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Looking to buy a gun for pretty much just shooting clay pigeons. Since it will be just for shooting around and not competition I'd rather not pay an arm and leg for one. I was up at Walmart today and saw they had a Remington 870 for $299. It had a 28 or 30 inch barrel. Not sure about the choke. A figured the 870 would be a good starting point and have heard nothing but good things about it.

I'm also open to any other suggestions for around the same price.

Thanks in advanced!
 

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The Remington 870 is a great all-around gun, including Trap shooting.
I have used mine for Trap and Skeet too.
Although a semi-auto would be easier for Skeet.

Barrel lenght?
For sport shooting, the longer the better. Mine is 28" and I do fine with it.
For HD, you want a shorter barrel. I have an 18" for HD.

One last thing, $299 for it is a good price.
Buy it, be safe and enjoy it!
 

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I can't say anything bad about the 870 but, for me, I don't want to use a pump for clays. I've done it and didn't care for it.
For roughly the same price, look around for a Baikal IZH 27. Baikal is made in Russia. They are built like a tank and have a lot of extras for the money. -- screw-in chokes, good wood, etc.
I paid $575 for mine about ten years ago and have put many hundreds of rounds through it shooting sporting clays. Love it!
 

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The 870 (and subsequently the Mossburg 500) are great general purpose shot guns. I've used mine for trap shooting and it works fine but at times is a little cumbersome on second shots. (I may just need to practice with it more :) )

If I were going to get into it seriously I'd probably consider something else. Just my thoughts.
 

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For backyard playing around clay shooting the 870 is just fine. Its a great "do all" gun. However if you are going to really get into trap shooting you may consider a over/under shotgun. I shot trap compititions for years and you can spend a lot of $$$$ on good trap guns. But i know several people that shot here and there for fun and used a 870. Choke tubes are the key in yardage. $299 is a great price! Have fun!
 

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For Trap fun, a pump would do fine.
Again, a semi-auto makes it easy on the second shot for Skeet. Trap is usually one shot at a time.

For HD, nothing is better than the 870.
 

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Avid waterfowler here. My 870 is the best shot gun I've ever used. My beretta and benni usually sit in the closet. I have literally done nothing but sights on my 870 and it's perfect. I have a synthetic model and I've had it in water, mud, snow and pulled it right out. Knocked it off and killed some game. Great gun! Maybe my favorite.
 

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Would I be able to get the tactical 870 for home defense and then buy a longer barrel to swap in for trap/skeet? Seems like that would give me the best bang for my buck.
 

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I'm sure that's doable. I keep mine loaded under my bed. I figure I'll take the 23 and if SHTF the wife has my 6 with the 870 lol. Man the 870 is great! You can't beat it for 350 or whatever. I have 2000 dollar guns that dont perform as well in The field.
 
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