870 Police for general defensive duties, with or without extension?

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  • breakingcontact

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    What do you think? I know the big downfall of shotguns is their capacity so that makes me think "go with the extension". Then i think of that being another part to fail or fail to feed and i think "go with the 4+1".

    Edited to add: how is $550 for a used model that looks new?

    What say you?
     
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    txinvestigator

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    The 870 is a fine shotgun. I run a Mossberg 500 with extended tube, surefire forend and sidesaddle and a sling. I also have a knox recoil reducing stock on mine. Took it to a school and shot 00 buck and slugs all day and it was great.

    I would have no problem with an 870.
     

    Charlie

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    The 870 is a fine shotgun. I run a Mossberg 500 with extended tube, surefire forend and sidesaddle and a sling. I also have a knox recoil reducing stock on mine. Took it to a school and shot 00 buck and slugs all day and it was great.

    I would have no problem with an 870.
    Agreed! Can't beat an 870. $550 may or may not be a good price depending on exactly which model 870 and what it's got on it.
     

    shortround

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    My home defense 12 gauge 870 with factory extended magazine tube cost $259 out the door in '06. Since our .gov says we've had negligible inflation for the last ten years, I figure anything over $300 could be a tad high. Then again, I'm not a lawyer or an economist, nor have I ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

    The owner's manual for that shotgun did not have a section how to disassemble it with the factory magazine extension affixed. Called Remington, and they told me to either send it to them (What? I wanted to disassemble it myself) or take it to their warranty shop in Austin. Got to Austin, and the 'smith sniffed, snorted, and grunted: "Sorry, I've never seen that setup before ... not covered under warranty."

    Should have consulted YouTube before I ever called Remington. The solution was there before I ever left home!
     

    breakingcontact

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    I appreciate the input. This is the police model and it does have some differences over the express/home defense models.

    I am considering going the cheaper route as i do not think the police model is $200 better. (thats a huge debate i know)
     
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