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#6226928 - 03/17/16 02:22 PM HD 870 Suggestions
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So the shotgun thread has me ready to turn my old 870 Express back up gun into sick little HD rig. It's black synthetic with old spray paint mostly rubbed off and actually looks pretty sweet. Has a vent rib and I love the way they look when cut down. I've probably run a good 2k+ shells through it and know it very well.

Plan on keeping the stock but would like to add the following and WELCOME advice/suggestions:

Mag extension - prob 5 round - who do you like?

Side saddle shell holder

Rail system over receiver - I have an eotech I might throw on it (looks like they make a shell holder with rail system in one)

What else am I missing?

#6226967 - 03/17/16 02:47 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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Don't buy the mag extension until you know how short you want to chop the barrel. When you chop the barrel, drill a new hole for the front bead.

As for the EOtech, since you have one, I guess consider it. Otherwise, for shotgun distances, the bead will take care of you more than sufficiently and save you some $.

#6226971 - 03/17/16 02:51 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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Shoot from the hip, it's a shotgun in a house. What's the max distance, 20 to 30 feet?
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Ever spit it out rather than swallow it?

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Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

#6226993 - 03/17/16 03:11 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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I found this a few months ago. This is a real interesting video on very basic tactical shotgun training for home defense. It it, he recommends a basic pump with a full buttstock and a side saddle shell carrier. It's a little long but very interesting.


#6227060 - 03/17/16 04:29 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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The secret to a long life is to try not to shorten it

Powder coated cast bullets available.

#6227067 - 03/17/16 04:34 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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Sling. Maybe a pistol grip like on a turkey gun. Makes the weapon easier to retain/ transition to handgun, and hold while using off hand to open doors/ move stuff.

#6227302 - 03/17/16 07:27 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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Here are a few of my rigs.
I love Remington shotguns.
I like to have a good light on them, and like mag extension tubes.

#6227314 - 03/17/16 07:37 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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Mag extension , light(alight laser combo could have a cool effect on a home gun) ,sling

#6227324 - 03/17/16 07:45 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
Chickenman Offline

Registered: 12/15/05
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Nordic magazine extension
Good sling
Mesa Tactical side shell carrier
upgrade your sights to whatever you'd like

Cant go wrong with Mesa Tactical or Nordic products.

#6227458 - 03/17/16 08:54 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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A light for sure.

#6227590 - 03/17/16 10:13 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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Light, mag extension, sling, ghost ring site.

#6230019 - 03/20/16 08:07 AM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: Greg]
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I have a light, Wilson Combat mag extension, and a fiber optic bead on mine. Before you cut it down, check out some patterns at 30', cylinder bore vs modifies vs full. I ended up having my cut down barrel threaded for a choke and shoot it modified. That keeps all 27 #4 buck pellets on a sheet of paper at 20 yds. It would have been better for me, price and function wise, to have just bought a second barrel.

I use one of the elastic shell holders on the stock and a plain nylon sling. I've dispatched lots of armadillos and skunks with this setup, even got a coyote messing around with the dogs about a month ago.
It is what it is...

#6230589 - 03/20/16 06:42 PM Re: HD 870 Suggestions [Re: KC]
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I'll post up a pic when I get it finished. Thx for the great feedback up


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