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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 !"

    Mar 28, 2013
    New Orleans
    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

    Oct 7, 2018
    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.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
  3. TheDan

    TheDan 4th Best Member TGT Supporter

    Nov 11, 2008
    Austin - Rockdale
    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

    Aug 30, 2017
    Van Zandt County
    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

    Nov 22, 2011
    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 !"

    Mar 28, 2013
    New Orleans
    Same here !

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