View Full Version : Remington 870 for $189

December 21, 2006, 12:53 AM
A local sports store is offering a new Remington 870 Express shotgun for $189. I'd be grateful to hear what our resident shotgun experts think about it. Thanks.

December 21, 2006, 03:45 AM
I am no expert, but I have considerable experience with Remington 870's. My take is that it is a no nonsense, virtually indestructable, will handle just about any type of ammunition tool. For $189.00 I doubt that you can do any better. I found the same deal, and have been considering getting a third 870 just because the price is too good to pass up. BTW, I have an 870 Wingmaster in 20 ga. that I use for hunting and an 870 Express with Knoxx Spec Ops stock, 20" rifle sighted barrel and sling. The third 870 would be kept around the house with the 18" barrel that I removed from the original express, and changed to the 24" barrel with choke tubes for hunting. Changing out the barrels is about a 3 minute job. Another plus is that just about anything you can think of in the way of accessories is available for the 870.

Dave McC
December 21, 2006, 08:44 AM
Get at least one. Your great grandchildren will thank you.

870s are nigh immortal. I have one made in 1950 I haven't worn out yet. Another here dates from 55. Just getting broke in good. Total of six here.

870s do not breed but they do tend to multiply. Enjoy.....

December 21, 2006, 09:03 AM
The Academy Sports chain here in Houston has the 870 on sale for $189. That price includes the $30 Remington rebate.

I have an 870 and love it. You can beat the hell out of it and it will still perform just fine.

December 21, 2006, 09:06 AM
The express is not as well finished as the wingmaster, but is still a reliable workhorse. FOr $189, that is an outstanding price. I would buy one for that in a heartbeat.

December 21, 2006, 01:52 PM
How does the Remington 870 compare with the Browning BPS?

December 21, 2006, 02:02 PM
I had a chance to get an 870 for $189.00 and there was no rebate to mess with. Its at my house right now :D

December 21, 2006, 03:28 PM
When you compare the remington 870 and browning bps...are you talking a wingmaster remington or express. The wingmaster and BPS are comparable in terms of qulaity. The browning is a little more complex and has bottom eject. The wingmaster is an easier design to work on and has a ton of aftermarket parts. I have one of each and use wingmaster mostly for hunting and the BPS for trap and misc. clay shoots (It patterns a little better for that). Anyway, the BPS will be finished much better than the express, although with a wingmaster it is 6 to one, half a dozen the other.

December 21, 2006, 04:16 PM
What Servo77 said.

December 21, 2006, 08:46 PM
The rem 870 express is a "low end" shotgun - not to be confused with the legendary Rem 870 Wingmaster. The 870 express is equivalent with the lower end pumps from Mossberg, etc.

The Browning BPS is a much higher grade shotgun - and retails for about
$ 450 usually although list is about $ 525 I think on the BPS.

In terms of durability I would rank the BPS right up there with the old Wingmaster 870's. It's a very nice pump gun. Remember some of the cost is in the components - the quality of the receiver, the steel in the bolt, firing pin - stuff you can't really see. It's not just the type of wood / finish that determines the cost.

Benelli also makes some very good shotguns - both pumps and semi-autos.

December 21, 2006, 08:59 PM
The 870 express is not the equivilent of a Mossberg, It's in some regard betteras it's an 870 that has had a (fair) number of comprimises made to meet a price point. That said it's a reliable, strong design with a steel reciver that if one wanted to could easily be made into a wingmaster or whatever with a few parts and some work.

That can not be said of other "value" priced shotguns which are also none the less respectable in their own right but do not have as much "down the road" potential as an 870.

December 21, 2006, 09:18 PM
I already have a 870 and if i passed one in a store for 189 i would have 2 870's