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August 13, 2009, 11:09 AM
Is there such a things as a 3 1/2" wingmaster? I have looked and looked and cant find any information on one other than in a "gun values" book that I have. Do they still make these? Did they ever make them? Were they decent guns?
To me it sounds like the ultimate pump gun......
August 13, 2009, 11:59 AM
870 Express Super Mag
August 13, 2009, 12:37 PM
Yes, it was sold in the 2000s.
They function just like any other Wingmaster, but they are capable of handling 3 1/2" shells.
You can still find them online. Maybe someone on in the forum has one for sale.
They run $500+ for a new one (not including tax, shipping, transfer fee, etc.).
August 13, 2009, 12:52 PM
I don't think the "870 Wingmaster" specific model was ever offered in a
3 1/2" chamber - although there were many versions of the 870 that were made in 3 1/2", I'm not confident they ever carried the "Wingmaster" name.
The Wingmaster, even today, is available in a 12ga 2 3/4" or 3" chamber - as well as 20, 28ga and .410 ( and I know in the past they offered some 16ga as well ) - and they offer it in "Trap" versions, etc.
But I'm not an expert on the Wingmaster model either.
August 13, 2009, 01:09 PM
The Wingmaster, even today, is available in a 12ga 2 3/4" or 3" chamber - as well as 20, 28ga and .410 ( and I know in the past they offered some 16ga as well )
I have a 16ga Wingmaster that the widow of a friend of mine gave me. The only thing I don't like about it is you can't get 16ga shells form Wal-Mart or Dick's etc. You have to go some other place and pay outrageous prices for them. Other than that is it a beautoiful cross between the 12 and 20 ga.
August 13, 2009, 01:14 PM
Balistically today - its easy to make a 12ga - perform like a 16ga ( with 1 oz loads ) or even a 20ga ( with 7/8 oz loads) - and there are a lot of them available commercially.
But since you have a 16ga / the only real way to shoot it affordably is to get into reloading. I have a couple of 16ga's but I just don't shoot them too much / and there are no competitions in 16ga ( just 12, 20, 28ga and .410 )... so the 16ga kind of gets left out these days.
August 13, 2009, 01:35 PM
Don't know if they ever produced many, or any, but there was one in the catalog a few years back. I have never actually seen one. I know Ruger has been known to catalog guns they never made.
August 13, 2009, 03:52 PM
Sorry. I realized the link I directed you to in my previous post shows ALL the remington 870s.
The 3 1/2" Wingmaster you're referring to is called 870 Wingmaster Super Magnum.
You can try contacting Remington, they might have some left overs.
August 13, 2009, 04:51 PM
Good info, Hank - thanks.
Just from my perspective - I've never had a reason to really need a gun chambered in 3 1/2". There are plenty of ammo choices - even for Ducks and Geese - where you can do just fine with a 3" chamber.
Not that everyone shouldn't buy exactly what they want - I'm just saying a gun with a 3" chamber ( for bird hunting or waterfowl ) is plenty. I hunt big game with a rifle - so maybe that's a factor ......but I don't think so.
August 13, 2009, 08:30 PM
BigJimp is correct.
Many slugs designed for mid sized games are 2 3/4". For example, the Winchester XP3 has a muzzle velocity of 2000fps, and it's only a 2 3/4".
Remington also makes specialized game loads in 2 3/4" and 3".
If you really want a 3 1/2", but with the Wingmaster look, you can always refinish the gun.
In fact, you can buy an Express Super Magnum model, make it look better than a Wingmaster, and be able to shoot 3 1/2" shells.
August 14, 2009, 01:41 PM
Yes they did make them, I have one with a 30 inch rem-choked barrel. Absolute gorgeous gun, a guy I deer hunt with has one with a slug barrel on it as well. When they first came out there were just over $900 here in Canada. I got mine used from a guy who was like 5'5 115 lbs, don't think he liked the recoil of them big shells in it!! :p
August 14, 2009, 09:47 PM
The 870 Express Super Mag, 3.5" chamber, is in the 2009 Remington catalog.
August 14, 2009, 10:13 PM
My walmart sells standard bird loads in 16...
August 18, 2009, 05:11 PM
I bought a Remington 870 Super Mag. with a synthetic stock for ducks and geese because it was cheap and I knew wouldn't feel so bad if I accidently dropped it in the river. It is pretty light weight. I don't seem to notice the recoil when shooting at geese wearing several layers of clothes. However, I only patterned it with 3-1/2 shells once wearing a tee shirt. The recoil was something I don't ever want to experience again!
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