What am I missing with 2 3/4''?

Discussion in 'Shotguns, Shotgunning, Ballistics & "Shooter's Tal' started by fishnfool, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. fishnfool

    fishnfool New Member

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    I got an 870 wingmaster with a&nbsp; 28'' permanent mod choke in it chambered for 2 3/4''.&nbsp; I know it would be nice to be able to change the chokes but am I missing so much being limited to 2 3/4 over 3 inch to make it worth buying another gun?&nbsp; I got the gun from a friend of the family when i graduated to a 12 gauge when i was real little.&nbsp; <br>
     
  2. tripleb

    tripleb New Member

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">If you are talking about the 2 3/4" chamber/fixed choke gun&nbsp;when using steel shot, the limitations of a 2 3/4" chamber/fixed choke&nbsp;can be significant in certain situations.&nbsp; With steel shot, small changes in constriction can make considerable difference in how the gun patterns.&nbsp; The short 2 3/4" round limits the amount of shot you can get into the shells and still get the higher velocities that most&nbsp;waterfowlers concede is important to get decent performance out of steel shot.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">If you shoot tungsten matrix or bismuth, the shorter shell and fixed choke&nbsp;will work fine.&nbsp; If you use steel or Hevishot, the fixed choke&nbsp; barrel could be damaged, although less likely if small shot sizes and slower loads&nbsp;are used.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Whether the advantages of a 3" chamber and screw in chokes are worth the investment has to be determined by your particular requirements. In my case, I made the decision more than 15 years ago that the 2 3/4"/fixed choke guns were inadequate for my needs.</P>
     

  3. GOFISH

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    <P>I would agree with tripleb. If you like the gun, you can always buy another barrel with the Rem Chokes. I use my grandfathers 870 and he only had a plain fixed choke barrel. I got a vent rib rem choke barrel in the express finish for it,but it still only shoots 2 3/4 shells. I have since however got a fine collection of 870's in both 12 and 20 to suit my needs. Some 3" and some with fixed chokes. I like this gun and have no problems switching from my duck gun, to my bird gun, or even to the 20 gauge for field trials and woodcock. I got most of them off the used rack at the local gun shop and for under $200.00 . I think you should keep&nbsp;your gun because of the sentimental value,&nbsp;and could still get what you are looking for , for less money than buying a new gun .</P>
     
  4. fishnfool

    fishnfool New Member

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    Thanks, I'm not really attatched to the gun but it's in great shape and looks great with the high gloss blue barrels and the walnut stocks. If i was gonna spend the $100+ for a new barrel then I'd rather just get a new gun.&nbsp; I got a good price on a nova and was&nbsp; just looking for an excuse to get it.&nbsp; <br>
     
  5. seaark18

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    <P>As someone previously stated, if you're gonna shoot Bismuth or Tungsten-Matrix, then there's no need for a new gun.&nbsp; I hunt with a buddy that shoots strictly 2.75" loads thru an old Ithaca, and he kills&nbsp;alot of&nbsp;birds.&nbsp; However, if you really want a new gun, then go get it!&nbsp; I'm the same way, can't ever have too many guns <IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/biggrin.gif" align=absMiddle border=0></P>