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Old 11-12-2007, 05:42 AM
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Been bow hunting for a few years now and thought I would get back into the fire arm season. I just picked up a Remington 870, 12 Ga. this past weekend and would like to use it this season for deer hunting. I will be in lower Michigan and state requirements are shotgun only in my area. My question is, I need to purchase the correct choke for use with slugs. Anyone out there know what I should be purchaseing. My longest shot would be 40 yards max. from where I am set up.

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Old 11-12-2007, 05:47 AM
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I bought a rifled barrel for mine. You might check out cabelas or gander mountain
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:36 AM
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I use the 870 in Ohio. You can shoot a slug through the barrel, but I suggest the rifled slug barel as well. If you decide to use the regular barrel, use a loose choke- improved cylinder will work.
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:05 AM
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I would like to get the slug barrel for it but, I can't find it in the bugget right now. I thought I would have to get the open choke for use with slugs. I have the improved cyl. choke. So I can use that?
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:09 AM
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If you can't buy another choke then you need to use the improved cylinder. With the improved cylinder don't waste your money on sabot slugs. You'll want to shoot the $2.00 a box Remington Sluggers or Winchester XX 1 ounce slugs. Buy a couple of boxes of each and see which ones shoot out of your 870 the best.
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:14 AM
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If you can't buy another choke then you need to use the improved cylinder. With the improved cylinder don't waste your money on sabot slugs. You'll want to shoot the $2.00 a box Remington Sluggers or Winchester XX 1 ounce slugs. Buy a couple of boxes of each and see which ones shoot out of your 870 the best.
That is 100% correct! I personally use the Remington Sluggers, I have shot deer up to 90 yards with these. My dad uses the Winchesters. You have to findout what works for you.
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:25 AM
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Diddo on the rifled barrel. Love mine. I used to use Improved with standard slugs (also what Remington suggests). They also make rifled choke tubes for that application. Not surehow wellthe sabots will work with just a rifled choke...
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:40 AM
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I have an REM. 870 set up with a scope and I love it. I shoot the cheapo REM sluggers that I get at Wally World and at 50 yds I have a group that touches each other at dead bull. I dont have a rifled barrel and I was really surprised how accurate it is at 50 yards. If I have to shoot any further than 50yds I use my muzzleloader. Good luck.
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Old 11-12-2007, 02:58 PM
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If you are really only looking for 40-50 yards or so then a smoothbore with rifled slugs will work just fine. Either a I/C or Modified choke will work, try both if you have them to see what works best.

I would possibly suggest some clamp on fiber optic sights. They clamp on to the rib of your barrel and are adjustable. Increases your accuracy a fair amount in some cases.

The rifled barrels and sabots are nice, but get a bit pricey and you really don't need either for what you want to do. Now if you want to extend your range to beyond 75 yards I would suggest that route. However for 50 yards or so the barrel you have and some 3 dollar a box rifled slugs will lay deer down just fine. As much as I hate to say it buckshot would probably work as well. I don't care for it though myself.

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