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Old 09-14-2010, 01:55 PM
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870 shooting bad please help

I had a rem870 that i turned into a slug gun. I order a hastings rifled barrel for it and a rifleman shotgun scope. Ive been shooting the hornady sst slugs out of it. I havnt been able to shoot consistent groups out of it. Its all over the place. I shot 50 and 100 yrds. I almost feel bad for putting money into it. ive heard from alot of people that these guns can get descent groups out to 100. Any help???????????????/
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:10 PM
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I had a rem870 that i turned into a slug gun. I order a hastings rifled barrel for it and a rifleman shotgun scope. Ive been shooting the hornady sst slugs out of it. I havnt been able to shoot consistent groups out of it. Its all over the place. I shot 50 and 100 yrds. I almost feel bad for putting money into it. ive heard from alot of people that these guns can get descent groups out to 100. Any help???????????????/
I have 5 remington slug guns in my safe right now. There is not one of them that will not shoot one ragged hole at 100 yards, with the right slug.

They all shoot well with lightfields! I have an 1187 that only shoots federal. You have to try diffrent sabots in your gun. Thats the only way to get the groups your looking for.

Make sure everything else it tight! Blue locktight is your friend.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:53 AM
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Re: 870 shooting bad please help

im getting 2-4 in groups at 50 and 3-7 in groups at 100. that pretty much sucks. Anyway im going to try the lightfields and see what happens. Do you think a sims recoil pad will help with accuracy since it kicks. talk to me chief no one else is responding. I guess nobody gives a crap.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:40 PM
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im getting 2-4 in groups at 50 and 3-7 in groups at 100. that pretty much sucks. Anyway im going to try the lightfields and see what happens. Do you think a sims recoil pad will help with accuracy since it kicks. talk to me chief no one else is responding. I guess nobody gives a crap.
Its not that they dont care just not alot of eastern hunters here. I have to drive to use my rifles. If I want to hunt on my property its slugs only during the regular season.

Just try a good cross section of slugs. Hasting makes a great barrel my uncle uses one on his 870. Sabots are expensive I know. I have always had the best luck with lightfeilds.

I dont know about the recoil pad maybe are you shooting 3"? Make sure all the bases and rings are tight. I have always zeroed my slugs at 50yards. there are directions on the back of the light field box that say something to the order of if you zero 2" high at 50 your dead on at 150.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:35 PM
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Re: 870 shooting bad please help

since the se corner of pa went to shotguns only many years ago i discovered alot about shooting slugs to help out my clients.

get a good smith to do a trigger job or have the timney for the 870 installed.

if you have a saddle mount or a cantaliever mount you are working against yourself. i never seen one that i couldn't induce movement into. have the gun drilled and tapped for a weaver 62 plate.

barrel attachment. use blue loctite to secure the barrel to the receiver and keep the nut on the mag tube tight. yes you may have to heat it to get the barrel out but live with it. the more secure the barrel mounting the better your accuracy.

a good recoil pad, earplugs and muffs while sighting in helps alot.

now the worse part. i know it can get expensive and painful but you have to try as many varieties of slugs that you can to find out what the gun prefers. i have had guns that would shoot cheap winchesters and hated expensive brenneke's. i will tell you i have found large variations in different lots of the hornady slugs. a gun does well with one lot but not another.

the final piece of advice i can give you is that key boards type great groups. i have had people claim an accuracy level of their gun but when i met them at a range to see it they were not able to reproduce it on demand.

good luck on your search
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:58 PM
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Re: 870 shooting bad please help

Thank you very much for the information. Finally a couple responses to fill in the gaps. Im going to work on it, but i think ill be better of buy a barrel for my thompson center, 12 and 20. i dont want to put any more money into an pump action gun that wont give me what im looking for. Anybody looking for a hastings barrel???
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:30 PM
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Re: 870 shooting bad please help

well thats what i did. i got a fully rifled barrel in 20 gauge for my encore. with the remington slugs it is accurate but even better it is consistant as to point of aim. i got rid of the H&R/NEF super slugger after i shot the barrel.
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