View Full Version : comparing two versions of the Remington 870 Express

July 13, 2008, 01:36 PM
Long-time lurker, first-time poster.

Looking into getting my first shotgun for home defense. Reading a number of good threads on here, and have settled on the Remington 870 Express.

I'll leave the Mossberg vs. Remington debate for another thread, but had a newbie question about terminology. What do you call the difference between these two shotguns?



I know it must seem like a dumb newbie question, but have thoroughly reviewed shotgun terminology:

and I'm stumped.

Thanks in advance.

Shiner Bock
July 13, 2008, 01:49 PM
One has an extended magazine.

July 13, 2008, 02:03 PM
One is a riot version and the other is a sporting version.(in my eyes);)

July 13, 2008, 02:16 PM
Oh, duh! "Extended magazine." Looks like it adds an extra 2 shots, bringing total capacity to 7 shots.

Thanks for the help!

July 13, 2008, 06:41 PM
Get the one with the factory mag tube extension it is a better deal. It only cost about $30 more and the factory mag tube kit is worth about $80 if you decide to sale it. Also it doesn't have the mag tube dimples that have to drilled out to add a tube extension and it has the detent ball on the the barrel locking lug to keep a tube extension from loosening. The other uses a ratchet spring retainer with no detnet ball.


July 13, 2008, 08:42 PM
Without a doubt get the factory magazine tube extension (HD model). It's an all around better deal.

July 13, 2008, 09:19 PM
Nope, Get the regular one. If you want to hunt or go to the range with it down the line, You wont look silly and out of place. Plus the regular one is nicer looking without some ugly tube extension on it. Look at most older guns and you dont see that kind of stuff on them and they got by fine without it. Its all personal taste and mine is the one without the extension. I think 5 rounds of 00 buck should be enough to stop anything.(as long as you shoot well):D Or you could just stuff a bunch of mini shells in it.