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Old 09-30-2013, 07:31 PM
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New barrel for my Remington 870 for deer season

I usually use my .243 for deer, but being in Virginia now makes me think I should invest in a different strategy. My current shotgun set up is a Rem. 870 18" barrel. TAPCO 6 position adjustable butt stock. I still have the original stock but I would like a longer maybe 28" barrel also rifled for range/ accuracy. Anyone know where would be the best place to look/ brand names for a new barrel?
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Why change from the .243? I'm not familiar with the rules in your state but I would stick with the .243 or .270 (head shots are perfect for does).
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Why change from the .243? I'm not familiar with the rules in your state but I would stick with the .243 or .270 (head shots are perfect for does).
I agree 100%. The main reason is to hunt on base. There is a SEVERE deer population and on base it's either bow, muzzle loader or shotgun and because of my location, I would have to drive about 30 mins south to get into some good areas. And a problem here is that there is so much private land, any open areas are riddled with other hunters. So I've been told anyway. It's my first season here.
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I would use the shotgun exactly as its currently set up.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:02 AM
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I would use the shotgun exactly as its currently set up.
For deer hunting? The short barrel wouldn't have the range or accuracy though. I'd think anyway.

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Its a shotgun, a short range weapon by design. You can throw whatever barrel you want on it, you'll very rarely get rifle-like accuracy out of a factory, pump shotgun. Short, stiff barrels are generally more accurate than long barrels anyway. Its all moot if you plan on using buckshot, and only slightly less moot if you'll be shooting slugs. Don't overthink it. Use what you're comfortable with, and learn as you go.
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I hunt in VA too and have used shotguns my whole life. A longer barrel is a must. 26" or 28". With an 18" barrel and buck shot you will have a pattern the size of a house at 50yds. If you do plan to use buckshot, I wouldn't use a rifled barrel as it will throw pellets everywhere. A Remington barrel with a full or extra full choke will work perfect for 00 buck out to 60yds and sometimes 70 if the conditions are right.

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A longer barrel is a must. 26" or 28". With an 18" barrel and buck shot you will have a pattern the size of a house at 50yds.
This isn't entirely accurate. The choke has more to do with shot pattern than barrel length. The amount of tube between the forcing cone and the choke doesn't change anything, for better or worse. These are all generalities, though. There can be drastic differences between two seemingly identical guns. Take your gun out and see how it patterns, then decide if a new barrel is actually needed.
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No matter what I would be using slugs. I just figured a short barrel like mine wouldn't be as accurate... Not that I'm anticipating any 100 yd shots over here though

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You absolutely do not need a longer barrel for slugs. Does your current barrel have sights or a bead? Its hard to be accurate shooting rifled slugs out of a smooth bore with just a bead sight.
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