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Old January 24th, 2017, 01:23 PM   #1
 
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Rifled Barrel for 870 Question

Folks,

I have an older 870 with serial number suffix of V (which I am pretty sure means 2 3/4" shells only).

I would like to get a rifled barrel for it, and most I find can take up to a 3" shell. Since I would want to shoot 2 3/4" sabot slugs would there be any problems shooting 2 3/4" shells through a 3" Barrel?

I know there is no problem with regular shot shells, but just not sure about sabots.

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Old January 24th, 2017, 02:27 PM   #2
 
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Shouldn't be a problem.
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Old January 24th, 2017, 02:35 PM   #3
 
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no not at all Remington copper solids work well in my 870
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Old January 24th, 2017, 03:48 PM   #4
 
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I have shot both length sabot loads through the short OEM rifled 870 barrel (18-1/2" I think), as well as multiple brands/weights in my 870 magnum. It is chambered for 2-3/4, 3", and 3-1/2" loads. They all shot like poo. IDK if it's the short length or what, but rifled slugs out of the 28" smooth bore gave me 4-5" groups at 100 yards (2-3/4" loads out of a magnum waterfowl gun). The sabots/rifled barrel were all over the place. Sold the barrel and got a hastings 22" rifled barrel, but I haven't shot it yet. To answer your question, I would say that the chamber length won't affect accuracy out of a rifled barrel.
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Thanks for all of the info.. I really appreciate it.

I do plan on buying one longer than 18", hopefully a 20 or 22. It has an 18" standard barrel now.

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Schutze, There's a bit more to the 3" barrel .... it has an extraction lug on the hood. This places the extraction point 1/4" behind the extraction port. That means when a 3" barrel is used in a 870 intended for 2 3/4" shells, it won't eject any cartridge properly.

There's not much to gain by buying a rifled 12 gauge barrel. First, you have to buy slug loads that ARE NOT rifled ... pretty hard to find in some areas. A smooth bore with a cylinder choke shooting normal rifled slugs can be pretty darn accurate and you can find rifled slugs just about anywhere.
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use 23/4 inch shells with a 23/4 inch chamber
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I have an 870 Express Magnum that is made for 2 3/4" or 3" shells. I bought a Mossberg brand rifled barrel designed for the Remington 870. It also has a scope mount on the barrel and the barrel is ported. Stamping on the rifled barrel says "Use 2 3/4" or 3" shell in magnum receivers - use 2 3/4" shells in all other."

I have used both 2 3/4" and 3" Remington copper solids in mine with no problems. It is a very accurate combo. I am using a Bushnell 3X9 variable scope on mine.
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