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870 barrel question

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by wolf19r, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. wolf19r

    wolf19r Problem Solved!

    Feb 8, 2009
    JAX, FL
    So I finally found an old 870 wingmaster with a 18.5 HD barrel. The barrel is marked 2 3/4 and I have a ton of 3" at the house that I would like to use. So is it possiable to get a 3" marked barrel to use.
  2. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
    There are plenty of 3" chambered 870 barrels availible. Swapping barrels on a 870 is a piece of cake.


  3. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta
    You'll need the long ejector if it's a 2 3/4"receiver and it's not already installed.
  4. Buffering

    Buffering The Cooler

    Aug 8, 2005
    Rocking the Casbah
    A 3" barrel will do the trick but only to a degree. As El Ron Duderino said, the receiver is only set up for 2 3/4" and you'll have to have that changed for full and complete functioning. Your friendly aippi can easily do that mod for you.
  5. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    The post is either confusing or my knowledge is. If the barrel is marked 2 3/4" only then it is an 18" barrel. If the barrel is 18.5" then it is a 3" chambered barrel and should be marked so. that is because the 2 3/4" barrels are from back when Remington barrels were 18". All the 18.5" barrels are 3".

    I can not change the ejector without refinishing the receiver unless a guy will accept uneven rivets that are cold blued. The rivets have to be ground down and that of course damages the finish on the receiver. So I don't recommend spending several hundred dollars on a new barrel and receiver work just to fire 3" shells. If you just have to fire 3" shells then sell the Wingmaster and get a 3" 870 or deal with the cosmetic issue.

    PS. My home town is J-ville and I am a Jags fan but something better happen this year or I bail.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2011
  6. CLee0507


    Dec 19, 2005
  7. wolf19r

    wolf19r Problem Solved!

    Feb 8, 2009
    JAX, FL
    OK, good to know I'll probably end up picking up another gun then. And yes the jaguars suck.