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870 Express to Wingmaster Conversion

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:22 pm
I want a Wingmaster, left handed in 20ga, which they don't make. Can I buy an 870 Express LH 20ga and change the stock and foregrip? I'll also have my gunsmith shine up the metal and I'd like to change the barrel to a shorter non vent ribbed one.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:49 am
The short, quick answer is "Yes" you can do all those mods and upgrades and have a nicer, fancier Express that "looks and feels" like a Wingmaster.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:45 pm
I just noticed that they don't sell an Express LH in 20ga either. I thought I saw that they did. I suppose I could get the 12ga. I don't want to much recoil. Will there really be that much difference?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:29 pm
Anything would be an improvement over the Express looks. That awful looking hardwood stock and the receiver and barrel with the matte finish are the ultimate turn-off to me.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:09 pm
mauser9 wrote:.... and the receiver and barrel with the matte finish are the ultimate turn-off to me.


Ah, the soul of the unbeliever! Ha! On the other hand, I love the matte finish, deflects glare, repels fingerprints, looks to me like a nice dark Parkerized finish that I don't have to care too much about. :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:13 pm
Johnr283 wrote:.... I don't want to much recoil. Will there really be that much difference?


Depends on the load you shoot. a 1-oz load in a 12GA or 20GA going 1145 fps solves the mass-velocity equation exactly the same regardless of bore size, which never factors in to the equation. You can get lighter 20-ga loads, but they tend to compensate by adding velocity. Most people always assume a 20ga will recoil less than a 12ga, but there are many other additional factors involved.
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