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New (Shorter) barrel for my 870 (2 part question)

I have a 870 3 1/2 Mag.
This one

I love it, awesome gun, and cheap at $300.

However the barrel...its like 28"... Way too big for packing around.

Now, does anyone know if this gun will take any old 870 barrel? Or do they have to be for the 3 1/2 since it has a longer receiver?

And secondly does anyone know where I can pick up a cheap/used 870 barrel thats either shorter or one I can get cut down?

Thanks
Old 11-26-2008, 10:08 PM TheDon is offline  
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I'm not an expert or anything so take what I'm about to tell you with a huge grain of salt.
You could take a saw and saw the barrel to a length that you desire.
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I know that. But it is a nice barrel, and I want to keep it for range shooting / waterfowl hunting.

Im looking for a shitty old one I can do that to.
Old 11-27-2008, 01:08 AM TheDon is offline  
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guntrader might have one
make sure to saw 4-5 inches past the gas port
and long enough to be legal
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Old 11-27-2008, 06:42 AM wwilliam54 is offline  
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I dunno if there is a difference between the old barrels and the newer ones, but you can buy replacement 870 barrels, and they are easy to install, but your gonna pay a good 3/4 of the guns value for the barrel, so It would almost make as much sense to to just buy a new 870 with a 18" barrel.
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I'm not an expert or anything so take what I'm about to tell you with a huge grain of salt.
You could take a saw and saw the barrel to a length that you desire.

Below 16 inches and you have a unregistered Short-Barreled Shotgun, but anything longer than that should be fine.
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Below 16 inches and you have a unregistered Short-Barreled Shotgun, but anything longer than that should be fine.

Actually for shotties it's 18 inches minimum. 16 for rifles.

I personally wouldn't try cutting down a barrel, main reason being the lack of choke after the cut.

As far as used barrels you'll pretty much just have to keep your eye on gun auction sites and any 870 forums with a "for sale" section. If you're willing to buy new, you can order them factory direct from Remington and IIRC budsgunshop.com used to sell a decent assortment of 870 barrels.
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Actually for shotties it's 18 inches minimum. 16 for rifles.

I personally wouldn't try cutting down a barrel, main reason being the lack of choke after the cut.

As far as used barrels you'll pretty much just have to keep your eye on gun auction sites and any 870 forums with a "for sale" section. If you're willing to buy new, you can order them factory direct from Remington and IIRC budsgunshop.com used to sell a decent assortment of 870 barrels.

getting the choke threads tapped should be little to no issue
and not expensive at all

(assumeing it has a screw in choke)
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getting the choke threads tapped should be little to no issue
and not expensive at all

(assumeing it has a screw in choke)

Taking it to a gunsmith is one thing, I think everyone was talking more about doing it yourself. Not many people have the necessary equipment at home to properly take on a project like that.

If you are going to pay to have the work done for you you might as well just buy the length you want in the first place. I don't know how much someone in your area would charge for a cut and tap job but around here it would be a hell of a lot cheaper to just buy the barrel length you need from the get-go and cut out the middle man.
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870 barrels aren't that hard to find. They are also not that expensive.
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Actually for shotties it's 18 inches minimum. 16 for rifles.

Oops, my mistake.
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I love my 12" barrel on my Norinco.

Go get your Class III and you can have one too.... or move to Canada and you don't need the Class III
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Taking it to a gunsmith is one thing, I think everyone was talking more about doing it yourself. Not many people have the necessary equipment at home to properly take on a project like that.

If you are going to pay to have the work done for you you might as well just buy the length you want in the first place. I don't know how much someone in your area would charge for a cut and tap job but around here it would be a hell of a lot cheaper to just buy the barrel length you need from the get-go and cut out the middle man.

one mf my best friends is a machinist
so my idea on easy and cheap is skewed
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870 barrels aren't that hard to find. They are also not that expensive.

most 870 barrels ive seen are ~$250 or more. For that price, pay an extra $50 and buy another 870.
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870 barrels aren't that hard to find. They are also not that expensive.

I got a 20" rifled barrel for my 870 for like 89 bucks, it's a mossberg barrel, shoots like a champ.
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