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ruger357
November 6, 2000, 06:33 AM
Picked up a 870 Wingmaster for $175.00. The finish is 98% and the wood is 100%. The gun is around 20 to 25 years old. Can I use current Remington barrels on tis gun?

Dave McC
November 6, 2000, 07:10 AM
Congrats, and yes, the newer bbls will work. With the exception of the LW Field bbls, all 870 bbls are interchangeable within gauge.

You've a classic there, take care of it and it will take care of your great grandchildren...

ruger357
November 6, 2000, 10:31 AM
Thanks Dave.

ruger357
November 6, 2000, 02:23 PM
Called Remington with the serial number. The gun was manufactured in 1972.

Dave McC
November 6, 2000, 06:58 PM
The 870s here run from early 50s to mid 90s, and all work fine.The oldest seems smoothest, but I think it's work polishing rather than better workmanship. Bet yours is smooth also.

One small thing, check and see if the bbl is marked for 2 3/4 shells only, or for either those or 3 inch. Don't use 3" shells in a short chambered bbl, it's not good for either you or the shotgun...

ruger357
November 7, 2000, 06:30 AM
Dave,
It is smooth and yes the barrel is 2 3/4.

Dave McC
November 7, 2000, 08:58 AM
Small loss, the only 3 inch shells in use here are steel.Unless you've some serious waterfowling plans for that classic, leave it like that.Enjoy!!

shooter.45
November 7, 2000, 10:45 AM
Not a bad gun Ruger357. :D You should have bought a winchester..

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K80Geoff
November 7, 2000, 01:38 PM
Geez! A wingmaster for $175. Good deal! Mine cost twice that. Some people are just lucky :)

You have a classic, enjoy it.

Geoff Ross

JNewell
November 8, 2000, 07:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> With the exception of the LW Field bbls, all 870 bbls are interchangeable within gauge[/quote]

Dave, I might have asked this before (if so, early senility has set in) -- why aren't the LW barrels usable on the earlier receivers? Do you know at what point this changes and/or how you can tell when looking at an 870?

Thanks!

Dave McC
November 8, 2000, 09:07 PM
I might be the one that's senile early. The model with the non interchangeable bbls was the Special Field models put out with a straight grip, a 21" Remchoke vent rib bbl and a 3 shot capacity.Nice idea, but it didn't sell all that well. WHY the bbls couldn't switch is unknown to me.

The Special Field models and bbls are marked appropriately.

The Light Contour bbls, dubbed Light Weight in an early press release,are interchangeable with standard 870s.

Sorry about the mixup...

JNewell
November 8, 2000, 09:17 PM
Gotcha. Thanks!

John