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Remington Q: 887 v. 870

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by SonicBlue03, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Assuming it's a given that the 870 is the gold standard for pump defense shotguns, I ask these Q's:

    Is the 887 built on the 870 action, or did they try something different with it?
    Is the only real difference that the 887 has that plastic-y crap all over it or is there something fundamentally different (outside of the action, if different (see first Q)) that strengthens or weakens the 887's position as a suitable replacement or substitute for an 870?

    Doubt I'd use 3 1/2" for home defense, so that's not really a selling point. And while I keep my Saiga for in-house defense, I've had the craving to pick up another pump (and leave my Mossberg 500 w/ its 28" on full-time) for an additional short splatter gun and naturally thought of the Remington.
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    The only parts that interchange are the choke tubes and recoil pads, nothing else. For me, the 870 is and will always be, the end of the discussion. Lots of stuff floating around the interwebs about the 887 having some issues with the coating, among other things. From what I can gather, the 887 shines as a waterfowler or turkey gun, not so much as a tactical weapon.
     
  3. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Thanks - kind of what I'd read too. Price point seems about the same, but was curious if there was anything else out there.

    870 it is!
     
  4. This sounds spot-on. I'm assuming that you like the weather resistance of the 887 (it's the main selling point), so you might consider the 870 Marine. A little pricier but a great weapon.