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picksbigwagon

same old dog, new collar

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finally decided to give up on the new shotgun and bought a stock set from cabelas.

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close up:

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Needless to say, I am very excited to get out and throw some lead around

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Cooter

She looks sweet Tom, I've seen those 'additions' for the old girl in Cabelas. Only bad thing, ya gotta baby her going through the brush now! Whats next, a scope?

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picksbigwagon

I thought about babying her through the brush, but it is an 870, she needs to beat the brush to feel normal. Probably the last time it will look this good too. I have thought about a scope, but with the rollover on the stock, my head feels a little better lined up for the open sights, than before. scope might come next year, we'll see how the winter goes with MN new night time coyote hunting with lights law. Might have to go with a red dot by then

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tex22

If you don't mind me ask, how much did the conversion cost? Looks sweet

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picksbigwagon

30 bucks for the forend, 80 for the stock. That was from cabelas, a finished product. you can buy the same set from the company that makes them for less, it is called a "virtual inlet part" which means you might need to do a little sanding and carving to get it fit flush. the company that makes the set is boyds gun stocks. do search for them.....I thought I might as well go with the finished set, I had the gift cards burning a hole in my pocket. It adds a little bit more weight, but it is so much easier to hold onto with the thumbhole stock....I am not sure yet if I will but the sling back or not

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