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Uses for a 20 ga. 21" VR barrell

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Tact426, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Tact426

    Tact426

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    I just received a Remington Wingmaster 870 Magnum today, bought it from a fellow member, and it came with a 28" and a 21" barrel. Both barrels have the Remington chokes and the stocks are the standard sizes, not youth stocks.

    I was wondering what purposes the 21" barrel could be used for. It's smooth bore, VR, and bead sights. What uses could it be intended for?
     
  2. vafish

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    The 21" barrel is the youth model barrel.

    It makes a nice handy little gun. Would be just fine for home defense, or hunting grouse in some thick stuff.
     

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    Or hogs in tight brush, the 7" shorter or so, would be less metal and lighter gun.
     
  4. DJ Niner

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    Remington has offered factory 870s with a 21" barrel intended for turkey hunting (SPS-T comes to mind). The discontinued straight-grip 870 Special Field also had a 21" barrel option (along with 23").

    A short-barreled shotgun will shoot and kill everything a longer barrel will, if you can shoot it well enough to place the pattern properly. My friends and I used to use short-barreled scatterguns for fast-rising quail, partridge and snipe, and even early-season pheasants in thick cover or tall cornfields. Try it with an open mind, and if you don't like it or shoot it well, sell the sucker. :supergrin:
     
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    I actually bought the gun for my 11 year old son. He shoots better than I do.
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    I'll let him see how he likes it with both barrels. He may even like the 21" better than the 28".
     
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    That's the spirit! :thumbsup: