Saturday, May 19, 2018

Guns: The Tacticool Remington 870 Wingmaster, Part 1 - The Barrel

Remington's recent quality control woes have been well-chronicled, but they don't diminish the many decades of fine gunmaking that have come before. Hopefully things will be better after the company's Chapter 11. In any case, there are still many millions of pre-Cerberus Remington firearms out there, ready for a good home. For my part, I picked up an old 870 Wingmaster some years back, and I thought it'd be fun to convert it into a full-blown home defense shotgun.

The first thing I decided to change was the barrel. Originally, my Wingmaster came with a 30" tube, in a modified choke. That arrangement is perfect for hunting upland game or breaking clays at the trap field, but it's suboptimal for repelling boarders in the dark of the night.

So, I ordered an 18-1/2" improved cylinder barrel from MidwayUSA. The blued finish matches up pretty well with my decades-old 870 receiver, and lopping almost a foot off the barrel makes the gun a lot handier indoors. The improved cylinder choke may or may not have an effect on the 00 buckshot pattern, but it's a moot point since tight chokes are hard to find in 18" barrels.


Upgrades still to come - stock and foreend, weaponlight, magazine tube and sidesaddle, sling...

3 Comments:

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try one - you'll like it. Don't use FliteControl wad loads in this one though.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/921370/remington-barrel-remington-870-12-gauge-3-18-1-2-fixed-modified-choke-with-tritium-rifle-sights-parkerized

Remington Barrel Remington 870 12 Gauge 3" 18-1/2" Fixed Modified Choke with Tritium Rifle Sights Parkerized
Product #: 921370
Remington #: F242556AS
UPC #: 197706921370

$269.99
Available
Ships 06/04/2018 from MidwayUSA

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Mulliga said...

Ah, good suggestion. Doesn't work for me personally (Federal 00 buck FliteControl's my default defense load), but hopefully it helps another reader.

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Just John said...

My first 12 gauge was an 870 express...love that gun! The older 870s are fantastic shooters and ultra reliable.

 

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