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870 barrel and steel shot?

Well I've been thinking of getting into goose hunting, my only problem is with my 870 barrel. It's a fixed mod. choke... How do i know that this is 'steel rated'? Only reason i ask is as i was looking though the Cabelas book today looking at decoys i saw the replacement 870 barrels and i looked to see the price, and saw that there where a few that where "steel rated'... Whats this all about? I don't feel like putting $250+ into a 'steel rated' barrel if its not needed

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Re: 870 barrel and steel shot?

there barrels that say 'steel' mean that they come with a full choke. thats it.
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Re: 870 barrel and steel shot?

Uh... NO. They are chrome lined (not the shiny stuff). I think most all new shotguns are made this way. It is basically a lining that is harder than the steel that is shot from the gun so it won't wear down causing you to eventually to shoot an improced cylinder.

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Uh... NO. They are chrome lined (not the shiny stuff). I think most all new shotguns are made this way. It is basically a lining that is harder than the steel that is shot from the gun so it won't wear down causing you to eventually to shoot an improced cylinder.
uh... so what your saying is all there new barrels can handle steel.im saying the ones the say are steel rated come with a full choke instead of a mod, and thats the only difference. from what im told
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Re: 870 barrel and steel shot?

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Uh... NO. They are chrome lined (not the shiny stuff). I think most all new shotguns are made this way. It is basically a lining that is harder than the steel that is shot from the gun so it won't wear down causing you to eventually to shoot an improced cylinder.
uh... so what your saying is all there new barrels can handle steel.im saying the ones the say are steel rated come with a full choke instead of a mod, and thats the only difference. from what im told
Most gun manufactures do not want you using a full choke for steel. It is harder than lead and there in no give when it is comming out of the barrel which may cause your barrel to bulge. Most new barrels are made for steel shot, older ones will say steel approved or have steel rated somewhere on it.
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Re: 870 barrel and steel shot?

Where would that be located on the barrel? All my barrel says is

"2 3/4 or shorter shells...... Mod..... J|L.... O... X...80
And the other side says the remington thing and all the patent #'s and
R.E.P. incircled a P just outside the incircling and a big freckin M and a G inside a triangle...

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Re: 870 barrel and steel shot?

ANd i'm not sure if its a new barrel or an older barrel, hence why i'm asking and putting all these letters up on my last post, dont really wanta spend $250 for a new barrel if not needed, but dont feel like getting half way though next year and having to get a new barrel

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Re: 870 barrel and steel shot?

A modern modified choke barrel will handle steel shot. Your 870 barrel should be OK.
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Re: 870 barrel and steel shot?

I would have to guess since it is an 870 that is only chambered for 2 3/4" shells, and it is a fixed mod choke that it is NOT steel shot approved.

If you want to hunt waterfowl with non-toxic shot I would recommend getting on the waterfowl forum, and asking what kinds of shot can be shot from older barrrels. There are some out there. Yes. It will cost more than steel shot, but unless you are doing a lot of shooting it will be cheaper than a new barrel.

Another option would be to trade the gun you have now for a newer model. You could get an express that is rated for steel, have a 3" chamber, and have the option for different choke tubes. I think those guns go for around $300. If you could get $200 for yours it would only cost you $100.

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ANd i'm not sure if its a new barrel or an older barrel, hence why i'm asking and putting all these letters up on my last post, dont really wanta spend $250 for a new barrel if not needed, but dont feel like getting half way though next year and having to get a new barrel
If you determine that its not capable of shooting steel. You should re-think buying a new barrel for $250. You could definately find a used 870 Express with 3" shell capability for that price. You may even find a new combo model for not a whole lot more.

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