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Old June 19, 2021, 07:37 AM   #1
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870 Wingmaster

I've currently got a bid in on a 1970's vintage Wingmaster. I just looked in the safe and realized this will be my 4th 870. Currently have another Wingmaster of about the same vintage, a youth model 20 gauge that was my very first when I was around 11 or 12 that saw weekly use at the skeet range for 10 years and another 20 gauge lightweight special field that I got when my daughter was born (it will be her first shotgun). I've got a Beretta A400 that I use for Trap, but maybe it is because it was the first shotgun I ever owned, I always look for used 870s.

I also just realized that I'll have 9 twelve gauge barrels if I win this auction. Variety is the spice of life....
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Old June 19, 2021, 07:48 AM   #2
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one of my favorite small game shotguns is a 20 ga 870 remington 2-3/4" early light weight with two barrels, along with a browning 20 ga upland special.
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Old July 7, 2021, 09:27 AM   #3
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You are never wrong with an 870. Old Wingmaster will last you forever.

Quick scan
12 Ga Riot 2 3/4, next magazine
12 Ga Mag
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20 Ga

Started son on a 20ga Magnum, cut barrel to 23" and threaded for choke tubes; switched buttstock for shorter stock, when he was 9. Had full size buttstock for when he grew.

Same 870 is now teaching 4th grandson.
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Old July 8, 2021, 09:25 PM   #4
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Loved my old Wingmaster, never should have sold it.
I bought it used, had adjustable stock on it, set it up for me, and shot trap, 250 rounds, about 40 Thursdays a year, for over 5 years, plus skeet, sporting clays, turkey shoots, and hunting. I put over 50,000 shells thru that gun and it never failed, never broke, never needed parts.
I never should have sold it.
I hated the safety location and the bolt release. I bought a Mossberg 500 after I moved, thinking it was an improvement, but the thing shoulders differently, unnaturally, and I can't hit a damn thing with the Mossy.
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Old July 8, 2021, 09:34 PM   #5
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Sold my 12g Wingmaster when I needed the money and then couldn't afford to replace it, so bought an 870 Express instead. That was 30 years ago and I still want the Wingmaster back.
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Old July 9, 2021, 07:43 AM   #6
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I predict that the classic American pump shotguns (Wingmaster, Ithaca Model 30, and Mossberg 500) will soon be as sought after as the fine American double barrels.
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Old July 9, 2021, 12:37 PM   #7
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first 870 was a 34" trap vr. sold it when I transferred states while in the navy.
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Old July 9, 2021, 01:03 PM   #8
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I bought a Rem 870 Express when I was 20, so it is 34 years old. Shot Trap, 3Gun, upland birds, waterfowl, Sporting Clays, even an Elk at 80 yards with a slug with it. I shoot a few rounds of Trap with it every year. But it mostly stays in the shotgun rack as the anchor.
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Old July 12, 2021, 01:58 PM   #9
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I bought a 1954 Wingmaster with the factory adjustable dial- a-choke (yeah its ugly) when I picked it up from the pawnshop it was spray-painted with rattle cans of black and green paint to give it a "camo" finish. It looked awful and I was able to get it really cheap. About $70.

When I got it home I carefully cleaned it top to bottom and was able to save about 60% of the bluing an the walnut stock was gorgeous underneath. I used it for years for plinking, informal clay shooting or just blasting holes in water jugs. I took it to the gun show last month on a lark and was offered $600 for it.
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Old July 12, 2021, 09:42 PM   #10
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I have Wingmaster and 870 Express also these.
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Old July 12, 2021, 10:07 PM   #11
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I have one about that old. It has a 30" barrel and a full choke. It throws a pattern like a baseball...

I took it skeet shooting once. I hit most of the time but when I hit dead on, the clay pigeon would turn to black dust...

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Old July 16, 2021, 06:09 PM   #12
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I had a 20 ga. Wingmaster that I foolishly sold many years back and got to missing it recently. All I could afford was a 20 ga. Express and picked one up.

Of course it's not as pretty- and the action is not as slick/smooth as I remember the Wingmaster was. But I haven't shot it much yet and maybe it will improve with use and age.
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Old July 23, 2021, 12:22 PM   #13
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graduation gift

Bought an 870 as a college graduation gift, to myself in 1980. It was a magnum, with great honkin' 30" ribbed barrel, cause Ben Rodgers Lee, the turkey guru from AL, said that's what one needed. One season lugging that sewer pipe around, even as a young guy, convinced me Lee was probably not walking very far!

No choke tubes in those days, so I paid way too much for a vent rib 26" full choke barrel, and later a 26" IC. Even later, I was given a Rem Choke rifle sighted 20" barrel, screwed in a Rem Super Full turkey choke, and the old 870 has been a dedicated turkey gun ever since.

That gun has been shot enough over the years that I had to replace the "carrier/shell lifter" (?) as a riveted part came loose and needed replaced. Also had a shell latch come loose, needing to be re-staked. The nice walnut stocks are off, replaced with synthetic. The bluing at the receiver junction is gone by years of handling at trail carry while hunting. All in all a good, reliable shotgun and my only shotgun for a very long time, though that has changed. A tad heavy too me these days, all steel and an optic, but it went gobbler chasing 28 mornings this year, and killed 4!
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Old July 23, 2021, 06:35 PM   #14
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Shell latches do not have to be restaked. I Superglued one over 10 years ago and it is still going strong. I will never stake another one, and I have the staking tool.
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