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First Rifle, or Improve Shotgun?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by semiauto, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. semiauto


    Aug 11, 2008
    Hey all, first post after a long hiatus. It's good to be back.

    I'm looking for an opinion here. I have a Remington 870, a G26 (Gen4), and no rifles (I live in the city, so there aren't many places to truly enjoy a good rifle).

    That said, I've been considering taking the plunge on a rifle. I would trade the Glock and throw down a few hundred dollars, which I imagine would leave me with a budget of ~$650. I'd probably end up with a 74.

    I've also considered buying an 18" bbl for Remy. It's a bone-stock workhorse with a 28" barrel, and I love it. My favorite part about it is the occasional sideways looks I get when I take it trap shooting. I think I might also like to buy a rail system for it.

    Can I get some opinions here? I'd even take "save your money." :supergrin:
  2. ZekerMan

    ZekerMan ZekerMan

    Feb 21, 2010
    You got it...."Save your money":supergrin:

  3. Averageman


    Oct 22, 2011
    I paid $150 for the Remington and spent my time and some spare parts I had laying around and ended up with a multi-purpose shotgun.
    I paid $150 for the Marlin 336 SC also. It had been dropped and the stock and muzzle were broken and damaged. trimmed the barrel back and had the sight re mounted, cut the damaged and unsavable 1 inch off of the stock and repaired the rest.
    I Truck Bed linered the wood, put a nice scope and mount on it and a peep sight.
    I was wanting to write and article about arming yourself on a budget. These two guns were the subject examples.
    My point is, "One Man's trash is another Man's treasure." You can do a lot with little money and a willingness to learn some skills.
    Shop hard and hit the pawn shops as a return customer, pay in cash and visit them right when the rent is due.
  4. 4 glocks

    4 glocks

    Jun 29, 2010
    I would not sell your G26 it's a great gun. When you say rifle are you looking for a AR? I would look at a SKS, Marlin 336 30-30 in the $300 range or Russian Nagant less that $200.
    A long time ago I found a used 870 barrell for $50 at a gun show and had it cut down to 19". Look for a used barrell.
  5. DoubleWide


    Sep 3, 2008
    Save money.

    I'd rather keep a pistol in the city than a rifle that won't get used.
  6. when you say "improve" your shotgun i take it you mean more suitable for home defense? for the price of a new barrel you could almost get a designated defense shotgun. check out some of the mossberg 500's on budsgunshop. that being said you have a pretty decent home defense weapon with your G26 IMO. a rifle is great but a little overkill for home defense, especially in a city. I think keeping what you have and saving is the best option. but as always keep an eye out for deals that suit your interests.
  7. Rustin


    Oct 12, 2011
    Central Ohio
    I'll buy your 26...:whistling:
  8. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    I'm in the same wagon here. I'm not living in the city, but I don't need a rifle or carbine. I have no use for it. No time to hunt, ammo prices are crazy and for those reasons I decided to stick with the shotgun and handgun combo. Whatever You decide, just remember that any new rifle isn't really a good investment if You are not going to shoot it. Building a nice shotgun may provide You with the best survival tool around BTW. Two, three different barrels for 870 can cover pretty much a whole spectrum of applications. Good luck.
  9. 4 glocks

    4 glocks

    Jun 29, 2010

    As what Nestor was saying get yourself a slug barrell and now you have a "city" rifle. They can be pretty accurate out to 100-150 yards. Look for a used one and save some money.
  10. VinnieD


    Mar 26, 2011
    Drop $99 on a Mosin Nagant to scratch your rifle itch and stick to a more practical for your situation shotgun.

    If you decide you like it you can easily still afford a better rifle or buy a modern stock kit to upgrade the Mosin later.

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  11. You have the pistol and shotgun. Save for whatever rifle, you have it all basically. A more than decent bolt or lever rifle is $300. I have a Marlin 336, great rifle.
  12. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    If you trade your glock do you have another pistol? I would not trade my only handgun for a rifle .
  13. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    I'd upgrade your shotgun first, more bang for your buck.

    Gunsmith cut down long barrel and install a new bead, Tac-Star 6rd sidesaddle, Choate +2 mag tube extension, clamp light mount, Surefire G2X, Limbsaver recoil pad, Hogue overmolded forend. All that shouldn't run you much more than $300, and you'll have an outstanding defensive shotgun.


    (not an 870, but you get the idea)
  14. Averageman


    Oct 22, 2011
    You might ant to do a quick check of Cabela's.
    I hear they have $199 SKS's right now, aparently they want them gone.
    You can have a very handy little carbine there for a very nice price and tons of cheap available ammo.
  15. I'd keep the Glock above all, and then add an AK.
  16. HalfHazzard

    HalfHazzard Señor Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    Republic of Texas
    You've already got two fine pieces of hardware in your collection; I say keep 'em, save your money, and continue to add to the collection. Your 870 is a "do-it-all" right now in its current configuration... as long as "all" is outside of 26" or 28".

    Considering that at least 3 of 9 of the top legal minds don't feel that the second amendment is actually a right that applies to our citizens, but somehow only legalizes the National Guard for the states, I'm planning on adding guns and not trading them while it's legal to do so.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  17. semiauto


    Aug 11, 2008
    Thanks kindly gentlemen, there's a lot of good input here, as usual. I think I will end up looking around for a slug bbl for Remy. This is an especially good idea for me, considering that comrade Immanuel won't let us hunt with rifles in the Republic of Illinois. :supergrin:

    Any suggestions for slug bbls? I like the idea of a 20" smooth bbl with ghost ring. What can I reasonably expect in terms of accuracy and effective range with this?
  18. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
  19. GenoTac Ind.

    GenoTac Ind. |KYDEX GEAR>

    Jun 22, 2004
    Louisville, KY
    Keep your Glock, look around for a used 18" barrel with some sights on it. I bought a used cylinder bore 2 3/4-3" 18" barrel with bead sights for $50. Then buy some ammo and be proficient with what you have. That's my take with you being on a budget.

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  20. arclight610


    Dec 2, 2009
    Keep Glock, keep 870, buy short-barreled Mossberg Maverick or 500.

    EDIT: For increased ridiculousness:

    Part 1) SBS the 870, keep the wood furniture on it, put on Eotech on it, then take it back to the trap range where you normally shoot.

    Part 2) Get on one of the major hunting shows. Use your SBS 870 for upland and turkey hunting.

    Part 3) Start new trend.

    Part 4) Profit.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012