Tactical 16 Gauge

Tactical, combat, military, law enforcement and home defense use of a Remington 870 shotgun.
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Mad AR15
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Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by Mad AR15 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:33 am

Pulled my Dad's Remington 870 16 gauge out the closet where it's been for at least 25 years. Don't know how long my Dad had it. Could have been his Dad's don't know. Was in an old cloth type gun bag. It is in great condition. I will consider any advice other than wacking the barrel off and giving it away. Kinda thought about a tactical gun but that might not be possible. Never heard of a tactical 16 gauge with a 28.5" barrel. Did notice Federal has a new to me 16 gauge #1 buckshot, but really want a 12. Are 12 and 16 gauge barrels inter-changeable. will a 12 gauge 18.5" Rem 870 barrel fit. May the Guru Gods speak to me. Thank you

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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by BKinzey » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:43 pm

My advice is to leave the 16ga alone. They are worth a pretty penny as is. Better to pick up a 12ga and mod that.

Not sure what parts, if any, are interchangeable.

If you want an idea of it's age check this site:

http://oldguns.net/sn_php/remdates.htm

That will tell you when the barrel was made and most haven't had the barrel swapped. You can also call Remington with the serial number.

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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by gWebber » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:55 pm

I agree, while I’m no expert I’ve heard often the 16 ga is something to keep original due to its value.

A basic HD 870 is fairly cheap compared to swapping out nearly every part on a 50 year 16ga classic.

Admittedly it may take a bit of hunting to find one for sale right now, but they are out there

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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by Germansheperd » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:44 pm

Do whatever you like with it. Unless its a Browning Sweet Sixteen its virtually worthless. Its unfortunate because a 16ga Wingmaster is just perfect all the way around. Value wise? A 20ga Express sells for more and faster. Make a HD if you want to.

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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by Scorpion8 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:26 pm

Germansheperd wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:44 pm
Unless its a Browning Sweet Sixteen its virtually worthless. Its unfortunate because a 16ga Wingmaster is just perfect all the way around.
Those two statements contradict. The value of a 16-ga Wingmaster is much, much more than any HD you could build out of it.
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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by BKinzey » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:36 pm

Right now on Gunbroker there are 4 16ga Wingmasters, bidding is at $480, $505, and $750. The 4th one has a Buy Now price of $595. That averages out to a couple of hundred more than the average used 20ga 870.

I'd certainly look into what HD parts and accessories I would want and if they are available for the 16ga. It's hard enough to find things for a 20ga.

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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by Germansheperd » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:05 pm

I could care less what anybody asks on GB. Show me what they SOLD for if they sold. At gun shows and gun stores unless its a Browning Sweet Sixteen they are $200-$375 shotguns all day long.

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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by Germansheperd » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:06 pm

Scorpion8 wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:26 pm
Germansheperd wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:44 pm
Unless its a Browning Sweet Sixteen its virtually worthless. Its unfortunate because a 16ga Wingmaster is just perfect all the way around.
Those two statements contradict. The value of a 16-ga Wingmaster is much, much more than any HD you could build out of it.
I don’t understand that statement.

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Re: Tactical 16 Gauge

Post by BKinzey » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:58 pm

If you want to know the price something sold for on Gunbroker then AFAIK you'll need to create a watchlist because once the listing ends it's removed from the current listings and will no longer come up in a search.

What one can do though is look at what has been bid on to get a better idea on what people are willing to pay. Again, on Gunbroker, the two 16ga 870s that have bids on them are sitting at $601 and $750.

That's my limited experience with the 870 16ga. Of course, somebody else's driving conditions and milage may vary. :!:

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