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I own a remington 870 and I am looking into buying a rifled barrel for deer hunting in se michigan. There are barrels from 3 manufacturers (rem, hastings and mossberg) that I have found. I was wondering if there is much difference between the performance of these barrels since the prices are quite different. Thanks for any info you can give me.
 

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I had a 870 Express with a smooth slug barrel. It did not give me the groups that I wanted so I borrowed my friends Hastings slug barrel and brought my best groups down from 8.2" to 2.8" at 75 yards. One note on the Hastings: Do not shoot Remington's solid copper slugs in it. Re: Hastings Corp.
 

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Not to go into a lot of boring technical data and reasons.....I use nothing but Hastings rifled slug barrels on the research and development of slug designs.They are barrel specialists and their barrels are of top quality. They are outstanding with full size .729"/.730" Paradox type slugs we are working on.......James Gates
 

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James,

Not to drag you off topic, but you can not simply drop the Paradox type slug statement with out providing some more information. A paradox type load usable in any rifled shotgun barrel versus the specially chambered and bored barrels of the original Paradox guns could be an interesting and useful loading.

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The reason I have not gone into any more details on my bullet/slug for rifled shotgun barrels is because I am still in the development stage. As you know, the Paradox gun was quite popular at one time. The bullet was about 1:1, length to diameter, and required very little twist to stabilize it. It was hard lead, with a lube groove.
My entire project is aimed at giving the rifled barrel shotgun shooter a bullet/slug (.729"/.730"), that can be pushed at at reasonable velocity for flat mid range trajectory, with a very large meplat for postive wound channel, and can be loaded (in the crimp groove) in 2 1/2" brass shells for 2 3/4" chambers, in 2 3/4" brass shells in 3" chambers, and in either plastic shells (2 3/4" or 3"). It is not a compromise, as factory offerings that try to sell them for use in both smooth and rifled barrels. It's designed solely for rifled barrels for those who don't want pistol bullet types in sabots.
Best Regards, James
 
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