1950 870 for 3 gun?

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  1. patchesohulahan

    patchesohulahan Member

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    I'm thinking about trying 3 gun out at a local range and have read its better to just use what you already have. Well the only shotgun I have is a old 1950 870 wingmaster. It's all original and the only thing I would do is put a extened mag tube on it. It's either that or buy another shotgun.
     
  2. jaguarxk120

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    Hey that's good enough reason to buy a new gun!! Mater of fact just wanting a gun is enough reason!

    If your in Upper Sandusky, Ohio why not go to the Ithaca factory?

    Take a look at the Model 37 they have you may like it.
     
  3. Black Knight

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    Since you are already use to the Remington 870 you could try their 870P (Police). They have a wooden stock model with 20" barrel and 8 shot magazine. I believe their stock number is 24888. If money is an issue then you could go with a Mossberg 500 or 590.
     
  4. AI&P Tactical

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    the 1950's 870 you have is the exact same weapon as the one you go buy today with only a couple minor changes. Use it for anything you want, however, if for any type of defense use you want to get the flex tab converstion. Other then that go have a blast (pun intended)

    Also, if you go to put a Remington tube extension on it you need a pre 90's barrel bracket because of the longer stand off on your barrel. New barrel brackets have and X stamped into them and the one you need is plain. If you try to use the bracket the tube will be slanted up.
     
  5. Guillermo

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    your 870 was built before MIM parts and CNC machines.

    very good old gun.
     
  6. patchesohulahan

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    Just wanted to say thanks for the info and advice
     
  7. Dave McCracken

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    I did exactly that. Around 1980, I figured I needed a defensive shotgun more than a goose gun.

    So, I worked over the 1950 field model Pop bought used and gave me in 1959 or so on a pheasant hunt into a "Serious" shotgun. I used it for 3 gun for a few years, hunted some deer with it and "retired" it to HD duty.

    It still runs beautifully.

    Mods were....

    Cutting the barrel to 18" plus a little, mounting a ramp and bead. Long forcing cone.

    Installing a Lyman Peep sans aperture.

    Side Saddle and two shot Remington Mag extension w/ clamp.

    Police wood stock and forearm with QD stud. Good Rempad, now in need of replacement.

    Other than it's a 2 3/4" only gun, it's nigh optimum.


    One caveat, this was not near new condition when I began the makeover. On a nigh perfect example of a first year of production 870, I'd leave it alone.

    HTH...
     
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