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I'm really interested in the 870 Express Tactical shotgun. Of course it has an 18 inch barrel that does NOT accept chokes. I want to have the 6+1 capacity and I don't want to be messing with tube extension for the longer 26" 870's. I will mostly be using this shotgun for plinking and skeet shooting but occasionally I want to pheasant hunt. Would I still make out decently with an 18" shotgun with no choke?
 

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I've tried quail and rabbit a couple of times with an 18" barrel and never had much luck. One good thing about the 870 though, is that a barrel swap takes about a minute. So get the 870 Express, then buy a 26-28" barrel that takes screw-in chokes and you'll be in business.
 

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I've tried quail and rabbit a couple of times with an 18" barrel and never had much luck. One good thing about the 870 though, is that a barrel swap takes about a minute. So get the 870 Express, then buy a 26-28" barrel that takes screw-in chokes and you'll be in business.
Beat me to it, Dan. Wish I could do that with my Ithaca Defense 18"...
 

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So get the 870 Express, then buy a 26-28" barrel that takes screw-in chokes and you'll be in business.
I talked to a guy at the local sporting goods store and he told me I could find a NEW barrel for $80-$100, but when looking on Remington's website they range far into the $200's... Where would I find a new, quality barrel like this?

Also when you say you've never had much luck, have you had any luck? :confused:
 

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I talked to a guy at the local sporting goods store and he told me I could find a NEW barrel for $80-$100, but when looking on Remington's website they range far into the $200's... Where would I find a new, quality barrel like this?

Also when you say you've never had much luck, have you had any luck? :confused:
gunbroker.com has a lot of them ...

It is FAR easier to buy the 18" tactical and then buy a longer barrel - the shorter barrels are harder to find.
 

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go to closeout barrels on the left.

Havlin Sales & Service - Mossberg Gun Parts

Yes the 870 is so popular its main competitor makes barrels for it. The finish might not match, but the birds will be just as dead, and the ones that live, wont judge your matching or not perfect finish matching.

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REMINGTON® 870™ BARRELS BY MOSSBERG®

Limited availability - buy before they're gone!
LENGTH

CHOKE
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24" RS
CYL BORE
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RIFLED FRONT AND REAR SIGHTS
SMOOTH BORE SLUGSTER
$89.99

Note: Above Remington 870 barrels will handle 2-3/4" shells and 3" shells ONLY if you have a receiver so marked with "M" suffix serialization that is equipped to handle magnum 3" shells. If you do not have a magnum receiver, use standard 2-3/4" shells. Refer to your owner's manual.
RS = rifled front and rear sights



 

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The 2009 Remington 870 Tactical has threads for a choke. Mine has a Breacher already threaded in there. You can just take that out and put what choke you want in. I don't know if you want an 18" for hunting though.
 

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My favorite rabbit gun has a 20" barrel on it. Look on gunbroker.com and you can find cheap barrels. I just bought a fully rifled 12 gauge barrel for $115.00. It normaly sells new for $200+.
 

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I have owned the 18" and I decided to sell it. I now own the 20" and I really like it better. The 20" allows a few more in the tube (longer tube) and did not hurt my portability. I like the collapsible butt stock to give more options. Other are correct when they say it is easy to swap barrels. I bought mine with the nice long hunting barrel and then bought the short barrel. I added the tube and a clamp, so the clamp slows down barrel change a little.

Good luck and post up some picks when you make a choice.
 

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Double check, I thought the Tactical 870 barrel was not removable.

In which case you should buy an 870 Express with a 28" and Rem Choke and then pick up an 18" for HD.
 

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I have the 18" Synthetic HD model. It's not very good for skeet shooting. I tried once and go so pissed because I couldn't hit anything. Then I borrowed my buddies with a 28" barrel and I was back in business. It's great for HD, but not so much for anything else except some paper target fun.

Double check, I thought the Tactical 870 barrel was not removable.

In which case you should buy an 870 Express with a 28" and Rem Choke and then pick up an 18" for HD.
It is. There's no choke modification though.
 

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I talked to a guy at the local sporting goods store and he told me I could find a NEW barrel for $80-$100, but when looking on Remington's website they range far into the $200's... Where would I find a new, quality barrel like this?

Also when you say you've never had much luck, have you had any luck? :confused:
Don't believe the Remington site, that is MSRP and stuff routinely sells for less. A long barrel will be easier to find than the 18" tube.

By "never had much luck" I mean that I found game and got shots off, but didn't take any quail and only a couple rabbits at close range. It works pretty good for jackrabbits with 00 buck, though.
 

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Ok why do you want a tactical? what comes with it that others don't?

I ask because if I had a lot of money heres what I"d buy.

Youth 870 12 gauge either with the 21" barrel or a combo with a slug barrel if I was interested in that.

Get the knox stock (so the youth doesn't matter cause I would get this anyways, and 21" is ideal IMO unless you want to buy another barrel)

Then get a foreward grip you like but personally I've never been bothered by wood (now a surefire grip if thats your cup o tea, and then you aren't wasting any money with the youth variant)
 
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