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Which gun should I get

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Steep, Aug 17, 2011.

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  1. Steep

    Steep TS Member

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    My son shoots trap on his high school team. This has gotten me interested in trap and I have started shooting. The Remington 870 has always fit me well and that is what I hunt with. Which 870 should I try to buy for trap the TB, TC, or the Classic Trap? Thanks in advance for your help and advice.
     
  2. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Buy a break open gun. Then you won't be setting off the voice activated trap every time you slam the bolt closed.
     
  3. Trapmanjohn

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    Just try the one you already have. If the point on impact is too low then consider a higher stock trap model. Not everyone can shoot a high stock gun. If your current gun has a 30" full choke or modified barrel that's all you need just to break some targets and have a little fun. Get some good instruction also. That's probably the most important. You can do about you want to in this game with an 870.

    Hit 'em hard,

    John
     
  4. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    The main difference between the Trap 870 and the Field 870 is the height of the comb of the stock. You could build up the comb by using one of those Convert A Stock pad devices to try out your field gun to see if it will work you. Trap targets are always rising thus the need for a higher shooting gun. If you can afford a new gun, I would recommend a Browning BT-99 but you can't shoot Doubles with it.
     
  5. Ross

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    Depends on your personal taste for pretty wood, and your wallet, any of the target grades will serve you well. You are already comfortable & familiar with the 870s, they will break as many targets and just as hard as anything on the market.

    I started with an 870 field grade just like yours & did just fine with it, just wanted a target grade (they do have nice wood) so bought a TB then to a 3200 then back to the TB then several different break-open SBTs, then back to pumps currently shooting a Rem. 31TC for the last 30+ yrs. I have never set off a voice release with my pumps I suppose you could if you were close enough to the mic. & slammed it hard (no need to slam if you resize your hulls) I do know the semi-autos will set off the voice releases. I don't shoot many doubles but when I do I still shoot my 31TC. Find what you like (or shoot what you have now) & have FUN. Ross Puls
     
  6. Big Az Al

    Big Az Al Well-Known Member

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    in the last two months I have shot many rounds of practice with an 870, a field grade with a higher comb then mornal. Shooting by myself, I can not close the action on the report of a shooter ahead of me. And yet I have not released any extra birds closing the action.

    This 870 in my hands is showing that I can go out and on my demand break 25X25 and also a few 50X50's.

    Maybe it is another change I am making in my life but the ability to thru the focus switch and get into it is working reasonably well right now.

    The only problem I have in my shooting life right now is that MY priorities are in conflict, but as the weather cools and more two day shoots and more day shoots come to town, I will get my birds in!

    WITH the 870 or the old stand by Auto 5, with those two guns available why would I look elsewhere for a trap gun?

    AL Lingham
     
  7. short shucker

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    Find the nicest fixed choke TC you can, and never look back. You'll never wear out the gun and those TC barrels pattern as well as any high dollar break open gun.

    ss
     
  8. Garry

    Garry Active Member

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    Another option is the 870 Pro-Combo stock and fore end set by Ken Rucker. After you open up the URL above, scroll down to see pictures and description.
     
  9. Steep

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    Thanks to everyone for their help and advice.

    Pat
     
  10. BDodd

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    Steep, if you've been shooting well hunting with your field grade 870, I'd just stick with it. You're bound to want to change later and often like most of us have but there's no rush to begin that process. If you don't do well in the field with your current gun, then look sooner than later. I recommend you shoot your very familiar field gun and talk with other shooters, admire their guns, ask if you can maybe try some shots with their guns, and you just might fall in love with one that can be bought or at least you'll know what you are looking for. As far as just sticking to 870s, no harm there, they've done their job for a good many years......breakemall
     
  11. dead on 4

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    For $200.00 you can buy a new Jack West composite stock and forearm. The stock has an adjustable comb which would cost more than $200.00 to have one installed on a existing stock. I put a set on my 870 field gun, works like a champ.

    Surfer
     
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