Originally Posted by Airborne
Keep shooting your 870 but go have it coated by black ice in Spanish Fork, it will look new again. Run ya about $200.
Couple other points, there are a lot of assumptions that shotguns shoot to their point of aim...nope, only about half do, American rifleman magazine does best shotgun analysis and I have been getting that magazine for 20 years and it proves it with all the shotguns they test.
Have you patterned your 870? Have you done any shooting to fit tests? I donít mean shoot a cardboard box but actual testing? Look man, everybody likes new guns but nobody tests and evaluates shotguns like they should. I do and what you currently have is good but the rust issue with 870ís is a problem that can be fixed for a quarter of the cost of another gun. You need to truly evaluate your 870 before you go spending money. I can teach ya if you want, shoot me a pm. I just fixed up an old 870, I have a barrel bender and everything. Or go roll the dice and buy a new shotgun, it may fit ya 50/50 chance. Good luck
The sad truth is I really haven't ever put any serious effort into figuring out the details in fit and patterning, etc. Strange that I spend so much time tinkering with arrows, fletchings, bow tuning, to make sure my archery equipment is performing exactly as I need it to, but when it comes to the shotgun, I never give any of the details a second thought. That's largely why I put the question out here.
I know the 870 is serviceable and I'm not scrapping it, but after 22 years, I really do want a new shotgun. Semi-auto preferred. I may go get the 870 coated and give that to my boy to hunt with and not be worried about what he might put it through.
I'm gonna try and shoot the Benelli Montefeltro with my buddy in the next few weeks. Also going to shoot the SX4 and the Browning Maxus, as those are all guns I can easily get my hands on in my circle of friends.
Lots to consider, I'll shoot you a PM about the shooting to fit tests. Really appreciate the input, and whether I keep shooting the 870 or a new gun, I do need to understand better what I'm looking for with the shotgun.