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Old December 6th, 2020, 02:13 PM #11
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Wingmasters are blued (polished) , an Express is parkerized (dull finish). Either way, $250 is a pretty good deal.
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Not all wingmaster have the “nice”. Depending upon the age some earlier models were field grade wood with blued wingmaster barrel and action. Either way, nice find!
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Old December 6th, 2020, 03:37 PM #13
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Again I thank you all for the input. It seems it was a fair purchase!
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Good deal all day long. I rarely see them used under $300 these days. With everything going on with Remington who knows where pricing will be on new 870's coming out, I am guessing pricey...
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That's a good find. Sounds like somebody got a really good deal the Marlin.
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It looks like a past owner was using it for Trap shooting judging from the recoil pad , What is the choking , As for the wood it looks like Maple and there was a Distributor somewhere in the upper mid west (I think) that would have Remington do runs of there guns with Maple stocks , I've seen 1100's , 700's , 760's with maple wood , Or someone just could have had it restocked . But you got a very good deal anyway .
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It has been changed, it is stamped or engraved wingmaster though!
Man I think you did good. Stock don't look that bad from the pics. Its a nice light color. The Marlin 336 in 35 Rem. sounds like a good deal also. I have seen a few going for around 400.
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It looks like a past owner was using it for Trap shooting judging from the recoil pad , What is the choking , As for the wood it looks like Maple and there was a Distributor somewhere in the upper mid west (I think) that would have Remington do runs of there guns with Maple stocks , I've seen 1100's , 700's , 760's with maple wood , Or someone just could have had it restocked . But you got a very good deal anyway .
It was a friend of mines dad who passed and that's exactly what he did. I basically bought it for the kid to inherit at some point. Was just curious if I made an emotion purchase or one that was semi responsible.

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It was a friend of mines dad who passed and that's exactly what he did. I basically bought it for the kid to inherit at some point. Was just curious if I made an emotion purchase or one that was semi responsible.

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Yep, very good deal. Definitely an old trap gun with the Monte Carlo stock and adjustable butt pad. Itís been years since Remington or a distributor has offered a maple stock but even if itís an aftermarket stock it doesnít detract from the value. Itís a shooter not a collectible. The adjustable butt pad alone would cost you $250 for a gunsmith to add it to your gun nowadays. Even if something does happen to break on it just about any gunsmith can fix the thing if you canít do it yourself. Make memories with it. Go trapshooting with your son. It would be a shame for it to be a safe queen. Look up how to field strip on YouTube. Super easy.
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You SCORED!

“The meat on the bone” of what a serial # can tell you on 870’s is the alphabetical SUFFIX letter at end of your serial # (some model Remingtons also display a prefix ...)

What letter does your serial # end with? More than likely a “V” or perhaps, a “M”

See attached references from the Remington Law Enforcement Armorers’ Shop Manuals as ...

... this table includes info on both 870’s and 1100’s
Receiver Serial Number Serial Number Suffix Receiver Frame Size Gauge Ejection
#0000000V V Full size frame 12 gauge 12 2 3/4″ Only
#0000000M M Full size frame 12 gauge 12 2 3/4″ or 3″ Only
#0000000A A Full size frame 12 gauge 12 2 3/4″, 3″, or 3 1/2″
#0000000W W Full size frame 16 gauge 16 2 3/4″ Only
#0000000K K Small frame 20 gauge LW 20 2 3/4″ Only
#0000000K K Small frame 20 gauge LT 20 2 3/4″ Only
#0000000X X Full size frame 20 gauge 20 2 3/4″ Only
#0000000U U Small frame 20 gauge LT-20 20 2 3/4″ or 3″ Only
#0000000N N Full size frame 20 gauge 20 2 3/4″ or 3″ Only
#0000000J J Small frame 28 gauge 28 2 3/4″ Only
#0000000H H Small frame .410 bore .410 2 1/2″ or 3″

Your “blonde” stock furniture appears to be either birch or ash that someone took the time to refinish nicely. I’ve seen some walnut stocks “bleached” by their owners for a very, very unique appearance (one instructor I used to know did his that way so there’d NEVER be any confusion as to which 870 out of a dozen or more on a rack was his (there NEVER was! :-)

First attachment photo is a reference on decoding the alphabet letters on your barrel telling you what MONTH and YEAR *the barrel* was manufactured. The rub lay in the fact that very (very!) often the barrel on an 870 is NOT the one it left the factory with (so, the month and date of bbl mfr very (very!) often does not correspond in any way with when the receiver was mfr’ed)

As someone who has forgotten more about Remington shotguns than I’ll ever know is quick to say: “I do not trust Remington's dating service accuracy. If they were Match.com, you could end up with Nancy Pelosi.” - Virginian

FWIW, this site may also interest you: https://www.rem870.com/gun-manufactu...number-lookup/

I’m actually working on a friends Rem 1100 now and my heart sank (deep!) when it hit my bench and the alpha-SUFFIX is an “X” - many parts for those guns are UNobtainium and many others are priced like high platinum!
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