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Posted: 6/12/2009 2:57:38 PM EST
I want to get in to shotguns. So I'm looking at buying a 870.
Just wanted some opinions and advice on if the 870 is a good place to start?
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 3:18:01 PM EST
yes
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 3:28:31 PM EST
870 is great!! What are you planning on using it for (we can help point you to the one that would fit your needs and wallet).
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 3:59:31 PM EST
General use, range, home defense, but not hunting yet. I think I'd get a different shot gun for hunting.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 4:06:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By Hendricks5150:
870 is great!! What are you planning on using it for (we can help point you to the one that would fit your needs and wallet).


Look around patiently and pick up a used 870 Wingmaster. They can be had for under $300 with some patience and a little luck - I did it when I added a Wingmaster to my 870 collection a month and a half ago. From there, the platform is very modular. In 30 seconds you can go from hunting/clays to home defense with a barrel swap. The Wingmaster also has no dimples in the mag tube, so any extension (if you get one) will work without hassle. It's a great platform with nearly 60 years of service.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 4:36:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By cosmos556:
Originally Posted By Hendricks5150:
870 is great!! What are you planning on using it for (we can help point you to the one that would fit your needs and wallet).


Look around patiently and pick up a used 870 Wingmaster. They can be had for under $300 with some patience and a little luck - I did it when I added a Wingmaster to my 870 collection a month and a half ago. From there, the platform is very modular. In 30 seconds you can go from hunting/clays to home defense with a barrel swap. The Wingmaster also has no dimples in the mag tube, so any extension (if you get one) will work without hassle. It's a great platform with nearly 60 years of service.


$300? That's pretty high unless it's nearly new gun with a remchoke barrel. I'm glad I don't live where you do though. I picked up a MINT 20 gauge lightweight magnum for ~$240. Picked up one 12 gauge magnum for $230 in good shape, and another for $150, also in good shape. I've passed on a bunch of the older 2 3/4" only guns for $160-$180. All of these found at local pawn shops. Hell, I even bought a rough 16 gauge wingmaster for $80 from a pawn shop here.

I have enough of them now that I can leave one with an 18" barrel installed, and just pick up one of the others when it's time to go hunting.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 6:25:03 PM EST
870 is a good multipurpose shotgun that can do it all.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 7:00:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 7:04:35 PM EST by cosmos556]
'round here a rough used 870 Express brings $300... IF you can find one. The Wingmaster I picked up was $285 after shipping/FFL fees on Gunbroker and is in the mid-90s on condition, fixed modified choke, vent rib. I've never once seen a bargain on a used 870 either here or back in my old hometown. Cheapest I ever saw was a used 870 Express for $240 with a coating of rust. There's about 10 pawn shops I check nearly weekly, no love. Everyone holds on their 870s I guess.

Pretty awesome deals you've found.
Link Posted: 6/12/2009 8:34:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/12/2009 8:36:39 PM EST by phoenix27]
The Rem 870 and Mossberg 500/590 are both excellent shotguns and you probably can't go wrong with either, it's just a matter of taste. I have two Mossbergs (500A Mariner and 930 SPX) and plan to get at least one more (590A1 SPX). 12-gauge is a real piss and with the diversity and availablity of ammo, it's a great choice. I wish I had gotten into these sooner (I've been a total AR freak for over 20-years), but I'm certainly having fun with them now.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:36:28 AM EST
The 870 is a great choice since it can be adapted to any role you might have for a shotgun. Just be warned that in addition to BRD there is also BSD.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 12:47:40 AM EST
I recently bought a 'tactical' 870. The thing that impressed me most was the ejector(s): they are very wide and strong, compared to the ejector on my Winchester 1200.

Prolly can't go too wrong with the 870.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 5:23:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By LoadedDrum:
The 870 is a great choice since it can be adapted to any role you might have for a shotgun. Just be warned that in addition to BRD there is also BSD.


BSD is just as nasty, if not worse... the parts are all so affordable!!
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 11:44:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By LoadedDrum:
The 870 is a great choice since it can be adapted to any role you might have for a shotgun. Just be warned that in addition to BRD there is also BSD.


BRD and BSD what's the difference?
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 4:49:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By cosmos556:
'round here a rough used 870 Express brings $300... IF you can find one. The Wingmaster I picked up was $285 after shipping/FFL fees on Gunbroker and is in the mid-90s on condition, fixed modified choke, vent rib. I've never once seen a bargain on a used 870 either here or back in my old hometown. Cheapest I ever saw was a used 870 Express for $240 with a coating of rust. There's about 10 pawn shops I check nearly weekly, no love. Everyone holds on their 870s I guess.

Pretty awesome deals you've found.


Damn, there's no way I'd pay that for a used express. All of mine are wingmasters. The express models are normally $20-$30 less than wingmasters here, used. I've bought a couple of mossy 500's for $100 or less, didn't keep them long either. They're normally $125-$140 here.

I'm still kicking myself for not picking up the 2 or 3 Franchi 48AL 12 gauges I've seen for ~$250-$275 each.
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 5:44:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Originally Posted By cosmos556:
'round here a rough used 870 Express brings $300... IF you can find one. The Wingmaster I picked up was $285 after shipping/FFL fees on Gunbroker and is in the mid-90s on condition, fixed modified choke, vent rib. I've never once seen a bargain on a used 870 either here or back in my old hometown. Cheapest I ever saw was a used 870 Express for $240 with a coating of rust. There's about 10 pawn shops I check nearly weekly, no love. Everyone holds on their 870s I guess.

Pretty awesome deals you've found.


Damn, there's no way I'd pay that for a used express. All of mine are wingmasters. The express models are normally $20-$30 less than wingmasters here, used. I've bought a couple of mossy 500's for $100 or less, didn't keep them long either. They're normally $125-$140 here.

I'm still kicking myself for not picking up the 2 or 3 Franchi 48AL 12 gauges I've seen for ~$250-$275 each.


Yeah, it's a real eye opener when Dick's sells a new Express for $320. All yours are Wingmasters? Lucky
Link Posted: 6/13/2009 6:18:40 PM EST
the first gun i got was a Wingmaster Bicentenial Comorative from '76 my grandfather gave me for my 18th birthday. I wouldnt trade it for anything. they are a joy to shoot, very modular, and easy as hell to clean. Why would you want to get a different gun to hunt with?? the 870 can go from busting clays with a 30" to taking a white tail with an 18" bbl in 30 seconds. thats part of what makes the remington 870 the only firearm a man will ever NEED to own. (wants are something else, hence my other toys)
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 2:28:55 PM EST
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