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Heres the story:
Well I Owned a mossy 835 for a few years and it never quite fit me right. This past year I broke down and bought Remington 11-87 to dedicate to my deer hunting and man it fits me so much better. Ive owned a Remigton 870 in 20 gauge for sometime but it has a womens/youth stock and 21 inch barrel (my wife recently stole it). After hunting season I decided I was going to finally build a dedicated HD gun around the Remington 870 action.

I put the mossy up for sale since my 11-87 took over for hunting and the mossy never quite fit me, nor did I care for the tang safety. I scoured the net for a SUPER deal on an 870 since the only part of the gun I truly wanted was the action. Since I sit at a desk all day, I kept gunbroker pulled up :grin: . I found a decent deal (would have been better without shipping charges and transfer fees) for a used 870 in good condition. The pictures dont really show it but there is a spot of surface rust here and there, the finish of the wood is also worn a noticable amount. The gun will be sand blasted and refinished so the surface rust means nothing at this point. I have all of the parts on order but the stock is back ordered 1-2 weeks :( . Here are the pictures of the gun as I recieved today. I have not wiped it down or cleaned it. I will post pictures as the project progresses.


Tonight I will tear it down and begin to smooth the action up a bit by stoning off any residual machining marks or burs as well as polishing up the contact points. After that I will tear the trigger group down and polish everything up in there so it works smooth and reliably.
 

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This is the thread I've been waiting for! I will follow your progress with interest. From what I know of you this will prove to be one fine gun when you complete your project.
 

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Well, as you can see, its FILTHY! Some cleaning and stoning here and there, a couple drops of oil and its got one clean, crisp trigger. I cleaned up the sear and hammer engagement and it made a slight improvement. I accually reduced the engagement a tad. This is where you DEFINATELY dont go very far, Its an HD gun not a benchrest rifle. I also used some 800 grit paper on the bolts contact points to smooth things up there.






 

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Im glad there is an interest in this. I have one night involved so far and im hooked...lol. I might have to buy another one and do up after this one is done.

This little dimple is to keep the magazine spring keeper in the tube when you removed the barrel nut. Its in the way for the spring and follower that goes with the 10 round mag extension... I ground it out using a small bur in the dremel.

 

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Looks good so far, except for that nasty hole in your magazine tube. ;)
I'm sure it will look much better after that's cleaned up and smoothed out.

Remington 870 20 gauges shotguns are some of the most underrated HD shotguns.

I'm guessing that you'll put an extended magazine and a new follower and spring, so I'm curious to know what brands you're considering.

Wilson Hi-visibilty follower and spring? What are you using for the extended magazine?

Do you have a new barrel yet?
 

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Krackels said:
Looks good so far, except for that nasty hole in your magazine tube. ;)
I'm sure it will look much better after that's cleaned up and smoothed out.

Remington 870 20 gauges shotguns are some of the most underrated HD shotguns.

I'm guessing that you'll put an extended magazine and a new follower and spring, so I'm curious to know what brands you're considering.

Wilson Hi-visibilty follower and spring? What are you using for the extended magazine?

Do you have a new barrel yet?
Well, the Mag tube I found in the classifieds on another forum. Its a Choate and it has its own highviz follower. I may make one out of aluminum, I have not decided yet. The barrel is a complex problem...lol.
I was goign to take the 26" barrel that came with the gun and have it cut to 21" and then have it rethreaded for chokes, backbored and the forcing cone lengthened. I could have that all done for $130.00 but I found some turkey barrels on Ebay that are 21" with chokes. Well they are going for close to $200.00 and then I would still need to have it backbored and the forcing cone lengthened. I opted to buy a smooth bore adjustable sight slug barrel thats threaded for chokes. I will still have this one cut down and all but this slug barrel will do for now. I want to have the cut down ventrib dovetailed at the muzzle to accept a TFO front sight. That would give me a really bright low light front sight. Its getting expensive and momma is watching my checkbook...lol Here is a list of what this is going to total with the barrel I bought today on ebay...
Gun $160.00 + shipping and FFL = $200.00
Barrel $160.00
Stock $57.00
Choate Mag extension $30.00
Side Saddle $26.00
Total $473.00

The fun so far... PRICELESS

Oops, forgot the price to refinish it, maybe $40.00
 

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I recieved an email from the guy I bouoght my barrel from, it will ship tomorrow. Hopefully I will have it in time for the weekend so I can go sand blast it all.


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I posted too fast... I just ordered the Moly Resin finish and it wont ship for 2-3 days so no sand blasting this weekend.
 

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Well I've not had much time to work on this until this weekend so heres the newest batch of pictures. The barrel came in and I think that even though I'm going to have the ventrib barrel cut down, Im going to put some XS 24/7 sights on this barrel. It has screw in chokes so I can go from a rifled tube to an IC tube. The Mag extension that I bought used, turns out to be a 8 round tube, giving me 9 total in the gun with 2 3/4" shells... Oh well. I know the tube sticks out further than the barrel but in a way, it will help protect the muzzle from being banged against things. I may put an extended choke tube that I can weld a muzzle device to, like this... Mine would be homemade of course, and of the 12 gauge variety :mrgreen: .

Imagine getting poked with that thing on the end of a shotty :mrgreen: .

I decided to bevel the underside of the reciever to facilitate easier/fater loading. I used a file, dremel, stone, 600 grit paper.



Im still waiting on the product to come in so I can sandblast all the metal and refinish it, as well as the sidesaddle and Hogue stock. So far Im very happy with the way its turning out. I may head over to dads today and fire up the lathe to make an extended and rounded saftey. I know you can buy them but thats not quite as custom and rewarding as making your own ;) . Heres what it looks like so far...
 

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Good stuff Ichy, a HD shotgun is on the list this year of items to purchase. I keep going back and forth on a Benelli M4, Mossberg or Rem 870. I keep leaning toward the Benelli or 870 w/ knoxx stock.
 

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Cool, I like fact that the mag tube is longer than the barrel. I've had a few shooting buddies mention seeing shotguns with mag tubes longer than the barrels but I'd never seen one.
 

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Krackels said:
Wow... the tube is longer than the barrel.

Is that a no-no or is it just cosmetic?
Its just cosmetic but when I have the ventrib barrel cut, it will be the same length as the mag tube.

ichy - You are really making some progress! Thanks for keeping us posted.
Thanks, it would go faster if the rest of my parts and stuff would come in ;) .

Good stuff Ichy, a HD shotgun is on the list this year of items to purchase. I keep going back and forth on a Benelli M4, Mossberg or Rem 870. I keep leaning toward the Benelli or 870 w/ knoxx stock.
Build one, its more fun and exactly how you want it. :-D
 

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i've got the maverick 88 in my signature. i'm planning on the knoxx cop stock (the telescoping one) for about $140, and an 18 inch barell (bout $90 from mossberg) it holds 5+1 now, which i'm cool with.

though i'm entertaining the idea of getting some duracoat and doing something with that.. just to see how i do with it, as i can test it on the long barell i pull off the gun, then maybe eventually do my own slide on my XD.

i'd like to see if theres a way i can modify the forend pump to a rail setup with covers and a light mount like i saw in one of the threads. i'm sure i'll have to modify it though, they make the kit for the mossy 500, but not sure about the maveric yet.

cheers
 
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