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June 15, 2012, 03:56 PM
What is the proper mag extension to get for this gun?

Remington 870 Express Synthetic 18"


It's the "non-glare matte finish", but I don't see mag extensions listed as that.

I seem to only find parkerized and blued and I believe the police models are parkerized while this is a cheaper dull black finish.

June 15, 2012, 04:37 PM
for 18" you want the +2. as far as finish goes it just depends on your preference.

June 15, 2012, 05:02 PM
To borrow an exclamation often used by Zippy, "Yikes!"

I just looked on the Remington County Store and they want $84.95 for a "Remington Model 870 18" Magazine Extension Kit (+2Rd, Parkerized) (19420)" http://www.shopremingtoncountry.com/Remington-Model-Magazine-Extension-Parkerized/dp/B003OCBIFM?ie=UTF8&id=Remington%20Model%20Magazine%20Extension%20Parkerized&field_product_site_launch_date_utc=-1y&field_availability=-1&field_browse=4601818011&searchSize=12&searchNodeID=4601818011&searchPage=1&class=quickView&refinementHistory=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Csize_name%2Cgeneric_text_3-bin%2Ccolor_map%2Cgeneric_text_1-bin%2Cgeneric_text_2-bin%2Cgeneric_number_1%2Cgeneric_number_2&searchRank=salesrank

People say that the Express is not Parkerized but a kind of blued finish, but that is what it looks like imo. I just took a close look at the 870 I bought that came with the 2 round extension and it is hard to say whether the extension is or is not the same finish as the rest of the gun. (I do know that the model I purchased is the same one a guy with a police armory business likes to buy for the one's he builds for police agencies. He takes the new weapon and then parkerizes it to get a better finish that even Remington's parkerized guns.

Too answer your question, if you get the extension from Remington, of the two get the model listed above.

Save yourself $45 and get this on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Remington-870-870P-Factory-OEM-Magazine-Extension-Rare-Parkerized-New-/180895402080?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1e34c860

June 15, 2012, 05:12 PM
If you get the one on ebay, pay an additonal $9.95 for the extended Wolf Spring. (If you buy from Remington it comes with a longer spring which is needed for an extended mag. Wolf springs are supposed to be better, anyway.)

June 15, 2012, 05:34 PM
Might be better financially to leave it as is and buy some ammo and practice - if you really need more than the normal rounds, you might want to look at a rifle, even a nice M-1 carbine

June 15, 2012, 05:43 PM
Have thought of just leaving it as is...I'm sure we would all be a lot better off to do nothing at all to or with our guns. :)

June 15, 2012, 05:44 PM
Just odd as it seems to be an in between finish. Will keep examining the ultranet.

June 15, 2012, 07:32 PM
The "correct" finish for a standard Express would be the standard satin blue.
The Express has a bead blasted blue finish that's a dull flat black color.

The other finish available is parkerized, which is a medium gray color that doesn't match the bead blasted blue finish used on the Express.

The blued extension will be slightly shinier than the Express finish, while the parkerized will be as dull and flat as the gun, but the color will be off.

June 15, 2012, 08:34 PM
Thanks, Dfariswheel.

These guns also come with the extension installed (that finish should match), where could I find the factory installed extension?

June 15, 2012, 10:26 PM
I would call Remington and find out what matches the express. I wonder if they coat one just for the express but for some reason don't market it by itself? The one that came with my 7 shot model sure looks like the same finish as the barrel and receiver.

June 16, 2012, 12:16 AM
I would call Remington

In the age of interwebs...this is a great idea. Sometimes the old way is better.

June 16, 2012, 07:59 AM
The Remington tube matches the Express I put it on. Keep in mind the Remington kit comes with a much better clamp than you'll get with a Tac Star or Choate. That makes them a little more valuable IMO.
I see alot of Nordic tubes at 3 gun matches. The look to be very well made and have a teflon coated aluminum follower. If I buy another, thats what it will be.

June 16, 2012, 11:45 AM
LSnSC makes a good point. For gun value, aren't you better off with a factory part that matches than an aftermarket one that stands out like a redheaded step-child?

June 16, 2012, 01:12 PM
LSnSC which one are you refering to?

June 16, 2012, 02:05 PM
I have a Remington plus 3 tube on my 870 express. It and the gun have the same matte finish.

June 16, 2012, 06:20 PM
Sorry, I totally forgot about the Express defense guns that have the factory extension.

The POLICE extensions come in a satin blue (sometimes described as a sulfate finish) or a parkerized finish.
The Express defense gun comes with what appears to be the same bead blasted blue finish the gun has.

To get an Express extension, contact Remington. They have an excellent customer support system.

June 17, 2012, 09:52 PM
My express was a standard field combo gun, 28" vent rib and a 21" rifled slug barrel. I added a turkey barrel and an extension. They all have the same matte finish.
Remington extension tubes come either blued or parkerized.

June 17, 2012, 10:13 PM
Think I'm just going to keep it lighter in weight and simpler with the 4 shot tube. Should be better handling too.

Thanks all. I still might call Remington out of curiosity and in case I want to add an extension down the road.