownells...etc, sell replacement 870 barrels including HD variants. They usually go for only around $100. I believe the one you want is called the "express" with 18" barrel and a bead sight.

    That way you can have one gun for 2 purposes.
    I agree with this. The 870 is a good all around gun. Keep the 28" barrel for upland hunting, then get a slug barrel & a short one for SD.
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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    Quote Originally Posted by 762xIan View Post
    This is just my opinion, but I would keep the 28" and one day you might find it useful for hunting or even resale value.

    Remington, Cabelas, Brownells...etc, sell replacement 870 barrels including HD variants. They usually go for only around $100. I believe the one you want is called the "express" with 18" barrel and a bead sight.

    That way you can have one gun for 2 purposes.
    Quote Originally Posted by IronButt View Post
    I agree with this. The 870 is a good all around gun. Keep the 28" barrel for upland hunting, then get a slug barrel & a short one for SD.
    This. I meant to say it too.do not ruin a good bbl

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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefcakeb0 View Post
    This. I meant to say it too.do not ruin a good bbl
    The barrel is pretty dinged up and has some rust on the area around the tip.

    I need to inspect the bore.

    Can I fire rifled slugs out of a choked barrel?

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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    yes you can, if it is a fixed full or extra full i would watch out if you dont GAF then Blast them without a care it may bulge the very tip, but if you are making a SD only weapon then it matters not.

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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    Are there any 18-18.5" barrels with threaded barrels for chokes? I am mostly intersted in extended chokes in particular, but willing to accept flush fit.

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    Default Re: Cutting down 870 barrel?

    Try here:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/

    Type "870 barrels" in the search box & pick one.
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