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870 front sight question
« on: December 26, 2014, 11:12:58 pm »
After trading around, I ended up with an 870 Wingmaster in rough shape. Functional, but rough. The 26" barrel was heavily rusted near the bore, it was beyond salvaging so I cut it off to 18-1/2". So while it works for point-n-shoot, I'd like a front sight "just cuz" but I don't see a lot of options for non-ribbed barrels. So my WTA brothers, is there a cheap option for getting a sight up front? I don't want to add rifle sights or an optic, or really spend any more than I have to. Basically something I can pick up at a gun show or Midway and slap on.

I'm not opposed to spending money on the right project, but this ain't it. Cheap and easy is what I'm looking for.
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    Re: 870 front sight question
    « Reply #1 on: December 27, 2014, 01:44:21 am »
    without a gunsmith? I don't have a clue.
    maybe drill and tap for a bead. but that requires a drill press at least.

    have a chat with your local gunmangler, see what he'd charge you.
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    Re: 870 front sight question
    « Reply #2 on: December 27, 2014, 11:42:21 am »
    Drill and tap is a great suggestion.
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    Re: 870 front sight question
    « Reply #3 on: December 28, 2014, 04:12:42 am »
    If you simply install a bead directly on the barrel, your 870 will - most likely - pattern high.
    To overcome this problem current "riot" barrels have a bead mounted on a pedestal.
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    Re: 870 front sight question
    « Reply #4 on: January 06, 2015, 04:11:15 pm »
    A gunsmith can probably do it for less than $20 including the cost of a basic "gold" bead.   Depending on stock design, I would also be concerned about whether a plain bead or one on an elevated base might be needed.

    Heck, I'd probably temporarily glue (hot glue) a BB to the end of the barrel and pattern it to see if it shoots high.  Ten to 15 yards might be all you can realistically expect given that you have no choke.  The bead will probably fly off from the recoil, but no damage would be done to the barrel and you would have your answer as to whether you need some height.
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    Re: 870 front sight question
    « Reply #5 on: February 03, 2015, 12:31:24 pm »
    I have put many beads on sawed off barrels using a hand drill and the proper drill and tap (weird threads)  Trick is making sure you get TDC, but an 870 receiver in flat and easy to plumb up with a level.  Brownells has many options for beads and the right drill & tap.  There is also a slip on fiber optic bead for a temporary semi-permanent fix.  Don't think the pattern printing will be an issue at the ranges involved.  Hope this was helpful and best of luck.
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