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Mainer870

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I have my new 870 Express HD (?) model, 6 round 18" bead on pedestal parkerized blaster. Synthetic ribbed police-style forend and I changed out the rear to a AR-style Magpul SL-K stock and A2 pistol grip. Factory WAYY to long for this guy. It has a Light Mount Technologies mag mount and Surefire G2X. Tacstar 6 round saddle and stock adapter (aluminum not plastic). I'd like to swap the sight out for a red Carlson fiber optic but after polishing the OE it's "ok" for now. Is there anything else that really needs to be done (aside from lots of shooting) to keep her running ?

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00 buck.   870's love it and thugs hate it.  
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00 buck.   870's love it and thugs hate it.  


Haha! Love it... JD Wisdom...
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As always JD speaks truth. Put a few hundred rounds of target loads thru it then get some low-recoil LE 00 buck shells(I like Federal or Remington)and pray you never have to use them on some knucklehead.(for some reason the 8 pellet rounds always seem to be a little cheaper than the 9's, don't know why)
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Mainer870

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Thanks Guys she's currently stoked with Hornady TAP LE OO Buckshot and some Winchester XPD in the saddle JIC. I need to get some low recoil 00 for break in, shoulder not what it was 20 years ago.
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Don't need 00 for breaking it in, unless you're into pain. Just use target/bird loads(a lot cheaper) and work them thru it. Hit the action bars with a drop of oil once in a while and you're good to go.
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Mainer870

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Just bought some Winchester black box extra-light target ammo. $9 for 25 rounds not too shabby, .36/round a lot cheaper than buckshot. 
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BruceR

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We've got a sporting goods chain here in The People's Republic of California called Big 5. They have 100 round boxes of Estate 7-1/2 shot bird/target loads on sale for $27 once in a while. They're dirty but have never had one misfire.
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Mainer870

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Now that's cheap !! Hopefully this stuff is clean-ish and mild. I'm probably going to start shooting off my TAP which is pretty old and try some Federal Low Recoil 00 Buckshot next. TAP is getting harder to find unfortunately...
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Pattern it until you find a load that works best in that gun. You are responsible for every projectile that comes out.
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Mainer870

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I'm wrapping up installing a Hiviz Tactical front sight then off to the range. I want to ditch the magazine follower and spring down the road sometime and that should wrap things up...
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If you've still got the stock plastic follower in that gun throw it in the garbage and get a SBE aluminum one(available at JD's on-line store). Just be sure to get the sport/tac one. The express has the dimples in the mag tube, I think. The spring should be fine but if you want a heavier one look at Wolff springs or I think JD has a heavier spring on his site.
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Mainer870

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Yeah the follower is on my short list. I finished my front sight replacement this weekend what a diff a fiber optic front sight makes ! Even in a floodlit front yard that big green dot is right there.
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D.J. north woods

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If you haven't replaced the mag spring yet, I have a Brownell's stainless spring.
It was in my 870 for about a week and then I went with a Marine spring for no
reason, just cause I could.
If You can use it, it's yours. One 870 lover to another.

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Just bought some Winchester black box extra-light target ammo. $9 for 25 rounds not too shabby, .36/round a lot cheaper than buckshot. 


Just don't expect good Trap or Skeet scores with it, especially through an open choke. [wink]

I coach a HS Trap team, and the kids that got those for less recoil noticed lower scores with it also. 
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