Remington 870 & 870 Wingmaster articles

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Remington 870 & 870 Wingmaster articles

Post by Sidney » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:47 am

After purchasing my first 12 gauge Remington 870 Wingmaster (made in October, 1978) 2-3/4" chamber, 30" plain barrel with full choke and "fleur de lis" wood furniture set I decided to do as much research about these popular guns as I was new to them. So I compiled a list of websites below that may help people learn more about these shotguns. If anyone has any more links or info to add please do so and I think this should be a sticky, lol, :D

www.fieldandstream.com/50-best-guns-eve ... 16#page-10
www.theshotgunguide.blogspot.ca/2013/08 ... ngton.html
www.range365.com/gun-week-remington-mod ... ife#page-2
www.smith-wessonforum.com/attachment.ph ... 1337528946
www.americanrifleman.org
www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2016/ ... 70-shotgun
www.remingtonsociety.com/rsa/journals/870
www.remingtonsociety.org/collecting-870-shotguns
www.guns.com/2013/08/26/the-remington-8 ... ears-young
www.guns.wikia.com/wiki/Remington_870
www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detai ... arms_id=38
www.fourten.org.uk/wingmaster.pdf
www.wikiwand.com/en/Remington_Model_870
www.howlingpixel.com/wiki/Remington_Model_870
www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/09/rober ... nd-present
www.randywakeman.com/ReviewRemington870 ... 0Gauge.htm
https://calibremag.ca/remington-870-vs- ... -model-12/
http://books.google.ca/books?id=1SkDAAA ... da&f=false
https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publica ... 875976b/51
https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publica ... 875976b/53

Also around 1986 or 1987 all Remington 870 Wingmasters became 3" chamber ("Magnum") and all had a new screw in Remchoke chokes instead of the fixed choke of the old system. Remington also introduced the Express in 1987 and and Express Super Magnum in 1998. In 2007 Remington was sold to Freedom Group and thereafter their quality deteriorated as it's about "capital" (money and not quality):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_Outdoor_Company

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Re: Remington 870 & 870 Wingmaster articles

Post by BurstBarrel » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:40 pm

Sidney, Thank you very much for the 870 articles!!
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Re: Remington 870 & 870 Wingmaster articles

Post by John A. » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:23 pm

I just wanted to mention that my 1989 870 had a fixed cylinder barrel.
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Re: Remington 870 & 870 Wingmaster articles

Post by Sidney » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:29 pm

BurstBarrel wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:40 pm
Sidney, Thank you very much for the 870 articles!!
Any time. :)

John A. wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:23 pm
I just wanted to mention that my 1989 870 had a fixed cylinder barrel.
That's odd as this link (& people on discussion sites) thought in 1986 they stopped making fixed choke barrels for 870 Wingmaster and Express:

https://www.remingtonsociety.org/collec ... -shotguns/

"1986

Remington re-styled the Model 870 Wingmaster with a Bradley-type ivory bead front sight, and raised diamond style, cut-checkering on the satin finished walnut stock and fore-end. In 1986, Remington introduced the new RemChoke system (with interchangeable improved cylinder, modified and full chokes) which became standard on 26-inch and 28-inch barrels. It was not available on 30" barrels, deer guns, target guns or as a retrofit. This patented device allowed the shooter to use a wrench to change the shotgun to full, modified or improved cylinder chokes. Remington also added the 12 gauge Model 870 SP Special Purpose Deer Gun to the Deer Gun line."




I thought it was for all barrel lengths for shooting "shot" ammo but I guess not all 30" barrels which apparently most Wingmasters were.

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Re: Remington 870 & 870 Wingmaster articles

Post by John A. » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:33 pm

Odd or not, I threaded the barrel myself to accept screw in chokes.

Mainly due to the fact that when I checked the old barrel, I found that the muzzle was heavily worn and was actually a NEGATIVE choke rather than the cylinder bore the barrel was marked for.

It was the original 20" barrel to the gun. Remington confirmed that when I was checking the serial number info on the phone with them by the date code that was on the barrel was in fact a December 89 code.

I admit that I threaded it to Mossberg/Winchester/weatherby style chokes due to being less expensive and easy to find.

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Re: Remington 870 & 870 Wingmaster articles

Post by Synchronizor » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:08 am

Sidney wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:29 pm
That's odd as this link (& people on discussion sites) thought in 1986 they stopped making fixed choke barrels for 870 Wingmaster and Express:
Remington didn't switch 100% to screw-in chokes all at once. There was a transition period where it was more of a premium feature, and it took awhile to become a standard thing on all models. Even then, Remington kept fixed chokes on some models - they're still the norm on most Police barrels to this day.

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