Saturday, January 25, 2014

Remington 870 Police Wood Forend Bleg

I haven't really talked about it but Project 870 is almost done. Don't worry I took pictures and will talk about each phase of assembly as well as the concept of use behind the overall project in 2-3 posts coming shortly.Was just too busy today to get to it.

However I ran into a problem. When I went to mount the velcro for the essetac card that I plan to use as a sidesaddle I ran into an issue. My standard 870 wood forend comes over the receiver by about 2 inches. This means no can haz card or side saddle which makes me sad.

I don't especially want to take a saw to the wood I've got. Sure I could do it but I do not have the equipment or expertise to make it look anything but bubba made.

Yes I know that for $20-30 bucks I can get some sort of plastic forend. That is not what I want to do. Given that I've saved a few bucks so far on the project I'm willing to pay a bit to finish it right. Did some research and it looks like I need an 870 Police wood forend. I'd rather do that then take a saw to the forend I have, sand it and try to finish it to not look like doo doo which I will still try before getting a hogue overmolded black stock or a magpul one.

Or if it turns out to be financially insane or a total PITA I will just scrap the receiver mounted card for now but I really do not like that option. Having 21 rounds on the gun appeals to me a lot. Given that I would quite possibly be nekid except running shorts and have not learned to store shotgun shells between my butt cheeks I'd like more rounds on the gun than less. I want to find a setup that works.

Assistance in finding a sanely priced 870 Police forend would be greatly appreciated.Used in good or even high end fair condition is fine. Can swap stuff or pay cash.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.ar15.com/mobile/topic.html?b=7&f=92&t=1257807

If you have an ar15.com account, might be worth checking into. Appears to still be available.

Anonymous said...

Just finished up my own 870 Express project. Upgraded extractor, Nordic Components +2 mag extension with clamp and Streamlight TLR-1, Specter Gear buttstock carrier and SOE Gear 6 round shot card on the receiver. Looked at the Esstac cards but felt 7 rounds would be awkward. The SOE Gear cards also have a stiff back, so they are easier to handle, which I like. I don't leave a round in the chamber, but 6 in the mag plus 12 spare on the gun leaves me enough rounds to do some serious damage. And if 18 rounds of 00 isn't enough to take care of the problem, then I probably should have been using a 40-watt phased plasma rifle from the get-go.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention I replaced the standard forend with a polymer police forend. Wood is awesome and all, and I'd love to dress mine in some nice wood hardware, but gotta love the low price on the plastic stuff.

Anonymous said...

I ended up getting another beat up forend for mine chesp and just cut.
You could just cut the card down but I'm not a fan of taking ammo away from an already limited capacity.
Did you remember to make sure Velcro isn't blocking your take down pins?

Peter said...

Gun Parts Corp. is sold out of the police fore-end right now:

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/ad/931960.htm#927010

but it lists a whole lot of wood alternatives, all with the underlug, some very low-cost:

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/Manufacturers/Remington-33454/Shotguns-37896/870-41213/StocksForends-34305.htm?results=All

You could simply buy one of those and whittle on it, keeping your existing fore-end intact. Alternatively, they do have the polymer police fore-end in stock:

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/Products/584820.htm

Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

I second the takedown pin comment, and would add you probably don't want to cover the serial number either.
Scofflaw

Theother Ryan said...

Peter, Thanks! For that price I might just wait till they are in stock again. Alternatively it looks like used 870 express wood is dirt cheap so I may try the whittling route.

Scofflaw, The SN # issue had occurred to me but I hadn't thought about take down pins. However missing both of those would mean a card is barely going to fit and will hang off the top. One problem at a time I guess.

Anonymous said...

Ryan, I just meant to trim the Velcro to not cover the sn. I'm not concerned about the card covering it.

Anonymous said...

The S/N cannot be covered by anything permanently affixed to the gun. The card is not permanently fastened, so it's not a problem if it covers the S/N - it can be easily removed. The Velcro backing needs to be trimmed so it doesn't cover the number up is all you need to do - and +1 on trimming away where the pins are covered up.

Theother Ryan said...

@1:39, The problem is you need the velcro to support the card. I'm sure I'll figure it out.

@2:47, I certainly cannot see why some velcro over the SN# would be illegal. It was more that I can see it becoming a hassle at some point.

Anonymous said...

The amount of velcro you need to trim to not cover those two areas is minimal. It won't affect the card's ability to hold on, so long as you are using decent quality velcro tape.

And it's not that you couldn't just take the Velcro off at some point if you needed to if you did cover up the s/n...I've always understood the rules as meaning you can't deface or somehow hide the number. I figure by making sure the number is always visible that I minimize the potential for hassle in the future, and to me that's worth a tiny bit less gripping power for my cards.

Theother Ryan said...

@8:03, I agree on general principle that I do not want to cover the takedown pins or the SN. It's just that when I start looking at the flat part of the receiver, without pushing off the front to mess with the action, the sling mount is blocking the back end, the take down pins and SN then where the receiver starts to curve there is only so much space. Some desire ma have to give to some degree.

Anonymous said...

When you say sling mount, are you talking a single point mount, placed between the receiver and the stock? On my setup, with the Velcro starting at just about the edge closest to the forend, I have plenty of room for a 6-round card (this is with a police forend mind you), and there is plenty of room to mount a single point sling without interfering with the card. Even with the space cut out for the pins and s/n, it holds quite firmly to the velcro that's there. If you think that the Esstac won't be fastened securely enough with the cutouts, then you may want to consider mounting a shorter card on the receiver, and keep the 7-round card (I assume that's what you have mounted on the stock) as is. At worst you will have 19 or 20 total rounds on the gun. That's the great thing about shot cards: you can try different models out for a minimal cost. I know the Esstac gets lots of love out there, but don't disregard other options. If I was in your position, I'd be willing to give up one round in order to run the gun in the configuration I want, while still having confidence in the card staying in place.

Commander_Zero said...

I have the forend off my 870HD that I swapped out when I got the SureFire forend. Black plastic though. Yours if you you want it.

Theother Ryan said...

@1:46, I think it will fit but it might be tight.

Zero, That would be awesome! Much thanks.

Rem870 said...

Most of the Remington 870 owners just make a cut in a forend to have a sidesaddle.

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