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 Post subject: Working on a Slug Gun
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:53 pm 
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An 870 rifled 20" or 22" barrel, monte carlo walnut stock fell into my lap for the best price ever...The action bars have no marks from use and it is tight. I would be shocked if it has more than a box of 2 of slugs down the tube. I figured I would put a little work into it and make it a dedicated slug gun. It has the original Remington rifle sights front and rear. The horrible hard rubber recoil pad as well.

Before I put $$$ into it I wanted to play around with accuracy. I moved the rear sight up to what I've found on different guns to be the 100yard mark. Sat on a picnic table, elbow on the table and rattled my teeth with a Dixie Tusker Slug. Target is a 6x12 hanging steel plate. Boom! Then I came back down to earth and fired 5 2 3/4" Win plain jane 10z slugs. All 6 hit the plate. Soooo I'm going to make this into what I want out of my slug gun.

What I would like to do....

1. First and most important, as well as easiest; what recoil pad? I tried A Limbsaver AirTech slip on but it slides on the Monte Carlo stock. No good. I like the way the Magpul SGA works. I shot the other 4 Dixie Tusker's out of my 870 Police with Magpul SGA. Big difference. It still rocks your world but leaves teeth in place. I do want to keep the original wood stock and forend on this rifle. I'll strip it and apply a hand rub oil.

2. While functional, I personally cannot stand the rifle sights on Remington rifles. Here is where some $$ will need to be spent. I don't need a scope just yet. I can hot 150 yards with ghost sights and slugs. I am getting on 50 and my vision is NOT what it was. I was thinking of a picatinny rail with a ghost site rear that I could always add a scope to later (I use Leupold UltimateSlam on a Browning 20GA and like it) if needed. And a good front post sight that works with the rear ghost. I shoot a lot of tactical 12GA with ghost so I am use to it.

Most shots with this are 50, 75, 100, 125, 150 yard range. Majority is 100 yards. I like that range for practice. And yes, I realize the sight removal is ugly. I was planning on a cerakote treatment as well when all done and said.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this project. And it is just that, a project. I realize the most reasonable answer is it works keep it as is and get meat on the table. Frankly, If I'm going for bambi it will 95% time be the Browning BPS 20GA cantilevered barrel. That thing is boring to shoot at 100yards with 2 3/4" Lightfield slugs. This is really a project gun that I'd like to get performance and some pretty going on.




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 Post subject: Re: Working on a Slug Gun
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:10 pm 
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I am a fan/believer of the Remington Super Cell Recoil Pads. You may find a pre-fit one that will fit your stock without need to grind the pad.


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 Post subject: Re: Working on a Slug Gun
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:12 am 
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Hello Biscut,

I've been where you are... I had a beautiful Magnum Wingmaster. I dedicated it to a slug gun setup.
It was a teeth rattlin' slug gun.

I made the following changes.. and it was "pretty good".
I did settle on a cantilever, choke tube rifled slug barrel. With a full choke tube, I could then use it for Turkey hunting also.

So, I did buy a synthetic monte carlo stock set. With this, I added the Super Cell recoil pad... The gun was lighter with the synthetic stock, so not sure that I helped myself with this upgrade, but the beautiful wood stock was safely stored and not subject to the weather that deer season can bring.

Dave Henderson wrote a book called "Shotgunning for Deer" and used "Tar-hunt" and also setup 870s. I believe that he would even 'pin the barrels' to the receiver.

IMHO: I would not pin the barrel or tap the receiver on an 870, but that's just me. I believe that Mossberg 500s are already tapped.

I was happy with the 3" accuracy of my 870 setup at 100 yards... It did take me a LOT OF shooting to find the ammo that worked. Once I found that I bought every box of Remington Buckhammers that I could find..

I have since sold the 12 gauge rig to my friend and am now shooting an H&R USG in 20 gauge. (this one is a tack driver). The recoil is a little friendler.

Enjoy your project.
Maggs


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 Post subject: Re: Working on a Slug Gun
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:17 am 
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Thank you for the replies.

Still wide open on what to move to for the sights.


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