Post by wilmsmeyer on Feb 11, 2015 18:17:42 GMT -5
The 12 gauge round is totally amazing like you say. You can hunt little animals and birds. With buckshot you have a great defense and close range deer load. Certain steel and heavy metal loads are great on big birds. With a good slug, or even an old foster, you can do a lot of damage on a very big animal.
If I were a moose or a big bear, I would not want to run head long into a stream of 437 grain .50 cal solid copper Barnes. Or the 385 gr partitions...although a rifled barrel would be needed.
The perfect one gun.
The 870 is timeless and rock solid. Especially the older ones with good wood and steel. Not a real fan of the Walmart versions.
you and me both i lugged one through every field and salt marsh and piece of woods around for 40 years. Used, abused, and always reliable. I have 4 barrels for it, and now have 2 more (1 dedicated slugger, and 1 just because I couldnt pass the deal) That old wingmaster is still my favorite and most used shotgun. above several other "fancier" models. If I put a notch for every kill on the stock, there would be nothing left of the wood
Last Edit: Feb 11, 2015 19:26:35 GMT -5 by squeeze
Have 3 different 870. 1st is my Wingmaster, circa 1975, that I found a 26" Hastings Wadlock barrel for in 2011, the original 30" full just didn't have enough versatility and had gotten heavy and cumbersome over the last 40 years. It shoots really good with that Wadlock and it came with 6 different chokes.
Then the Express with remchokes that I got at Kmart, yeah when Kmart sold guns and ammo, when the feds required "non-toxic" shot for waterfowl and federal facilities.
Then my latest addition, 870 Special Field, with remchokes and that short 22" barrel and short magazine, such a nice gun for walking and is light and fast.
Needless to say I like my 870. Only thing that kills better are my #10 automatics, and they don't carry anywhere near as easy so they don't get out as much anymore. 10
My first 870 was my first non rim fire gun when I was 12. Still have it and my muzzleloaders have a long long way to go to ever catch it in the number of deer killed. Just love the thing. I also have my grandpa's with master that I hot when he passed. Beautiful gun.