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Old June 30, 2005, 04:37 PM   #1
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What's the Difference in a Remington Express and a Special Purpose?

What is the difference in the Remington 870 and 11-87 "Express" shotguns and the "Special Purpose Magnum" or "SPS" shotguns?

I know what the Express models are, being a budget model, but are the "Special Purpose" models any different?

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Old June 30, 2005, 05:48 PM   #2
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Two beads, a higher quality synthetic stock, and sling swivels on the SPS off the top of my head. I also think the SPS uses a different surface finish on the metal, an express is a rust magnet yet the SPS seems very rust resistant.
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Old June 30, 2005, 10:53 PM   #3
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My favorite 870 is a special purpose magnum I got in 1988, it has a true parkerized finish and aluminum alloy trigger assembly. Came with two barrels 20" (Rifle sight) and 28"...both with remchoke. Best shotgun I have ever had.

Pretty sure the express models all have plastic trigger assembly's and a beadblasted texture with some sort of oxide finish.

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