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Old 08-12-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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I am considering buying a Remmington 870 (20gage) for Pheasant and Grouse. I love the Wingmaster, but for me its less about "looks" and more about performing in the field. I know a lot of people like the O/U's and I still am considering that myself, but wanted to hear from you who hunt with the 870 Express. How does it perform in the field? Happy with it? Etc.?

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Old 08-12-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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I've never shot the 20 ga. but I have a 12 ga. that's put down a lot of turkeys and knocked an uncountable number of squirrels out of trees. Out of all of my shotguns guns, that’s my first choice for hunting.

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One of my first guns was a 870 express in 20 gauge.

It works great and is reliable. 20 should be plenty enough for pheasants and grouse.

The part I like about mine the most is that it wouldnt break my heart if it got a scratch or a dent in the field.

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20 guage is my favorite shotgun guage. I have been hunting ruffled grouse with this caliber for the last 20 years. I do not have or have shot a 870, but I do use a tri-star 20 guage. Price was very reasonable (just under $300 @fleet farm) and after the initial break in, it shoots flawless. It kicks no more than a single action 410. Last year I got off three shots with three grouse at 30 yards. 20 guage is a perfect caliber for grouse. I reserve my 12 for ducks and geese.

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You will be hard-pressed to find a better shotgun at that price. 20 ga. is also awesome for whitetails.

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I have a couple 870 Express' one 12 Mag and a 16 gauge. Both are fine guns. The 870 Exp. is one of the best buy's in shotguns. Just keep in mind that it's not a Wingmaster and will probably need to be shot more or polished up a bit before it will be as slick as a nice Wingmaster. But it will get there.

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Thanks all! Does the Wingmaster have better components? I know it has a nicer stock/wood, but in terms of the parts that function the gun.....are they all that different? As I said aesthetics I don't care about.....functionality and reliability in the field I do care about.

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Thanks all! Does the Wingmaster have better components? I know it has a nicer stock/wood, but in terms of the parts that function the gun.....are they all that different? As I said aesthetics I don't care about.....functionality and reliability in the field I do care about.
All the same parts--some of the internals may be polished up a little more, but they come from the same parts bin. You can't go wrong! As mentioned before, it will slick up the more you shoot it.
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I've used an 87 Express a lot in the field, and I'm really happy with it. It might not have the exquisite finish of an old Wingmaster, but it works great.

I've used mine (12ga) for small game as well as deer and boar. It's one of the best investments I've ever made in a gun.

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Thanks all! Does the Wingmaster have better components? I know it has a nicer stock/wood, but in terms of the parts that function the gun.....are they all that different? As I said aesthetics I don't care about.....functionality and reliability in the field I do care about.
You CAN make the 870 look really pretty

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