What you hunt with your 870?

Discussion of the Remington 870 for hunting.
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Re: What you hunt with your 870?

Post by Striker753 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:42 pm

I haven't hunted with my 870 yet, but I bought it for small game. My double barrel shotgun is nice, but it doesn't allow for quick follow-up shots when you find a flock of ducks or geese, so I think that from now on I'll use it with slugs for bigger game.

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Re: What you hunt with your 870?

Post by DataPak420 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:11 am

I've only had my 870 for a few days but I've managed to get a few grouse with it. Mind you that is what I bought it for.

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Re: What you hunt with your 870?

Post by George Foster » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:26 pm

I bought my first 870 Wingmaster in 1967, it was a 16ga. I hunted grouse, woodcock, rabbits and ducks with it. I bought my first 12ga Wingmaster in 1969 and also that year I bought a 12ga Wingmaster 3" magnum to hunt ducks and geese with. I gave my Dad my 16ga Wingmaster that year as he really liked it. I bought a 20ga Wingmaster in 1971 but then I gave it to a very close friend who needed a shotgun. In 1974 I bought another 20ga Wingmaster which I have owned every since and will till I am gone. In 1983 I traded in my original 12ga in on a new 12ga Wingmaster, and since that time these two 870's have been my go to guns. I have Skeet barrels on both also an extra Imp Cyl barrel for both. I learned over the years with the 12ga at least I never needed anymore than Imp Cyl choke to kill anything I hunted. For grouse, woodcock and at times pheasant I have always used a Skeet choke. For ducks and geese I have used the Imp Cyl barrel with very good results.

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Re: What you hunt with your 870?

Post by N.Mahon » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:20 pm

I got an express 12g from 1986 ive used it from squirel to moose (with rifled barrel) mostly grouse but shes my go to gun never let me down👍

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Re: What you hunt with your 870?

Post by Prairie dog » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:23 pm

I’ve had a 20 gauge Wingmaster since 1965.
I have taken deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons,
Turkey, doves, ducks, geese, and bobwhite quail with that gun. It came with a 28 inch full choke barrel with no rib. When I started training and hunting with English pointers I purchased a 26 inch improved cylinder barrel for it. Of corse this was back in the days before choke tubes and I wasn’t about to stick one of those butt ugly Cutts thingys on the muzzle of a beautiful shotgun.

Many times I was able to kill 5 bobwhite quail out of a covey rise with that light, sweet handling 20.

Both of my sons learned wing shooting with that same gun.

I also have had 12 gauge Express 870’s and I use them primarily for ducks, geese, and turkey.
In my opinion there isn’t anything in North America one could not hunt with an 870 and the proper loads.

If you could only have one shotgun for every use you couldn’t do much better than an 870.

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Re: What you hunt with your 870?

Post by Scorpion8 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:38 pm

Prairie dog wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:23 pm
If you could only have one shotgun for every use you couldn’t do much better than an 870.
Well said. The old timers used 870 Wingmaster Trap Specials to set trap records right and left before the advent of quality, "affordable" over-unders. My 870 Express was my first trap gun, since I figured if I couldn't kill an orange clay with it I had no ethical right going after something alive and flying.
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Re: What you hunt with your 870?

Post by jakebrake » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:25 pm

Actually, By 870 probably won't see hunting duty. I have a bear mauler, and a carbon express for hunting. in a pinch, I have a rather inexpensive semi auto 12 gauge for that.

My 870, just like my 590, will see life in .....ummmmm…..

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