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Why did Remington discontinue 870 Trap barrel production?

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Why did they discontinue the 870 Trap barrel production? Seems like it would be a good option for younger generation to get into trap. In fact I’m getting back into shooting after a long hiatus. Was planning on putting a trap barrel on the 870 wing master I just picked up for $100 along with a new stock as it doesn’t match anyways. This was to get me by until I found the right O/U for the right price similar to the Beretta I shot back in the day. However I can’t find a barrel anywhere but ebay. While I not a big fan of buying barrels off eBay it may be my only choice.
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Why did they discontinue the 870 Trap barrel production? Seems like it would be a good option for younger generation to get into trap. In fact I’m getting back into shooting after a long hiatus. Was planning on putting a trap barrel on the 870 wing master I just picked up for $100 along with a new stock as it doesn’t match anyways. This was to get me by until I found the right O/U for the right price similar to the Beretta I shot back in the day. However I can’t find a barrel anywhere but ebay. While I not a big fan of buying barrels off eBay it may be my only choice.
Try Kittery trading post web site..they usually have a lot of used barrels..might get lucky.
 

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I found two for sale on here both at reasonable prices, including one of the mythical 34" ones.
 

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Is this what you meant by trap barrel?

Looks like plenty of 870 barrels on barrel exchange:
Non say trap...so not sure if they don't have what you are looking for or you meant vent rib.
Preferably would like the trap/target barrel. However this bears the question of what is the big difference between the vent rib barrel and trap barrel when it comes to shooting? How can a person identify each?
 

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I will have to take another look. I just have missed them when I looked/searched.
Sorry, I didn't mean currently for sale. Just that I had bought a couple on here, one from a vendor and one from a member in the last few months. They show up on here reasonably often.
 

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Preferably would like the trap/target barrel. However this bears the question of what is the big difference between the vent rib barrel and trap barrel when it comes to shooting? How can a person identify each?
Scott Haynes is the man when it comes to Remington production.
A true target/trap barrel should be marked like this and will have a white Bradley type front bead and a mid bead.
I don't know if the entire production of trap barrels were marked this way but the ones I have seen are.

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If it has a step rib on the barrel like the one below, it's a trap barrel unless somebody has altered it.
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I've got an 870 with a barrel marked heavy target it has a .740 bore and choke tubes the gun must have been a custom shop build as it has an engraved receiver that is marked as a magnum and the buttstock is machined for an 1100 and has a long forearm.
 

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I was able to buy a new/old stock trap barrel for my 870 a couple of years ago. It came still sealed in the original box. It has a vent rib barrel, full choke, mid bead and ivory front bead. Yes, it came off eBay for $100. Honestly with a Nitro 27 shell that gun throws the best pattern I have ever seen. I had purchased a wingmaster new a few years ago, put a Jack West stock on it and then this barrel. It’s a super nice old school trap gun. I pull it out on occasion to play with.
 
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