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    how is it a cash eater?
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    only on the RTF can a simple Q: on buying a gun turn into a three page event
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    Buy a gun that fits (and can take steel shot).

    Your boy is going to need a smaller gun as well.

    You will have more fun if you hit stuff. You are more likely to hit stuff with a gun that fits.

    I'm clueless about guns, but I do use them and have experience with trying to use one that was too big.
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    Listen to guys like Ken Bora and Earl Dillow, they have shot a lot of ducks and are way beyond the latest marketing fad. Re steel shot, any modern ( post Damascus 1900 or newer) barrel that is choked modified- imp cyl will work. I like screw in chokes, but I have to say I haven't switched out the modified choke I screwed in my 870 twenty years ago.

    I could write a book about this, but to keep it short, I have three 870s, a 20 ga, that mid sixties trap grade with two barrels, and a 3" magnum I inherited from my dad ten years ago. I mostly shoot my over under, but wouldn't feel handicapped with a 2-3/4" 870 12 ga. Get the one that fits best, you will kill a lot more birds hitting them solidly with 1-18 oz of shot out of a 2-3/4" rather than missing with a 3" magnum.

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    If you go with gun 2, I have a couple of shorter stocks I will give you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    how is it a cash eater?
    my turn in the confusion barrel
    Well - it may really still be me. Has the OP answered the question about the date of the gun and it's ability to run steel? If so I missed it.
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    I did not give the date of the gun nor whether or not it could take steel shot. My bad, I didn't ask while at the gun store! But it is something to ask when I go back! Major cold front coming through tonight, hopefully bringing in some birds! Either that or I will have to migrate south with them The owners of the gun store were in Austin TX over the weekend at a gun show, buying more guns. They may have brought back some more guns that will fit my needs/budget. THANKS for all of the input!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HNTFSH View Post
    Well - it may really still be me. Has the OP answered the question about the date of the gun and it's ability to run steel? If so I missed it.
    Since they didn't introduce the 870 until 1949 or so, he's good to go unless it's a full choke. I have opened my full choke Model 12 to modified, it was built in the 40's and I shoot steel with my gunsmith's blessing, all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firehouselabs View Post
    I did not give the date of the gun nor whether or not it could take steel shot. My bad, I didn't ask while at the gun store! But it is something to ask when I go back! Major cold front coming through tonight, hopefully bringing in some birds! Either that or I will have to migrate south with them The owners of the gun store were in Austin TX over the weekend at a gun show, buying more guns. They may have brought back some more guns that will fit my needs/budget. THANKS for all of the input!
    FWIW - if it is an 80's 870 and runs steel you're good. IMO - and IC or IMP/MOD is better than MOD for ducks but in any event - an inexpensively used 870 of that era is 5x the gun of a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Robinson View Post
    Since they didn't introduce the 870 until 1949 or so, he's good to go unless it's a full choke. I have opened my full choke Model 12 to modified, it was built in the 40's and I shoot steel with my gunsmith's blessing, all the time.
    I wouldn't but you're welcome to.
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