My $225 Rem870 Wingmaster


January 2, 2003, 04:17 PM
Continuing the thread from TFL ( , Middle beads are found on 870 trap and skeet bbls,Riverdog. Check and see if there's anything on the receiver like TB, TC, or Grand American. Field bbls of the period only had single beads, TTBOMK. I have the 870 home now and there's no TB, TC, or Grand American to be seen, just Remington Wingmaster Model 870 and a s/n. The barrel is a 30" Full Choke 2 3/4" chamber with two beads like a Trap barrel. Even though it's not a TB, TC, or G.A., for $225 it was a steal considering its excellent condition.

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January 2, 2003, 04:28 PM
All of the most recent production (last 6 or 8 years anyway) 870 WM have had 2 beads, but in the period when yours was likely made they did not have two beads. I would guess it is a trap barrel from a TB or TC, or that the second bead was installed at some point in a field barrel. The odds of it being a field barrel are very very high. At any rate it sounds like you did very well to get it for 225. Wish I could find one that cheap.

January 2, 2003, 04:52 PM
Got yourself a nice gun at agood price.
Agree, sounds like a field bbl

I have added mid beads to field bbls..cause I like them, had become accustomed to. Amazing how accurate a smoothbore is with slugs, mid bead improves for me...anyway.

Dave McCracken
January 2, 2003, 07:42 PM
My guess is that the bbls is not original to the weapon, a minor thing at worse.

The point is you've got a great shotgun there at a very good price. Now buy ammo, use up, repeat.

Try a few rounds of trap with it, bet you pleasantly surprise yourself with your score...

January 2, 2003, 08:21 PM
Whether or not the barrel is original is moot. It'll be 30 years before anyone bothers to check and that's if it's sold at an estate auction. More likely one of my nephews will simply make it disappear.

The club I belong to here has a shotgun range and they may have it set up for Trap, I've never inquired. There's also a range at MCAS Miramar I can check out, it's much closer I'll make inquiries and try it out. I may also try my other 870 w/ the slug barrel on Skeet. This is starting out to be the year of the long-gun.

BTW, the gun was as clean inside as it was outside. Bluing is near perfect except for wear marks on the mag tube and action bars. It's cleaned, lubed and put away.

4v50 Gary
January 5, 2003, 10:18 PM
A Wingmaster at Express price? You did well.

Kahr carrier
January 6, 2003, 06:05 AM
Great Price Happy shooting.:)

January 6, 2003, 08:41 AM
Can't beat that.

January 8, 2003, 11:53 PM
Mine was $150 :D

January 9, 2003, 12:29 AM
If I found an 870 for $150 I'd buy it just so I could tell Dave McC I had one. Then I'd talk about how crappy it was.:neener: (Even if it wasn't.:evil: :neener: :evil: )

Dave McCracken
January 9, 2003, 05:39 AM
Great deal, Mitch. A classic WM, nice wood.

Blades, don't go there.....

January 9, 2003, 08:33 PM
$150? Geez, I musta paid too much ;) I really like knowing these deals sometimes go to folks who appreciate what they got cheap.

January 10, 2003, 03:23 PM
Well, I bought mine from a friend who needed the cash :D. :neener:

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