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Remington 870 Express or Marine?

Discussion in 'Guns & Shooting' started by night, Apr 14, 2019 at 11:48 AM.

  1. night

    night Undocumented PhD

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    Is the finish on the Express model so bad that I might as well get the Marine model? I keep seeing nothing but bad reviews on the rust issue and the cost to have it refinished is close to the price difference between the two models.
     



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    I've had an 870 express for about 16 or 17 years and yes, there is a little rust on it, but I chalk that up to my negligence. I didn't keep it clean like I should have and even left it outside one night. It is very minor though. I don't have a problem with it. Give me a sec and I'll see if I can get a good pic of it.
     
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    Hmmm, that's roughly around the time most people from my research said the quality dropped off (around 2000). I'm kind of hoping you're right that it's not a big deal and the people who had a bad experience are more likely to chirp about it. I'd like to be able to get an Express and modify it quite a bit for the lower price tag if I can. If I went with the Marine I'd probably just upgrade the stock, trigger, and add a sidesaddle. If I went with the Express I'd probably be inclined to take it a bit further over time.
     
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    Another alternative I've come up with is finding a cheap used 870 Police model and sending it into Wilson Combat for their Remington Steal upgrade.
     
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    I have owned many Remington long guns in my life. The Express is a nice "entry level" model. But with any model, you gotta take care of them. I was always a big fan of the Wingmaster models
     
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    Do you know if the Wingmasters are parkerized?
     
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    I don't believe so. It looks like only the police & Express models are but I could be wrong on that
     
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    I had a Rem 870 for years, never any problems, no rust issues at all. Gave the gun to my brother about 6 years ago, he has not had any issues with it.
     
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    I still have a set of 870 shotguns in the Wingmaster class. I am partial but I think they are great shotguns. I also had a .308 rifle pump action. I sold it about a year ago
     
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    Have a 870 and 1100 that have had for years with no problem.

    As long as you don't store in salt water you should be good. I would only get the marine if you like the looks better.
     
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    I'm kind of leaning towards a cheap used Police model and sending it in here:

    Shotgun Customization - Wilson Combat

    That will give me the upgraded internal parts of a Police, the treated metal, and a better overall gun than a basic new one.
     
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    Have never shot one but the articles I have read spoke highly of the mods. Out of curiosity do they charge for that? At work the IP nannies won't let me see it.

    My 1100 is a skeet grade model. Excellent wood and finishing. I was lucky enough to pick up at a pawn shop that did not know what they had a few years ago for $150.
     
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    Just the basic upgrade is $230 + shipping costs.
     
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    Not bad.
     
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    I bought a mount many years ago and mounted the 870 under the barrel of an AR-15. short barrel and extended tube , you could put 6 or 7 12 Ga buckshot in it. quite impressive, but quite heavy and clumsy
     
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    You also may choose to pimp-out your shotgun with a durable Cerakote protective coating.


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    I think the Cerakote is interesting and I might do it to my pistol after I put a red dot on it.
     
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    For a little more than a new express, look into a used Wingmaster. I picked up a like-new 1956 Wingmaster and it is a perfect shotgun. I know of a very nice used Wingmaster that I'm lusting after, but its in 16 guage so that is holding me back.
     
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    Get the Super Mag Turkey Predator with scope.
     
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    Too late unfortunately. I bought a used police model off of GunBroker and I will be picking it up from the FFL next week. I will be sending it into Wilson Combat soonish to have it refurbished once I work out exactly what I want. I'm pretty settled on a new sidesaddle, 2 round extended tube, and a ghost ring sight set. I may get the Armor Tuff coating but I'm kind of undecided about that right now.