Originally Posted by DavidTurley
I know underfire doesnt think so but he is a remington fan so I wouldnt expect him to admit it
A comment like this in your Op and you're not trying to start a fight, huh?
You're going to make a lot of friends here.
Back on topic...
I noticed you didn't include any facts in your comparison, only personal opinion. You being a Nova fanboy I wouldn't expect you to.
The 887 Nitro is a modernized 870- same platform. So in order to compare the Nova to the 887 Nitro we have to compare the Nova to the 870 platform.
1. Nova's trigger group design is the same as the 870's
. The slide release is in the same general location just on the opposite side as a 870
2. The safety design ( Cross-Bolt) same as a 870
. The safety is also in the general location as a 870
. Instead of the safety button at the rear of the trigger guard (870) it's on the front (Nova).
3. Nova's detached trigger assy. group; consisting of hammer, trigger, disconnector, action release lever, steel shell carrier contained in one piece is the same design as a 870's
4. Nova's rotating bolt head with two locking lugs that engage locking recesses in the steel barrel extensions- basically a locking bolt.
Locking the bolt to the barrel extension is a common design in modern shotguns THANKS TO THE REMINGTON 870
5. Nova's barrel removes the same as a 870
. Break-down very similar to the 870
6. Nova's fore-end has a similar design to the 870
including the fingering channel.
7. Nova has a barrel rib like the 870
8. Nova has side ejection port like the 870
9. Nova loads from the bottom like the 870
10. Nova's stock design resembles an 870
11. Nova has removable "screw-in" choke tubes like the 870
Now for Nova's "superior" differences
1. The Red Log front sight
2. Grooves instead of checkering
3. Tool molded on the end of the magazine cap designed to push pins
through the receiver making trigger assy. removal easier.
4. Button in the middle of the Fore-End that when used retains the shells in the magazine tube as the action is opened. Basically a magazine cut-off that Browning has had for many years
5. Modern look making it cosmetically appealing.
6. One piece stock & receiver- which is a mistake in my opinion because you can't change out the stock if it gets damaged OR if you decide to have a collapsible stock.
For the above reasons is why Remington is not
making the 887 Nitro like the Nova. Actually the Nova (like the 887 Nitro) is just a modernized 870.
So who's copying who?