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I want to buy a tactical shotgun. At the same time, my friend wants to get me into turkey hunting.

Can I buy one shotgun and just swap out barrels for different purposes? Does anyone already do that?

(PS, I really like the Remington 1100.)
 

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I've never changed barrels on an 1100 but it's an easy task for the 870 and the mossberg 500 and 835 which I own.
If you're going for turkey just get one with a barrel around 21" with chokes and leave the barrel as is.
 

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Well I have an 870 in 20 gauge with a 21" barrel. But that barrel is just too long to be used in a tactical situation. Plus I'd rather have a 12 gauge for hunting and home defense.

(edit....I meant my 870 has a 26" inch barrel)
 

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1100's are as simple as any you unscrew the mag cap slide off the forearm pull back on the bolt a lil bit slide the barrel off, just get any short barreled shotgun with choke tubes , problem solved you change the choke to what you hunting, the remington 1100 most all have tubes these days , if not for usually 50 bucks most smiths will do it for you
 

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Actually most people like an 18" barrel for turkey hunting, so if you get something short for home defense it'll be perfect for turkey hunting as well. Depending on the kind of ammo you want to use for HD, you could just get a turkey choke and keep it in there. Personally, I went with an 870 tactical express with an 18" barrel and 6+1 capacity. I use an Imp. cyl. choke and load the gun with 2 shells of bird shot, 2 shells of 00 buck, and 2 shells of slugs. That gives me 2 shots to maim, 2 to put down, and 2 for long distance knock down. Plus a 6 shell side saddle.
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wait, 21" is too long? You mean my M500A1 with a 20" barrel is too long for tac/HD shooting? :) its only an inch longer. I wish I had a choke to change and add a Extra Fulll choke...that would make it 21".
 

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What exactly is a tactical situation?

While we're at it, what the hell is a tactical reload? I saw someone talking about that the other day.
Tac reload is where you shoot one round, you replace it with another, you shoot three round, place it with three round. That's for shotgun. Pistol/ rifles with mags; basically you change out mags before it runs empty. That way you will always have a fresh mag in your gun and have extra round to use later if you need to. What you see in movies and shooting competition is speed loading. They empty a mag as fast as they can and put a new one in. Tactical... You need ammo to stay alive, and shot placement in critical.
 

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mossberg maverick 88 , under 200$ at the wally, just buy a second barrel and your set!
+1 They are fully compatible with 500 accessories, and the safety is in a better place. I got one used for my 16th birthday, and knock on wood its still running well 13 years later with minimal maintenance.

Get an 88, with standard barrel, then pick-up a "tacticool" barrel. Or hell you can get the HD setup from Wal-Mart for the same price I think, short barrel, extended magazine.

Just don't be stupid and load birdshot or slugs for HD situations!
 

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If you want a pump gun, the Rem 870 has more aftermarket. As for 18", I'd challenge you to find any real turkey hunters using an 18" barrel. What you will find is that most use very long barrels with extra full chokes.
 

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Browing BPS

I have a Browning BPS 12 gauge. Have a ribbed barrel and a fully rifled slug barrel. Have used for clay shooting, home defense(thank God, I have never had to use it for this though) and just shot my first deer ever with it (8 point buck....beginners luck, I guess). Lot of fun and practical to be able to use it different ways
 
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