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Hastings or Remington?

I’m considering a build of a dedicated slug gun. I have an older wood stocked 12 gauge Remington 870 “M” receiver. It seems like it has some meat to it, feeling more solidly built than the current 870s. Maybe that’s just my imagination. I’ve looked at Hastings and Remington cantilevered barrels as this would be an optics only rig. What are the pros and cons of each?
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Hastings have a warning on there site "not to shoot Remington sabot's ammo through there slug barrels". I came upon that a week ago when I was looking to get a slug barrel for my 870.
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I don't know if I just had a lemon or not, but before NY permitted rifles in their deer season, I was hunting there some and had an 11-87 12 ga rifled barrel with cantilever scope mount. It was the worst shooting slug gun that I ever had. I honestly could not get groups tighter than 6 inch at 50 yards. And I tried 5 or 6 different kinds of slugs, including the Remington copper solids.
I took it hunting anyway, and shot at a buck at 25 yards. I thought I missed it, but I actually hit it low in the brisket. I discovered that after it ran toward my buddy and he killed it. He fired two shots and we found three holes in it in a neat little cloverleaf which I assumed mine to be the lowest one. That was the only day that I carried it and sold it after the season.
Like I said, maybe I just had a lemon, but based upon that experience, I don't think I'd buy another Remington slug gun or barrel, especially with the QC problems that they are rumored to be having.
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Hastings have a warning on there site "not to shoot Remington sabot's ammo through there slug barrels". I came upon that a week ago when I was looking to get a slug barrel for my 870.
I noticed that too. When I called Hastings for details, I asked about that. The call taker stated there was one issue with Remington copper solids, and Hastings/Verney Carron wanted nothing to do with another, therefore, they made said recomendation. Seemed like once was enough, sure would be for me. I won’t be the next test case.
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I don't know if I just had a lemon or not, but before NY permitted rifles in their deer season, I was hunting there some and had an 11-87 12 ga rifled barrel with cantilever scope mount. It was the worst shooting slug gun that I ever had.

I had the same experience with an 870 that was a cantilever gun from new. It threw just about everything I shot out of it all over the place. After trying a half dozen brands I finally found it would shoot Lightfield Lights OK at 50 yards. Like Kudu, I got rid of the gun after the first season, traded it at Cabelas for a Savage 220.
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I don't know if I just had a lemon or not, but before NY permitted rifles in their deer season, I was hunting there some and had an 11-87 12 ga rifled barrel with cantilever scope mount. It was the worst shooting slug gun that I ever had. I honestly could not get groups tighter than 6 inch at 50 yards. And I tried 5 or 6 different kinds of slugs, including the Remington copper solids.
I took it hunting anyway, and shot at a buck at 25 yards. I thought I missed it, but I actually hit it low in the brisket. I discovered that after it ran toward my buddy and he killed it. He fired two shots and we found three holes in it in a neat little cloverleaf which I assumed mine to be the lowest one. That was the only day that I carried it and sold it after the season.
Like I said, maybe I just had a lemon, but based upon that experience, I don't think I'd buy another Remington slug gun or barrel, especially with the QC problems that they are rumored to be having.
Ugh not good! I would be taking it to a gunsmith to go over and adjust, true, lock tite, etc. I have time to research.

Maybe I just chop and pin the barrel, drill and tap for scope? Decisions...

Tarhunt has a nice looking product, but expensive!
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i had a Mossberg branded barrel for my 870. it was very accurate with Hornady slugs.

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My old hunting partner and I hunted a 24/7 deer deprevation permit for years. He had the Hastings barrel on his 12Ga Remington, and it was simply a tackdriver. Pretty much accurate with any sabot he tried, including the Copper Solids. (I know).

He picked up a Savage 220 in 20Ga, with the camo stock and never looked back. He sold the 12 Ga.

That 220 impressed me so much that I own one too. After filling the forestock with Accraglas to stiffen it up, and bedding the action as well, mine is easily accurate to 150 yds, and at FTRPAs 200 yd range it hit the 9X9inch steel plate 5 for 5 pretty much center.

Zeroed 1.75 inches at 100 yds using 3" Accutips it is dead on at 125 yds, and 2 1/2" low at 150. If you want a suggestion for a "put it in the middle and pull the trigger" gun this is it.

Remember.... they're full time deer......we're part time hunters!

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Buy the Savage 220 and pair it with the Remington accutips. It won't cost that much more than buying a Hastings Barrel. a much better trigger than any pump or semi
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