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i just got a 870 express with the 6 round mag tube and was wondering a few things about accessories.

as it is now,my left arm is pretty stretched out when holding the forend.if i get the blackhawk specops adjustable pistol grip stock will that help out abit?does the recoil compensation work well?is the cheek gaurd worth the extra $50?is the forend that comes with it trash or does it improve anything?can you buy it w/o the forend cheaper?what about the remington sure shot stock?

also what is the best options for a sling? what is the best sight option?i like ghost rings but have no idea about what kind to get or how much it will be to install.the receiver is not drilled and tapped.

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i just got a 870 express with the 6 round mag tube and was wondering a few things about accessories.

as it is now,my left arm is pretty stretched out when holding the forend.if i get the blackhawk specops adjustable pistol grip stock will that help out abit?does the recoil compensation work well?is the cheek gaurd worth the extra $50?is the forend that comes with it trash or does it improve anything?can you buy it w/o the forend cheaper?what about the remington sure shot stock?

also what is the best options for a sling? what is the best sight option?i like ghost rings but have no idea about what kind to get or how much it will be to install.the receiver is not drilled and tapped.

thanks!
phil
i got the same gun. this is all you need.Remington 870 12 Gauge Six-Position Collapsible Stock with Pisto |
 

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I haven't tried a spec ops stock but be aware that many don't like them. If you search you can find some video reviews of people who do and don't like them. The main issue seems to be it slapping people in the face when cheek welded.
 

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I had the spec ops (non recoil reducer) on mine but I took it off. For some reason I could shoot from the hip better with the spec ops but it wasn't worth the weight, bulkiness, or ability to comfortably shoot from the shoulder. So I put the factory stock back on. If you just need to get a shorter reach then I would start shopping for a youth stock set on eBay, but that's just my opinion.

I also used to have a nice single point sling but eventually took it off because I never would wear it. I don't know what your plans for the gun are, but for me I just didn't see any reason to sling up when checking the closet for the boogeyman.

My gun used to be totally tacticooled but now all it has is a six shell side saddle, an over sized safety, and the factory mag tube extender. Much more useful and comfortable to me now.
 

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As kdbrainard said, just get the stock for a youth model. It will decrease the length of pull for you. Hogue makes a real nice stock and also a tactical forend as well. Both are nice units.

I too agree that a sling is useless on a shotgun unless you plan to bug out with it and have to carry it a long distance.

Buy some reduced recoil buckshot and don't worry about recoil compensation.

Short range work dont worry about sights. If you add anything to it get a nice weapon light system for it such as the Elzetta or Surefire.
 

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My advice, keep it simple...

Not sure of the value a sling provides for a home defense shotgun myself, just seems like something to snag or get in the way to me - maybe someone can educate me there.

There are a number of stocks that are adjustable, I have one that I don't use, PM me if you want more info.

For mine, I decided that mag extension and 18.5" barrel is perfect and left it at that. That said, I'm 6'2 with monkey arms so mine is actually a little small for me but works great for getting around the house and not banging into stuff in the dark.

If you're just looking for 'tacticool' the sky (and bank account) is the limit with an 870.

If you're a lefty, the cheek pad is a must - mine seems to be heavy on the cant for right handed shooting and if I shoot it much my cheek pays the price.
 

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I went from this:


To this:


To this:


I've become a firm believer in keeping it simple. The recoil reducing stock made it hard for me to properly sight down the barrel. It was comfortable to hold, but I couldn't tell much of a difference in recoil. The tactical forend hurt my hand when shooting 00 buck.

The current version is comfortable, reliable, and looks the best in my opinion.
 

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As kdbrainard said, just get the stock for a youth model. It will decrease the length of pull for you. Hogue makes a real nice stock and also a tactical forend as well. Both are nice units.

I too agree that a sling is useless on a shotgun unless you plan to bug out with it and have to carry it a long distance.

Buy some reduced recoil buckshot and don't worry about recoil compensation.

Short range work dont worry about sights. If you add anything to it get a nice weapon light system for it such as the Elzetta or Surefire.
i understand not needing sights for short distance but i like to shoot long distance at the range or the woods for fun.even with the bead i put 3 out of 3 shots in the 6inch circle at 50 yards so its not really needed but i still like the ghost rings
 
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