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Anyone not have a mag extension on their shotgun?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by BerettaNut92, Jan 19, 2003.

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  1. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Member

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    If I could have a 14" Benelli I'd leave it off, but right now I have an extension that gives me 7+1.

    The school I shoot with prefers to not have them as it adds weight, but I figure I can always not load to full capacity, but the extra rounds are there if I need it. If I load 6 instead of 7, the spring won't be as compressed, making it easier to load than a fully loaded 5+1 tube.

    Anyone see the mag extension as unnecessary?
     
  2. Traveler

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    I don't have them on my M12 Riots. They handle much faster (for several reasons) than any of my other guns. Don't have one on the M97 either.

    Of course I could make some, but it seems to be a dead issue. The guns worked fine enough to actually go into combat over the course of almost 100 years without having to be so modified.
     
  3. Kobun

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    Skunk,
    You have a Benelli M1, right?
    Can you load a round on the feedtray in yours?
    I've modified mine so that it takes 7+1+1
    If not, I'll tell you how to do it.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Duke of Lawnchair

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    I purchased the Benelli 4rd extension for my M1s90 but is currently sitting on the top of my safe. My Benelli has the pistol-gripped stock and haven't located a straight stock to legalize my future installation.

    I've had the extension for ~6 months and have not felt that it is necessary for my HD shotgun. Funny thing is, is that I purchased a straight stock a year and a half ago and sold it 9 months prior to my 4rd extension purchase. The deciding factor for the 4rd purchase was that it was only $35 dollars shipped in LNIB condition. Now, I have to purchase a straight stock in order for me to install this extension. Basically, I don't see a need for the 4rd extension on my primary HD firearm.

    Kobun, is your M1s90 one of the "newer" guns? Mine won't allow me to execute the "party trick."
     
  5. HSMITH

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    I don't have an extension, no need for one.
     
  6. Dave McCracken

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    Not unnecessary, but optional....

    Pixies and those of limited upper body strength may have trouble deploying a full length mag tubed "Serious" shotgun. My 20" barrelled 870 is noticeably more muzzle heavy than my HD 870 with one round less capacity.Didn't notice it when I was younger, but I do now.

    And when I taught, it was noticeable that smaller folks had some problems holding the standard shotgun(870) up for any length of time.

    Since I'm the only shotgunner here, the weapon can be as heavy as I want it to be, right now about 9-9 1/2 lbs when Cruiser Ready.

    Weapons shared by spouses or other SOs should be set up for the weakest, of course.

    And, "Serious" shotgunning is rarely high ammo burn, we don't do suppressive fire, and most domestic or neighborhood crises equates out to one shot, one stopped perp.

    IMO, it's the shotgunner's call.
     
  7. HS/LD

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    I don't have an extension on mine.

    Thats because it came with 7+1 capacity stock. :D

    Yeehaa!

    Winchester Defender


    HS/LD
     
  8. Guyon

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    Well, of course, the hunting guns don't, but the HD gun does. I like the added rounds "just in case," and I do download by one. My light also mounts to the mag extension. Another mount is available that goes under the mag cap (sans extension), but it just doesn't seem as sturdy to me.

    Like Dave's gun, mine goes about 9 1/4 lbs. My wife knows better than to go for the shotgun. Just too big for her. She has a primary handgun for HD.
     
  9. Captain Bligh

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    I don't have an extension. I don't see the need for it. As soon as I come in from hunting or shooting clays, the long barrel comes off the 870 and the 18.5 incher goes on. Walla! Instant home defense gun!

    If I have to use this in a home defensive situation, I plan on doing so from a hunkered down position. If there's more than a handful of guys coming though the door, I may be in trouble but that is unlikely so I feel just fine. The first several fellas through the door are going to become very discouraged.

    Randy
     
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    Don't have, don't need.
     
  11. Kobun

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    Since I got a few requests about loading a Benelli with 7(6)+1+1, I'll post how it is done here:

    If you take the bolt out of the reciever you can on the underside see a cut on the rear bottom left of the bolt. In the picture the cut is marked with a red circle.
    This cut is present on newer Benelli shotguns.
    Take the bolt to a welder who knows his job.
    Get him to fill in the cut. After that, file down and polish the weld flat.
    After this is done, you can now fill the tube, then pull the bolt back, drop one shell in the breach, and then one on the carrier.
    Hold the shell on the carrier down while easing the bolt forward. The carrier needs to come up a little for the bolt to mowe forward, but hold the shell down.
    When the bolt clears the shell, let it go to close the action.
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  12. BerettaNut92

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    I have problems holding up my Benelli for too long. I tuck the stock under the armpit when I reload, and can't use all my strength to load because it eats up my thumb.

    I'm not that strong, either. That taclight is going to add what, at least a pound? :eek:
     
  13. Ewok_Guy

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    Don't need one, already got 8+1 capacity. :D
     
  14. Ian

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    No mag extension on mine. If anyone knows a way to put a mag extension on a side-by-side shotgun, I'd appreciate being let in on the secret. :)
     
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    If I cant kill whatever I need to kill with 5 shots of buckshot, I deserve to die..

    Wild5isenoufghAlaska
     
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    I did on my Wingmaster before I got my 1187 as the serious HD shotgun. The mag extension just looked... wrong on the Wingmaster.
     
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    I have a mag extension on my Benelli. I can hold it up just using my just strong hand with it shoulded and fully loaded. I can do it, but its not completely comfortable for me. So either its lift more weights or take it off. Thus far I've been pursuing the former, if that doesn't work, the extension is coming off.

    Another thing to consider besides reloading is keeping your gun trained on a BG. If you have a BG surrendered on your floor, you have to keep you gun pointed in his general direction for as long as it takes for the police to show up. This could be a significant amount of time so its a good idea to know that you can hold your shotgun up for an extended period.
     
  18. V-fib

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    standard moss mag + 6 in the sidesaddle give me plenty of firepower:cool:
     
  19. BerettaNut92

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    Runty, I know what you mean. I had it on my Benelli turkeywidowmaker before I sold it and got my M1S90.
     
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    yeah a SXS is a serious pc . I use the the same trick as the PH's used with double rifles, very quick and effective. Two shells in weak hand, fire, fire other bbl...pop empties...insert two and repeat.

    'course the SXS I've shot of late has the left tube as 45-70, the right is 00 buck. Wood and blue, looks like a innocent classic...I so like being NOT tactical ...Low profile is so much more fun. Should see the looks when I use the left tube...slugs --HA !!
     
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    7rd capacitiy on a Rem. 1100. Considering how long it takes to reload a shotgun, I like all the rounds I can get in one to start with.
     

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    I won't put one on my 1300 Defender because it would look funny sticking out in front of the barrel like that.:neener:
     
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    Can't add any on to my Mossy 500. The Remington 1100 is another story. Fully loaded it holds 11. I've been told the you can enlarge the gas port and get them to run the mini slugs. Full load goes up to 18 then. If I can find a cheap barrel to try it on I'd be tempted.
     
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    Don't use one on my 870 because it fills a variety of roles and switching barrels with a mag extension is less convenient. Besides, with a 28" barrel the gun is nose heavy enough without the extension.

    Paul
     
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