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 Stock pouch or side saddle for extra ammo storage?
linksavetheday  [Member]
12/4/2008 8:35:19 PM EDT
My 870 is my primary HD gun. I have a Surefire forend on it and I would like to have some additional ammo on hand should I need it. Would a buttstock ammo pouch or a side saddle be a better choice? Or would it just add extra weight?
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EPD1102  [Member]
12/5/2008 2:34:47 AM EDT
The sidesaddle allows you to carry extra ammo or a different type of ammo such as slugs for penetrating cover. I personally don't like the shell holders that slip on the stock because they interfers with shooting from the opposite side such as left-handed if you are normally a right-handed shooter. The elastic also seems to wear out and they become loose on the stock.
Justice1132  [Member]
12/6/2008 5:40:57 AM EDT
The side saddle is great, just make sure you do not over tighten the screws that hold it on (the ones that go through the receiver and replace the pins that hold in the trigger group), if you do the receiver is shot and there is no way to fix it. There are side saddles now on Remington's website that use velcro, but I have not tried them out yet and do not know how well they work. I have used the Tac Star side saddle exclusively and have never had a problem.

The elastic buttstock ammo carrier is lacking like the above poster stated. The get loose and slip all over. BUT...if you get a shooters shotgun stock pack (Eagle Industries), you will not be disappointed. I've had them on all my shotguns and could not be happier. They attach with velcro straps rather that a elastic cuff, and you can cinch it down tight. Holds 5 shells in the outer loops, and there is a zipper pocket that will hold more loose shells as well ( I think I can get 9 in there).

A little pricey on the website ($39), but I have seen them cheaper if you look around. Eagle Industries backs their gear 100% and their customer service is top can deal with them in confidence! Be sure to order correctly for right hand or left hand, they are not interchangeable...ask me how I know

I personally have both on my shotguns. It makes for a heavy shotgun, but with practice, you can learn to deal with it. You have to practice with the Eagle stock pack a little. The extra rounds stick out a LITTLE bit which will rub on your right arm. Doesn't bother me, but try it out ya know? Also the stock pack will raise your cheek weld a bit from the stock. I think it feels nice...a little suede cushion after firing a couple hundred rounds of buckshot.
901Mike  [Member]
12/7/2008 10:56:36 AM EDT
I'm a believer in "both" My 870 is my "do it all, grab and go" type of gun, and I like to be sure there's extra rounds at hand. Between the mag extension, side saddle, buttstock shell carrier, and four rounds stuffed into a speed feed stock, there's 21 rounds available right there on my gun. It makes for a very heavy shotgun, but reduces recoil quite a bit... It works well for my needs though. I'm a 300 lb guy with a decent amount of upper body strength, so the weight don't bother me much. if my wife ever used it, it would be used as a barricade gun, and never leave the bedroom.

And on the bright side, if I get a wild hair and decide to go camping, canoeing, or whatever, it's all there, and ready to go.

I would recommend a quality butt cuff if you go that route though. I've learned the hardway that a few extra bucks at the counter beats the hell outta losing rounds every time you take your gun out of it's corner.

I was just starting to look at the one Eagle Industries one like the other gent posted. Looks real nice, and not prone to slippage. I have one on my hunting rifle that's worked real well. I appreciate that little mini review on it!
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FrankOceanXraY  [Member]
12/7/2008 6:57:59 PM EDT
ronin275  [Member]
12/8/2008 11:26:06 AM EDT
+1 on both. Its my HD do all go everywhere gun. My 870 and my 11-87 have the side saddle and the stock pouch. The eagle is the way to go. Yes its heavy but like the other men posted you have your extra rounds with you. Its nice to be able to carry different rounds. It gives you options. I also have ghost rings and the shurfire forearm lights on them.
sambeaux  [Team Member]
12/8/2008 12:33:37 PM EDT
I have a Benelli nova with both a sidesaddle and an eagle ammo holder. I tried the blackhawk first, but I prefer the eagle.

THe zipper pocket on the eagle is big enough to hold a box of slugs and a few loose rounds.

SewerCow  [Member]
12/8/2008 12:58:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By linksavetheday:
My 870 is my primary HD gun. I have a Surefire forend on it and I would like to have some additional ammo on hand should I need it. Would a buttstock ammo pouch or a side saddle be a better choice? Or would it just add extra weight?

This is just me but I don't want to drill or do any modification to my shotgun such as drilling in the receiver. I like the stock pouch.
Justice1132  [Member]
12/8/2008 5:42:39 PM EDT
I apologize if I was unclear with my last post....the Tac Star side saddle does not require any drilling of the receiver. You just replace the two pins holding the trigger group assembly with two screws (supplied with the side saddle) that hold the side saddle on. Don't worry, I freak out myself when someone says to get out some files and a dremmel tool

What I was trying to say is that when you tighten the screws to the side saddle, you have to be careful not to over-tighten. Saying that, I have never over-tightened them, nor have I bent a receiver. Just passing along the advise given by some of the Remington guys. Hope this helps.
deadduck357  [Member]
12/8/2008 6:48:19 PM EDT
Just installed a Tac Star this weekend and dont know why it has taken me so long to give it a try, it is great, for $30, feels like I stole something. I have use several of the elastic loop carriers over the years, they are good at first but the elastic loops stretch out before long and start dropping shells.
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