Anyone have a Remington 870 Express Turkey Gun?


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Shear_stress
September 25, 2006, 06:48 PM
Over the past few months, I've been tracking the price a new 870 Express Turkey Gun (three-inch chamber) at a local sporting goods store. The gun has a couple of minor handling marks and has had a little trouble leaving the store as a result. The price falls every time I visit it. Today, the women behind the counter made me an offer that, together with the rebate Remington is offering on Express shotguns, brought the price smack into used gun territory.

I am looking for a cheap, "do-it-all" shotgun for clays, home defense, etc. Seems like the 21" barrel is a good compramise in that department--not too long, not too short. Plus, the two-bead sight set-up is nice. Anyone with an 870 Turkey Gun care to set me straight? Would I be better off with a standard 28" Express and an extra 18" barrel?

Thanks.

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Omaha-BeenGlockin
September 25, 2006, 07:28 PM
BUY IT!!!!!

RCL
September 25, 2006, 07:32 PM
Jump all over that with both feet before someone else does...............:what:
I like mine, and you can always buy an extra 28" barrel if you're so inclined. These are great, light, compact guns, especially if you spend a lot of time hiking while you are hunting..............;)

The Deer Hunter
September 25, 2006, 07:34 PM
W00t

How much?

Shear_stress
September 25, 2006, 07:47 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. Glad to know to hear from fans of the Turkey Gun. The price was making me wonder if there is some critical flaw to this model that I wasn't aware of.

How much?

Let's put it this way:

$CLXXXII after the rebate.

I originally wanted a used Wingmaster, but couldn't walk away from a new 870 at that price, even an Express.

Dave McCracken
September 25, 2006, 09:24 PM
Buy it!!! Any 870 under $CC is a great buy. The Turkey variant comes parlous close to being a do all goto....

All it needs is a couple more choke tubes,easily found for $XV tp XXV.

Fred Fuller
September 26, 2006, 11:54 AM
And you haven't bought it yet? Wattaya want, Santa to bring it to you?

The 21" Turkey gun with a VR barrel and twin beads, is dang near a perfect all-around gun with no real need for an extra barrel, unless you plan to take up pass- shooting at longer range. I bought one used several years ago for about $165 IIRC, with a Mod choke it does great with buckshot, is manageable with slugs and is not too long to be unwieldy in the HD role. For a while it was my only long gun, while my living arrangements were a little unsettled due to the exegencies of life. You won't be sorry you got it, I have seen just the barrels sell for more on eBay than I paid for the gun.

lpl/nc

Shear_stress
September 26, 2006, 12:20 PM
Hi Lee,

Thanks for your input. I was briefly tormented by some Express vs. Wingmaster quality jitters, but a quick search of prior THR posts on the subject cleared things up for me.

115grfmj
September 26, 2006, 03:29 PM
1992 vintage express magnum. Sold all my other barrels, take my word for
it this it a do it all gun. I've got the original Extended turkey choke, full, mod,
imp. cylinder, and rifled. That covers everything from big game to dove, and clays. You wont be sorry.:D

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=23970&d=1114308501

Superpsy
September 26, 2006, 05:03 PM
great gun all round. versatile and no probs with mine so far...

SOG/MACV
September 26, 2006, 05:34 PM
Interesting and timely discussion because I'm considering a new 870 with synthetic furniture and a soft case for $195. It's got the 28" barrel... Might be a good buy on my part

hossdaniels
September 26, 2006, 08:20 PM
i got that one with camo stock for $200 a year ago when a local shop went under. excellent shotgun for the money, shoots good patterns too.

Shear_stress
September 28, 2006, 09:33 PM
Brought home the Turkey Gun and an extra IC choke tube today, though it looked a little touch and go there for a minute. Apparently, the store employee misplaced the key to the trigger lock. I wound up twisting the damn thing off with a pair of pliers while he helped another customer.

Interestingly, it turns out the gun had been in the store since 2002. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was neither mean-looking enough for the tactical crowd nor long-enough for the clay shooters. I hope that's not a bad sign.

As per the great information in the stickies, I took the gun down, wiped out the fossilized assembly oil from the inside, and gave everything a light coat of Mobil One. Despite my (mostly internet rumor-derived) fears about Remington Express quality, the inner bits and pieces were nicely finished.

I put the gun back together and wiped down the exterior, which turned out to be covered in a thin patina of dust and dried oil. No wonder the thing looked a little tired in the store. Amazing what a rag and a little bit of CLP can do for a gun's appearance.

Anyway, the gun is nothing special, just one of several million 870s out there. In other words, a good, solid shotgun for the long haul. Thanks to everything on the THR for their helpful advice.

Dave McCracken
September 28, 2006, 09:58 PM
Great! Now BA/UU/R....

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