It is rare for a shotgun to be a top contender year after year. Generation after generation is even more extraordinary. The 870 Wingmaster has kept its original form and remained unaltered despite the ever-changing ‘coolness factor’ and trends.
It is as smooth and reliable as can be. The Wingmaster is a first-class device for defending, sporting, hunting, or having fun. It is a shotgun with pure strength and precision. The Wingmaster 870 outperforms nearly anything on the market. It would take almost a lifetime to use all of the accessories available for the 870. This is among the best pump-action shotgun you can find.
- Comfortable scattergun
- Many accessories available
- Nice finish
- Forend could use softer grip panels
The choke is slid into the barrel and screwed in place. There are four kinds of chokes. The cylinder choke means the barrel diameter is consistent. As bores tighten, so does the grouping. The distances become longer and more effective. The choice depends on the types of hunting and shooting to be done. Some chokes can only support lead loads. The full choke of the Remington 870 supports lead or steel.
The two most common 870 barrels are the smoothbore or rifled barrel. Rifled barrels are best suited for shooting sabot slugs such as Copper Solid Slug or Premier Accutip Slug. They are barrels used to kill at a long distance.
The barrels have the accuracy and stability needed for that kind of damage. Smoothbore barrels are more suited for buckshot, birdshot, or rifled slugs. When hunting small birds or ducks a smoothbore barrel is a better choice than the rifled barrel.
Remington pump-action shotguns are among the most enduring and popular shotgun design. They are the most reliable and smoothest pump-action shotguns on the market. The superior dependability is the reason it has been trusted by law enforcement professionals, shooters, and hunters for over six decades. Twin-action and smoothing shucking bars deliver positive ejection and chambering. It is a by which standard by which other pump shotguns are measured
The bigger the gauge number, the smaller the balls that are needed to make a pound. A 20-gauge shell is smaller in size than a 12-gauge shell. The 870 Wingmaster is available in 12-, 16-, 20-, 28-gauge and .410 bore. Each gauge has advantages and disadvantages. Typically, larger gauges are used for small game. A .410 shotgun is for very small game.
Anything lighter is too whippy to maintain a smooth swing. A shotgun over seven pounds becomes a pain to lug around all day. Experts say a gun should weight 96 times the intended shot charge to absorb the recoil properly. A 20-gauge shotgun using one-ounce shot should weigh approximately six pounds. Using 1¼-ounce shot in a 12-gauge shotgun requires a 7½-pound gun. The 870 Wingmaster falls with these parameters.
For hunting light barrels, approximately 28 inches in length on hinge pin balance is ideal. Added accessories can have a profound effect on the way a shotgun handles. A gun that is heavy and well-balanced is superior to one that is light and ill-balanced. The 870 has perfect balance. The balance allows the natural point of aim to be quickly discovered.
The shotgun has ivory front bead sights. This beautiful, American made gun is the answer to quality that most firearms today lack. It makes others appear to be unfinished. Machine graving is tastefully done. Found on the receiver’s lift side is a dog done in gold inlay. On the right is a small gold ‘American Classic ‘ banner. It is tasteful elegance. The shotgun has a significant amount of sparkle without being splashy.
There are different configurations and barrel lengths in the form of upland game, deer hunting, slug barrels, skeet, and trap barrels. There are many options for home defense and tactical use. The number of choices available spoils shotgun owners.
The machine-steel receiver, smooth chucking twin-action bars, and time-proven performance and reliability make this shotgun worth a great deal. At a price of around $720, the gun is one of the most popular on the market.
The MSRP is $847. It can be found at lower prices. Research found advertised prices of $370, $629, $689, $731, and $831. With the wide variety of accessories available, the perfect shotgun for an individual is difficult to price. Those accessories are also available in a broad range of prices.
A button is pushed to release the slide. On the 870, there is a piece of metal that lifts the part of the trigger that drives on the sear. Pulling the trigger pushes on the sear. The sear releases the hammer, and it moves forward.
The disconnect is meant to keep the shotgun from firing when not being used. The entire trigger assembly is lifted off the sear. When pulling on the trigger, it will not sear at all. The disconnect has to be released to fire.
Also, as the hammer comes up, the hammer spring comes up and pushes up on the piece that pushes on the disconnect and prevents firing again. It is a safety feature for people who forget to release the trigger.
The 12-gauge and 20-gauge models are three-inch chambered for either 2¾- or three-inch shells. There are two primary shotgun slugs. They are full-bore and sabot slug. Full-bore slugs fill most of the shotgun born as they travel through the barrel. Sabot slugs use a plastic sabot that engages the rifling and drops off after leaving the barrel. Remington has a quality brand of ammunition that can be used in the shotguns.
A shorter length of pull would solve the problem. There is a youth model that has a shorter pull length that still allows a fixed stock to be maintained. The youth version is one option from which to choose if the standard stock is uncomfortable. There are also interchangeable stocks on the market.
Still, others want a massive eight-shot saddle for full reloads. Remington has a side saddle that holds six rounds of ammo for a shotgun. It is lightweight and compact. The carrier is made of polymer materials and aluminum.
They also offer support when shooting the weapon. The support may not be necessary for birdshot ammunition but is very helpful when using slugs to get off a good shot. Carrying a shotgun exhausts some of a gun owner’s energy. Slings keep the gun next to the body while hands remain free.
The Remington 870 factory safety is small and does not allow switching fast. In competition, pulling a trigger and nothing happening because of fumbling to switch the safety off costs between a half to two seconds of time. The time saved is essential competition and life or death situations such as home defense.