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    So I was looking at my 870 when I realized the top of the receiver didnt have any holes to screw in a rail for optics. I was wondering if anyone out there can recommended a rail system or if its safe and practical to screw into my 870 myself.
    What if quotas did exist?!

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    You have a few options.

    You can get a saddle. Decide first if you want a side saddle as well. If you do, you need a Mesa Tactical saddle mount, which will run you $100 on ebay, or about $130 from Midway USA. If you don't need a side saddle, many brands make a simple saddle mount that attaches a rail for around $50. These are typically good at holding a zero and require no smithing -- they replace the pins already there.

    The only other way is to attach a rail would be to mount it between the mag extension tube and the barrel, waaaay up front. Impractically far forward even for a red dot, but find if you need some place to strap a picatinny light mount.

    Forgot a third option. Several barrels, typically slug barrels though I'm sure someone does this for turkey barrels as well, come with a cantilever scope mount.
    Last edited by TimK; 09-08-2009, 04:02 AM.
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    • #3
      If it's for a red dot, send it to a smith to be drilled and tapped for a rail.

      Or it may be cheaper to buy a new 870 turkey or tactical. They are all tapped now from the factory. I have a $3 weaver scope rail on mine. Didn't need a picatinny (spelling?) rail since the aimpoint micro uses only one slot.

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      • #4
        IIRC Vang offers this service.

        I have though about sending my 870 in to them to have a small pic-rail installed in front of the MMC sight so I can use an Aimpoint Mini or Trijicon RMR on it.
        "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Blackdog F4i View Post
          IIRC Vang offers this service.

          I have though about sending my 870 in to them to have a small pic-rail installed in front of the MMC sight so I can use an Aimpoint Mini or Trijicon RMR on it.
          Have you gotten the VCS mods done to your 870?
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          • #6
            Nope.....but I would like to.
            "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
            8541tactical.com - Ammo Wallets

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            • #7
              Whats the VCS mod?
              What if quotas did exist?!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ExSDSO View Post
                Whats the VCS mod?
                The Vang Comp System modifications increase accuracy and reduce felt recoil from the 870. I read an article about his mods in Guns & Ammo (I think) awhile back and they showed that after his mods, it was completely viable to use 00 buckshot at longer distances than would normally be acceptable. If I remember correctly at 25 yds it was a very tight shot pattern from the buckshot with only one pellet going stray by a couple of inches.

                https://www.vangcomp.com/
                Eat Meat, Build Mass!

                www.centralfloridaammo.com

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