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There is nothing wrong with the fixed, full choke trap barrel. Those barrels are starting to become worth almost as much as the guns themselves. They shoot straight, pattern tightly and evaporate clay pigeons. They are also devastating barrels to use on pheasants.

I use mine for sporting clays, too. Close shots will be a little tough - but most clays courses are now presenting targets that are as far or farther than the average trap target shot from the 16 yard line (average trap target breaking distance is 33 yards) 40 to 45 from the 27 yd line

The rib shouldn't be noticeably higher unless it's an aftermarket rib. Remington's fixed choke trap bbls with mid rib beads and white front beads came with a small "step" in the 1970s and early 1980s. In 30" length they were product code # 9516
for full and 9514 for Modified. These barrels came in green Remington boxes with White Remington logo lettering and yellow labels.

In the 1960s, the first trap barrels had the same rib configuration as the vent rib field barrels, although they did have both the mid rib steel bead and white front target bead. Those barrels were coded 9526 for 30" full choke and came in white boxes with red Remington lettering with the Dupont logo in an oval. They also had very pronounced stress relief cuts near the edge of the chamber and barrel extension. The stock is a more relevant concern than the barrel
 

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Thanks, I may have misquoted the product code # 9512 (not 9516) was the old 30" fixed, full trap with a slight step rib.
9614 was the same barrel but a Mod. choke.

Even Remington's modified fixed chokes were excellent trap target breakers even at the 27 yard line. Leo Harrison, III of Missouri in the ATA trapshooting hall of fame put his name in trapshooting history with an old 1100 as did Daro Handy
and of course with the 870 there was Rudy Etchen whose original 1950 model 870 sits in a display case at the ATA Hall of Fame Museum. Estimated 1 million rounds through Rudy Etchen's 870. The internal bore dimensions of the old 1100s and 870s were the same.

If you see an old 1100 or 870 trap gun in good shape - buy it. They are awesome guns and resellable instantly at equal or greater value
 
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