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To chop or not to chop barrel? Help!

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Devils Haircut, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Devils Haircut

    Devils Haircut

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    I picked up a used Remington 870 express 20 gauge with a 28" barrel...way too long for home defense in a house built like mine. I planned on having a gunsmith chop it down to 18.5 inches but now I'm getting a sick feeling about it.

    You see, I've never been a hunter, but I don't know if I want to waste the long barrel with remchoke system and two chokes. Kind of that "what if I do want to hunt later" thing, you know? There just aren't very many cheap cylinder bore plain jane barrels for 20 gauge shotties out there. I don't want to pay more for a barrel than I did for the gun ($130). What would you do?
     

  2. aippi

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    Yes, I will trade you a new 18.5 bead sight 20ga barrel for your barrel or sell you one if you don't want to trade. PM me
     
  3. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    Buy a barrel. One will come along. Check Brownells, Numrich, Cheaper than Dirt, Midway, Cabelas, Sportsmans World, etc etc. keep looking and check gunbroker as well.

    it's doable. heck, if you just check gunboards it's doable, it'll just take a bit longer.
     
  4. longbowshooter

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    Can't beat that!
     
  5. Devils Haircut

    Devils Haircut

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    PM sent!
     
  6. MTPD

    MTPD

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    What I did was have a gunsmith cut the barrel to 18 3/4", then reinstall the choke tubes. Now I've got a shot shotgun that works for both hunting & home defense.

    Of course, two barrels would also work.
     
  7. Devils Haircut

    Devils Haircut

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    Just received my barrel from AIP Tactical! Can't wait to shoot it.

    Aippi, you should be getting the 28" barrel sometime today. Thanks alot!
     
  8. aippi

    aippi

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    Got it and it is in great condition like you said. Them poor Bunnies are in for it next season.
     
  9. bsg1

    bsg1

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    it's nice to see such a happy ending....



    -Brady-
     
  10. Haircut,

    Glad everything worked out the way you wanted.
    Sounds like it you did good.
    J.D.'s a good man to do business with.
    If you ever wanted to get a little customizing or
    upgrading done to you're 870 he's the man.
    Good shooting.
     
  11. VPD4327

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    happy ending. never destroy a good barrel.