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StagArms 12-10-2012 12:25 PM

870 Express with Wingmaster Barrel
Can I change the barrel on my 870 express to a wingmaster barrel ? I have a opportunity to get a used wingmaster barrel and wanna see if that's a good Choice .

hiwall 12-10-2012 12:47 PM will be fine

astroman 12-10-2012 01:24 PM

What are the differences?

hiwall 12-10-2012 03:05 PM

only the finish

Virginian 12-10-2012 03:52 PM

Well, make sure it is chambered for 3", because a lot of early Wingmasters were not. It will be lighter in the same length, and the top of the rib - if it is ribbed - will have anti glare finish as opposed to the same finish as the rest of the Express. And several million of them were made before RemChokes came on the scene.

StagArms 12-11-2012 01:31 PM

What would happen if I put a slug barrel on a regular 870 (not wingmaster, express just a Remington 870) , would it shoot slugs?

robocop10mm 12-11-2012 01:49 PM

870 12 ga barrels interchange. Only the 20 ga's have interchageability issues. There are several versions of 20 ga's that use very specific barrels.

hiwall 12-11-2012 05:08 PM

You can shoot slugs thru any Rem barrel(slug barrel or not). Most would certainly shoot better using a slug barrel. Virginian is correct about some of the early 870 barrels being 2-3/4" only. Rumor has it that at some point Remington changed to chambering all 870 barrels to 3" but marked some 2-3/4" when sold with a non-magnum gun. I never bothered to verify this rumor.
Also Rem did make the Special Field in 12 gauge which took a special barrel.

Virginian 12-12-2012 10:58 AM

Be advised that most of the "just regular 870s" that do not say Wingmaster and have a flat finish are Expresses without the name rollmarked on them.

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