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Posted: 10/3/2001 5:29:16 PM EDT
I am sure this is a stupid question, but what is the difference between an 870 and an 870 Express?
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 5:37:01 PM EDT
The 870 Express has a lower cost matte finish, cheaper stock, and a little dimple in the mag tube that you have to remove to install an extension. The non-Express models will have either a parkerized finish ( on police or military models) and the Wingmaster series is polished and blued and have fancy wooden stocks and cost about double. Both are capable shotguns though. There may be other small differences that I didn't think of.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 5:39:46 PM EDT
Gus pretty much sumed it up correctly. One thing to know is that even the express models have removable choke tubes. They are a very good value. I have several 870's including an express and would buy another.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 6:17:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gus: The 870 Express has...a little dimple in the mag tube that you have to remove to install an extension. What is entailed in removing the dimple?
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 6:26:40 PM EDT
The dimple can be removed with some careful filing. I removed the ones on mine using a flat file with a rounded back side. Just use the follower to check if you've removed enough material for it to slide freely.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 6:55:24 PM EDT
Thanks for the info.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 7:47:46 PM EDT
You can drill the dimples out in about a minute. Check real quick that there are no burrs or anything. Spash some cold blue on it if you wanna and you're done.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 7:51:22 PM EDT
A dremel tool with grinding wheel will make quick work of it to.
Link Posted: 10/3/2001 7:59:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2001 7:55:03 PM EDT by FiveO]
Also, this was discussed just a short time ago: http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=54535
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 7:27:35 AM EDT
I also believe the express has an aluminum receiver. the 870 is steel a lot tougher in my opinion.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 7:48:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2001 7:43:01 AM EDT by Ian]
[url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=54535[/url]
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 9:35:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bcr308: I also believe the express has an aluminum receiver. the 870 is steel a lot tougher in my opinion.
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The Express I bought in '87 has a steel receiver. I 'bout couldn't get the magnet back off it. I really doubt Remington changed metals in the intervening years. They might have, but I doubt it.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 9:47:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bcr308: I also believe the express has an aluminum receiver. the 870 is steel a lot tougher in my opinion.
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Not the case. They are all steel.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 10:21:39 AM EDT
In addition, the express has a wooden birch stock or a cheap composite and a plastic trigger guard.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 10:33:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By JCR: I am sure this is a stupid question, but what is the difference between an 870 and an 870 Express?
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Not at all a stupid question...I was wondering the same thing.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 10:44:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2001 10:39:32 AM EDT by Chimborazo]
Damn double tap...sorry.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 11:19:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2001 11:17:33 AM EDT by Big_Bear]
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 12:29:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hardwood: In addition, the express has a wooden birch stock or a cheap composite and a plastic trigger guard.
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My 5 year old Express HD has a steel receiver and a metallic trigger guard.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 12:39:13 PM EDT
One more thing is the Express comes with one choke tube (modified) and the Wingmaster comes with all three (IC, mod, full).
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