Remington 870 Range Report


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Dave Markowitz
August 26, 2008, 03:35 PM
I'm on vacation this week and got to the range today for the first time with the Remington 870 I got last month in a trade.

I patterned it at 12 and 25 yards with Remington 00 buck and Federal Low Recoil 00 buck with Flite Control wads. I also put a box of Federal LR Tru Ball slugs through it. The Remington buck stays on a paper plate at 12 yards, but opens up a bit at 25. Most pellets would hit a torso, though. The Federal Flite Control load is impressive. Patterns at 12 yards were about as big as my hand, while at 25 they opened up to about the size of the plate. Assuming it performs as well in my Mossberg 500 Mariner, it'll become my load of choice. Both buckshot loads shoot right to POA at 12 yards, and a bit high at 25.

The Tru Ball slugs shot well. I was able to keep them on the plate at 25 yards once I found the elevation.

Both the Federal loads have noticeably less recoil than the full power Remington buckshot loads. I highly recommend low recoil loads if you're recoil sensitive. That said, about 40 rounds was all I cared to shoot in one setting.

I'm happy with both the shotgun and all the ammo I tested today.

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DKA
August 26, 2008, 03:39 PM
You did not say what choke that you were using, makes a big difference in pattern.

Dave Markowitz
August 26, 2008, 04:06 PM
Yup, forgot that. Cylinder bore.

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