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I am still trying to decide if I want to get into the sport of Trap shooting and start spending a little money on a new gun. Right now the only shotgun I have is a remington 870 express synthetic with an 18" barrel. Its mostly a home defense shotgun but my question is could I buy a different barrel and put it on to use this shotgun as a make do trap gun until I decide if I want to drop over $1000 on a good dedicated trap gun. Any input would be helpful. THanks in advance. John Beiser
 

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Any 870 barrel of the same gauge will fit. You can put a 28-30" on it and it will be ok. you will want to put a different stock on it otherwise it will shoot really flat and you will have to cover the target up to hit it. You dont have to spend 1000 buck on a gun to shoot trap either. I have a high dollar gun but I still shoot my $200 pawnshop 870tb better than anything else. If you keep your eyes open you can pick up an older 870 trap for 200-400.
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John, yes you can make it somewhat do with a barrel. It will definetly get you accustomed to shooting targets which is what your desiring at this point. There is absolutely no reason to spend that $1000 plus at this point. Find a barrel and enjoy the game. I did have a friend with a barrel I believe a 28" modified that wanted $75 for it. Let me know if interested.
 

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Light contour barrels will not fit...the magazine ring is not in the right place...shouldn't matter anyway as they are mostly 21" or 25".

A Boyd's stock and a good 30" modified trap or full trap barrel will give you a quite suitable gun and provide a good learning tool for the game. After 36 years in the sport and quite a few "good" trap guns from Winchester, Browning, Daley, and others, I still go to the 870 TB when there is a trophy, meat or a buddy shoot to win. If I'm on, it makes those ink spots, and after 300,000 plus rounds, has only had a firing pin and one trigger part replaced.
 

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IIRC As long as your 870 is not a special purpose all the barrels should fit as long as they are not for a special purpose. Im thinking yours might be with an 18" barrel. It would say special purpose on the reciever. .


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There is a guy selling a synthetic monte carlo stock on ebay right now which would give you a higher point of impact for trap shooting once you get a longer barrel.
Make sure it is a standard l.o.p not a youth stock before you bid on it.
 

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Oops. Did really mean to say "special purpose" instead of light countour. Thanks for setting the record straight. (Should have known it as I have a 20 special purpose and had to get just that same kind of barrel.)
 
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