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Old 02-08-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default 870 vs 870 super magnum

what exactly is the difference?

other than the fact the super magnum can shoot 3&1/2?
i also know the ejection port is slightly bigger...anything else?

are there different parts?
are the parts bigger?

anything?

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Old 02-09-2014, 12:20 AM   #2
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Super mag is a longer action to shoot 31/2 shells... that's all

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Regardless of the length of the shell you can only put so much pressure on a 12 ga barrel. The human body can only stand so much recoil. A full house 3" 12 ga load generates over 70 lb of recoil.

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what exactly is the difference?

other than the fact the super magnum can shoot 3&1/2?
i also know the ejection port is slightly bigger...anything else?

are there different parts?
are the parts bigger?

anything?

thanks!
They had to change the design a bit and this is covered in the owners manual which is available on line from Remington and probably numerous other sources. If you are feeling lazy, youtube probably has a few covering the differences but their validy is based on the skill base of the people.

The original Rem 870 platform is a proven design. Unless you are a heavy duck or goose hunter, I don't know why you would need a 3.5" 12 ga.
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An 870 kicks like a Shetland pony. An 870 super mag shooting 3.5's kicks like a Missouri mule on steroids.

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I can only say, for pheasant, for home defense, and for clays, Magnum shells are not needed.

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I can only say, for pheasant, for home defense, and for clays, Magnum shells are not needed.
Add deer, turkey, and bears to that list. Folks were dropping them with a 12 ga, 2.5 inch shell long before the 2.75 came around. If you spend a lot of time in duck and goose blinds, then maybe a 3.5 inch super mag might be warranted, but generally a 2.75 will get the job done.
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Add deer, turkey, and bears to that list. Folks were dropping them with a 12 ga, 2.5 inch shell long before the 2.75 came around. If you spend a lot of time in duck and goose blinds, then maybe a 3.5 inch super mag might be warranted, but generally a 2.75 will get the job done.
most modern shotguns are now chambered for a 3" shell. 2.75 and 3" will cover most people's needs in a shotgun. a 3.5" magnum shell might be used where a 10 ga. use to be used.
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I have a super mag 870 and I use the 3 1/2'' shells for turkey hunting and occasionally goose and duck. I have found out that I don't need 3 1/2'' shells most of the time because 2 3/4 and 3'' usually gets the job done just fine. I do use them and its fun to let other people shoot it and see their reactions. I bought some 3 1/2'' 00Buck and that stuff was brutal to shoot.

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i didnt want this thread to turn into whether or not one needs a 3&1/2" gun or not..

ill probably NEVER need a 3&1/2" but i bought the 870 super mag because i didnt want to be limited, it came in the waterfowl camo i wanted and i'll get a kick out of shooting the 3&1/2" shells...pun intended

so longer action?
bigger ejection port?
but the rest is the same?

i know the standard 870 is the "proven" system, but if those are the only differences than theoretically the super mag will be pretty darned reliable...

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