870 Express with Wingmaster Barrel

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by StagArms, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. StagArms

    StagArms New Member

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    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 .
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    yes.....it will be fine
     

  3. astroman

    astroman Supporting Member Supporter

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    What are the differences?
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    only the finish
     
  5. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    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.
     
  6. StagArms

    StagArms New Member

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    What would happen if I put a slug barrel on a regular 870 (not wingmaster, express just a Remington 870) , would it shoot slugs?
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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.
     
  8. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  9. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    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.