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Offline David in MN

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Building the Remington Home Defense Shotgun
« on: December 15, 2018, 04:30:23 PM »
If you're on the Mossberg side I think it's great. I grew up with the Remington so I use it because of muscle memory. I actually think Mossbergs are better built. That said:

Today I'm doing my Remington 870 Home Defense gun. You might not agree. I'm just telling what I have done. I'm of the firm belief that if you have no failures you haven't run a gun hard enough.

Starting with the 870 "Home Defense"

https://www.remington.com/shotguns/pump-action/model-870/model-870-express-synthetic-tactical-7-round

Now we need to upgrade... Oh I know it's never been a problem but you've never run it hard enough. I have had 2 failures with this gun. One was a failure to stay locked on close which was fixed with an aftermarket all-metal police style trigger group which I can't find to link right now on Brownells...

The other failure was due to the plastic follower which gummed up in the mag extension. So I upgraded the follower.

https://www.brownells.com/shotgun-parts/magazine-tube-parts/magazine-followers/remington-870-1100-1187-20gauge-shotgun-followers-prod73729.aspx

The other upgrade is the necessary side saddle. Mine is 4 and if yours is 6 perfect. I like lighter long guns. I have 6+1 in the gun and 4 on the saddle. For me that means 6+1 #4 buck, 2 #00 buck oriented down and 2 slugs oriented up. I've donne reload drills to make this second nature.

The other upgrade is the California Competition speed stripper:

https://www.brownells.com/shooting-accessories/speedloaders-accessories/shotgun-shell-holders/12-gauge-speed-stripper-prod4148.aspx

It works quick. I love that you can clip this to anything and deploy it quick. I have a 6+1 gun with 4 in the sidesaddle and 4 off my waist. You read right; I have a bump in the night 15 round shotgun with different loads on it.

Think about this build. I realize it's in the $700 range to get it all done. But you have the ultimate (my opinion) short range defensive tool.

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Re: Building the Remington Home Defense Shotgun
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2018, 11:32:36 AM »
Found the "police trigger plate". Don't know why it didn't show up yesterday...

https://www.brownells.com/shotgun-parts/trigger-group-parts/trigger-plate-parts/trigger-plates/trigger-plate-assembly-police-parkerized-prod26466.aspx

I also forgot to mention a sling. Throw whatever sling works for you on it.