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Remington 870 12ga: Quality still high?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by NewToTX, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. leVieux

    leVieux Old Guy "Have Gun; Won't Travel !"

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    We settled on the 870's some 35 years ago. My field guns are the "Mod. 870 Special Field" in 12 & 20GA. My camo Mossberg has only been used twice. When I was younger, I hunted Central America every year. Other hunters would ask "Where is your spare shotgun?" I'd just say: Mine is an 870, I don't need a "spare", it won't break. I've had many Browning's & Beretta's break in the field. Never an 870. leVieux
     


  2. Quig

    Quig New Member

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    The 870s are my faveorite pump line. Express is great but if you can get the wingmaster I would go with that. There are tons of used ones everywhere. I would recomend the 3 or 3.5 inch. The 3.5 will be higher in price. You can get a great used express for right around 225 or a wingmaster for 350 if you look hard enough.I agree the 870 has went down hill some but I prefer the action over mossberg. Mossberg still makes a great gun for its price point.

    At the lower price point Mossberg is a great choice. I would try one out and feel the action. For a little more money the brands mentioned above are great.

    I personally will stay with 870s but I do have a few of the older (4-15 years) wingmasters in 20 and 12 guage.

    there are lower spec and tolerance requirements on your firearms at some of your box stores.
     
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  3. TheDan

    TheDan 4th Best Member TGT Supporter

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    I have my dad's Wingmaster; probably about the same age as yours. It's a nice gun. I don't really care for newer 870s

    I like actually Winchester's pump actions over both Remington and Mossberg, but I also really dig the tang safety on the Mossbergs.
     
  4. avvidclif

    avvidclif RFTW 2010

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    If you like the 870 pick up a Winchester Model 12. I have both and there is no comparison in quality. The 870 is a '73 vintage and the 12 is a early 50's. Hold a Model 12 vertical and push the slide release. It will fall open. Always amazed me.
     
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  5. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    Always good advice. I have two.

    I'd like to try an Ithaca 37, too.
     
  6. leVieux

    leVieux Old Guy "Have Gun; Won't Travel !"

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    Same here !
    leVieux
     
  7. Kingarthur777

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    I have used Remingtons, Winchesters, and Mossbergs. I have a deep love for Winchester 1300 Defenders in their original condition. I have one that just lives in the safe. I like Mossbergs for where the safety is located. I like ghost rings, because that is what I am used to. So, my favorite is the Mossberg 590, I even put a bayonet on it for grins.
     
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  8. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    You and my mom. She left me 3 of 'em.
     
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  9. The Rattler

    The Rattler New Member

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    If you try Ithaca Model 37,you will like it. They are more expensive than the other models being discussed, but the higher quality is worth it. I own all pump models in field guns discussed above (except Mossberg) and the Model 37 is my favorite. I have a Remington Model 12 that is a great gun, but I still prefer the Model 37.
     
  10. BuzzinSATX

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    About $200


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