View Full Version : Finnaly tried my new 870
01-12-2003, 01:15 AM
But I suck. Went out tried skeet. Oh man am I bad. I did shoot a few paper targets stapled to a tree and it shot good to point of aim but as far a flying targets I need practice.
Do I like it more than my old mossy 500?
OH heck yea!
I thought ALL shot guns tended to bind the action till now. Also the steeel receiver helps tame the recoil better than the aluminum Mossy.
But the real thing is .. I FITS me better.
The mossberge always felt like I was shooting a borrowed shot gun. Always felt big and nose heavy.
As for price paid. Oh well for $10.00 more I could have got the same gun with the 18" riot barrel too at another store. But live and learn.
My wife really likes it too.
Now all I need are swivels and a sling for those long hikes.
01-12-2003, 11:14 AM
I just got one to and I really like it. Especially like the look of the black synthetic stock. What did you get wood or synthetic? I heard these guns will last you forever with out failing. Congrates on your new shotty. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-shoot-down-aqua.gif
01-12-2003, 12:43 PM
To each his own I guess.
I got one for xmas last year & didnt like it much. I have 4 12 gage shot guns. The mossberg rattles too much. The one I use the most is an OLD JC Higgens model 20. Have had it since I was a kid and it has always been a good gun.
01-12-2003, 12:55 PM
I got the one with the wood. It contrast good with the flat black finish.
Did you sythetic stocked one come with swivels? Thats what mine needs now, a good swivel swivel set up and sling. For those long hikes.
01-12-2003, 11:57 PM
Congrats Rudy. I hope you have a lot of good times with your new shotgun. I am getting my Zoli in a couple of weeks. I can't wait! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-dancin-red.gif
01-13-2003, 06:35 AM
Hey Rudy, congrats on a fine, solid shotgun. You'll get many years of pleasure out of it, I'm sure.
01-18-2003, 03:04 AM
870's are Great Guns. The Express' are EXCELLENT Guns for the money.
Make sure you keep that magazine cap tight. No need to torque it down with a wrench, just make sure it's fully seated.
Some folks have had problems with the gun not firing because the barrel isn't seated into the receiver. I never have, but some folks have. I think it is because they aren't hand tightening it until it can't "click" any tighter. If you've pulled the barrel off even one time, you will know what I'm talking about.
Sling Swivels? I think "Uncle Mike's" makes a set that can be bought for close to $25.
There should be a hole in the same magazine cap I referred to earlier. When you tighten the swivel/bolt and nut into the correct position in that hole, use a hammer and punch to move some metal into the threads of the nut. That way it won't come loose and you won't dump your gun into the dirt.
When drilling the hole in the stock for the swivel, the directions should give you two different size drill bits to use for the installation. The smaller one is used where the screw will actually go into the wood and the larger one is used where the swivel head actually seats flush with the wood stock. DRILL THE LARGER HOLE FIRST. And obviously you won't need to take away hardly any wood at all. Just enough for the swivel head to seat flush. If you drill the smaller hole first, then the larger bit's two "teeth" have a tendancy to grip the smaller hole's edge and tear a chunk of wood away before it actually starts cutting into the wood.
I have experience in drilling the smaller hole first....http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-hitting-self.gif
You can also pay a gunsmith to install it for you if you don't want to mess with it.
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