remington 870 age

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  1. byrom1212

    byrom1212 Member

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    Is there any way to tell how old a remington 870 is?
     


  2. shaggydog

    shaggydog New Member

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    Cut off the barrel and count the rings?:D
     
  3. byrom1212

    byrom1212 Member

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    tried that didnt work
     
  4. mac79912

    mac79912 Well-Known

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    Call remington.1-800-243-9700 m-f 9-5 est.
     
  5. Duman44

    Duman44 Member

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    Heres a site that shows date codes. Used it on my Wingmaster and it jives with the date I bought it November 1979-RV. This is not part of the guns serial number it's a date code on the left side of the barrel just forward of the receiver. If the gun has had the barrel replaced, then code is no longer valvid.

    http://www.remingtonsociety.com/rsa/questions/barrelcodes
     
  6. byrom1212

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    thanks guys.
     
  7. Shiner Bock

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    I recently called them for that info. It only takes a minute and in addition to telling you when it was made, they tell you the original configuration of the gun.
     
  8. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    Calling Remington is the best way to find the manufacture date and they're happy to help you. For a quick estimate, look at the shell lifter at the bottom of the shotgun. If it has a "U" shaped relief cut, it is fairly new. Without that cut, it's an old one.

    Flash
     
  9. Moonpie

    Moonpie TGT Addict Lifetime Member

    If it has a shiny chrome shell lifter its pre-1977.
     
  10. Paul5388

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    It's easier to look in this pdf file. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...jICYAw&usg=AFQjCNHbvxRwJRaQBFpwdOvrLqpB-_T_gA

    Remington uses "BLACKPOWDERX" where each letter represents a month of the year. The year of production is also in letter format contained in the pdf.

    BTW, it works on shotguns and rifles. There are lots of guns that have serial number identifications in the pdf, but not S&Ws.
     


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