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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by byrom1212, Jul 23, 2008.
Is there any way to tell how old a remington 870 is?
Cut off the barrel and count the rings?
tried that didnt work
Call remington.1-800-243-9700 m-f 9-5 est.
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.
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.
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.
If it has a shiny chrome shell lifter its pre-1977.
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.