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Old 02-24-2012, 00:09   #1
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Here's a great home defense shotgun for a newbie to consider

Remington 870 Youth 20 Gauge

Cheap - $329.00 after taxes if that much
Portable - 21" youth barrel with 13" LOP
Anyone can use it - Designated as a "Youth" 870 Express.

I started buying these when my sons starting duck hunting. The it dawned on me they make great HD weapons. This is from our annual pilgrimage to Arkansas. My youngest made the trip with me. They are so easy to carry and handle as per the picture:

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Old 02-24-2012, 00:58   #2
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Yep, agree...my son's Mossberg 500 Bantam youth 20 gauge plays dual role as his hunting shotgun and a HD shotgun for him and my wife. Has the same overall length as my Remington 870 with an 18.5" barrel.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:21   #3
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I agree, I handled one recently at Sports Authority and I really liked the idea. I liked it so much I actually started looking up ballistic type info on the 20ga as I'm not familiar with it at all.

If my fiance doesn't like the 870HD I recently gave her after shooting it, then I'll get her this exact gun. Does anyone make a mag extension or different barrels?
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:22   #4
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No argument here.

Great for anyone averse to the kaboom or weight/size of a 12g
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:38   #5
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Remington 870 Youth 20 Gauge

Cheap - $329.00 after taxes if that much
Portable - 21" youth barrel with 13" LOP
Anyone can use it - Designated as a "Youth" 870 Express.

I started buying these when my sons starting duck hunting. The it dawned on me they make great HD weapons. This is from our annual pilgrimage to Arkansas. My youngest made the trip with me. They are so easy to carry and handle as per the picture:
Remington makes an exclusive Jr model for Gander mountain

http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...2&merchID=4006

12" LOP...you can add a recoil pad to make it even less painful
18" barrel
Synthetic or blued available
$349
They are just hard to find.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:59   #6
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The design of the 870 with the steel receiver abates the recoil in the 13" LOP Youth model as well as even the 12 gauge 3.5" magnum model. I don't understand it but 870's often have less felt recoil than recoil operated semi autos. I like them because they are easy to work on.

About the only thing I add to the Youth 20 is an imp cylinder choke. I am not sure about mag extensions or different barrels. It is easy to change the stocks out. I do know that.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:09   #7
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I've got the 870 20ga youth syn, its awesome. Got it for my 12y/o, hides in the bedroom. So small, kind of perfect
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:19   #8
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Nothing exclusive about it. Model 81180 has the 18.5" Vent Rib barrel and Synthetic youth stocks. And would make a better HD then the 21" barrel.

Wilson did make 20ga Extension for the 870 but they have discontinued them due to lack of a supplier for the steel tube to make them. They could return in the future.

Remington of course makes a 2 shot.
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Old 02-24-2012, 13:28   #9
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The Remington Express Compact Jr is the sleeper in the group. Think of it as the librarian you walk past because you can't see her beauty until she let's her hair down and takes off her glasses.
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Old 02-24-2012, 16:06   #10
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The Remington Express Compact Jr is the sleeper in the group. Think of it as the librarian you walk past because you can't see her beauty until she let's her hair down and takes off her glasses.
Love that analogy.
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Old 02-24-2012, 16:12   #11
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Nothing exclusive about it. Model 81180 has the 18.5" Vent Rib barrel and Synthetic youth stocks. And would make a better HD then the 21" barrel.

Wilson did make 20ga Extension for the 870 but they have discontinued them due to lack of a supplier for the steel tube to make them. They could return in the future.

Remington of course makes a 2 shot.
By exclusive I meant in this configuration from the factory..the laminated wood...and the 18" barrel.

At least GM has it listed as exclusive to them...
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Old 02-24-2012, 16:17   #12
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Colonel ^2,

Anything to help the unwashed masses.
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Old 02-24-2012, 22:12   #13
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If you have an Academy near by(mostly in the south) you have to consider this:

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...700+4294963068
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Old 02-24-2012, 22:15   #14
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If you have an Academy near by(mostly in the south) you have to consider this:

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...700+4294963068
Link is broken or down. Can you post a pick/description?
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Old 02-24-2012, 22:59   #15
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If you have an Academy near by(mostly in the south) you have to consider this:

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...700+4294963068
That's a good price however that model only comes in a 21" barrel length which is a RCH too long for HD.

I still vote for the Rem Exp Comp Jr.
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Old 02-24-2012, 23:12   #16
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It's a great option for ANYONE, not just a noob... Good guns, for sure.
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Old 02-24-2012, 23:24   #17
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I have to look around for one. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:01   #18
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I gave one to my daughter when she moved out of the house.

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Old 03-02-2012, 13:03   #19
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I gave one to my daughter when she moved out of the house.

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Is that a 1 or 2 shot extension?

Is this the Express Compact or the Jr with the 12" LOP.

I assume this had the dimples you needed to drill out?
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Is that a 1 or 2 shot extension?
It's a Wilson/SGT +2.

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Is this the Express Compact or the Jr with the 12" LOP.
It's the Youth model.

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I assume this had the dimples you needed to drill out?
To be honest, I can't remember if this gun came with the dimples or not. I've drilled out more than a few of them..which isn't any big deal.
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