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Old 10-22-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
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Ok so i got a gift of a 1998 wingmaster 12G witha 2/34 chamber barrel. I would like to shoot 3 shells for geese. So I know I need to get a new barrel but can a gunsmith move the ejector to accommodate the larger 3inch shell or is it a lot more complicated than that.

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Old 10-22-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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Lot more complicated. Just go buy a new gun...

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Old 10-22-2009, 08:36 PM   #3
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For what you'd have to pay for the new barrel plus the gunsmithing you can probably get a new 870 with a 3" chamber. I don't know the mechanical complications involved, but it just seems a lot easier to get another gun.

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some might know more than me on the subject, but i was under the impression that there were only two types of recievers in the rem 870 shotguns. the "magnum" receiver that can take up to 3 1/2 and the regular that can take 2 3/4 to 3 inch so long as you have a barrel chambered for 3 inchers.

my 870 express barrel is chambered for 2 3/4 and 3 in. both cycle through the receiver just fine.(i have shot tons of both.)

i can see needing a new barrel, but does the receiver need to be worked on?

unless the wingmaster has a special receiver that only fits 2 3/4(?), i wouldn't think any alterations to that part are necessary. but again, i am not an expert. i just know that all the 870's i've seen, the standard receiver takes the 3 inch shells. it's just a matter of what your barrel is chambered for.

but, you know, instead of throwing down a bunch of cash to fix a gun you got as a gift, you could always just stick to the 2 3/4 inch shells. considering the variety of types of 12 gauge ammo, i'm sure you can find one to suit your goose hunting needs, and a lot cheaper than replacement barrels and/or gunsmithing.

just my .02.

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I am sure Remington had stopped making 2-3/4" 870s by 1998. What's your serial number? A lot of 870s made even back when they were making the 2-3/4" model guns had 3" ejectors. Need to determine what you have before deciding what you need to do. One can lengthen the chamber, grind back the notch, and replace only the ejector spring and convert a 2-3/4" gun to 3" relatively inexpensively - less than a new barrel. I believe gunsmith Mike Orlen for one can do it.

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Old 10-23-2009, 12:03 AM   #6
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[I][[I]QUOTE=Virginian;176578]I am sure Remington had stopped making 2-3/4" 870s by 1998. What's your serial number? A lot of 870s made even back when they were making the 2-3/4" model guns had 3" ejectors. Need to determine what you have before deciding what you need to do. One can lengthen the chamber, grind back the notch, and replace only the ejector spring and convert a 2-3/4" gun to 3" relatively inexpensively - less than a new barrel. I believe gunsmith Mike Orlen for one can do it.[/QUOTE]


If what you say is true that would great. the serial number is S894487V. Can you date it from that?

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I didn't think it was a '98. It is a 2-3/4" gun all right, probably made about 1972 or 1973. The 'S' prefix started in 1968, and 'T' began in 1974. 'V' means 2-3/4" 12 gauge. It is a very good gun. I have a 1976, and have had 4 others from 1968 to 1978. You probably will need to have the chamber lengthened and the ejector & spring changed. If you know someone with a 3" Magnum model or an Express (they are all 3") compare your ejector and spring with theirs to see if you would need to change those. The rivets are the same but the lip on the ejector and the angle on the spring are 1/4" further back on the 3".

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I didn't think it was a '98. It is a 2-3/4" gun all right, probably made about 1972 or 1973. The 'S' prefix started in 1968, and 'T' began in 1974. 'V' means 2-3/4" 12 gauge. It is a very good gun. I have a 1976, and have had 4 others from 1968 to 1978. You probably will need to have the chamber lengthened and the ejector & spring changed. If you know someone with a 3" Magnum model or an Express (they are all 3") compare your ejector and spring with theirs to see if you would need to change those. The rivets are the same but the lip on the ejector and the angle on the spring are 1/4" further back on the 3".


Thanks Virginian. Since it is that old Im going to leave it as is. Its a piece of rem history and I like that. My first 870 was new back in 86 and I think the quality of the older 870s were better then compared to the newer ones. Thanks again.
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