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870 Barrel Length Question--buying a new shotty

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by usp_fan, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. usp_fan

    usp_fan Well-Known Member

    I'm going to buy a shotgun shortly. I've decided on the 870 Express as the best combination of utility, price, and fit for me. I can get it with a 28" barrel or a 26" barrel locally. The 28" is $10 less. I think I prefer the shorter tube, but I'm resonably aware that I'm a novice concerning shotguns. Is one length better / worse / more / less handy?


  2. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    Get the longest barrel that you can. I got the 26" and now I wish I would've gotten the "28. Think about it... It is already a long barrel, why not have the longest? You are probably going to buy a 18" barrel later on anyway.
  3. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    My current goto 870 wears a 30" tube. YMMV, but in general longer is better.

    Frankenstein, my overpublicized parts 870 is wearing a 26" LC barrel. It's a little too fast for best work on clays, but nice on real birds.

    In your shoes, I'd get the 28" if you're of average size or larger.
  4. usp_fan

    usp_fan Well-Known Member

    Thanks Dave and Mattw.

    So it looks like I'm running 2 for the longer barrel. Anyone else have experience they'd like to share? Comments on length vs. handiness?

  5. SigfanUSAF

    SigfanUSAF Well-Known Member

    I had a 3" Express for years. 18" in the off season, 28" in season. Can't say I've never snagged the end of it on anything, or banged a tree, I'd say go 28" for sure.
  6. _N4Z_

    _N4Z_ Well-Known Member

    My 870 is the oldest arm currently in my modest inventory. It is an Express I bought at a Wal Mart in 1988. Came with a 28" vented rib which has been a superb dove and quail shooter. Within the last 5 years I went ahead and added a 20" remington rifle sight barrel for around the house duty, and target practice w/ slugs.

    Works equally well with either.

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