[Update] Remington 870 Super Mag Review

Remington 870 Super Mag Review

Known for its many purposes and roles, the Remington 870 Super Magnum 12-Gauge Pump Action Shotgun is a hunting gun standard many outdoorsmen rely on.

It is versatile and can be used with everything from light 2.75-inch loads to heavy 3.5-inch magnums.

Owing to its interchangeable features, this shotgun is hard to beat in value and function.

No other shotgun can be comparable. This perhaps the same reason one will find it in so many pheasant fields and duck blinds.

Remington 870 Super Magnum Finishes

This exceptional firearm is available in two finishes: flat-finish hardwood stock and for-end, and non-reflective matte-finish metalwork.

The Model 870 Super Magnum comes with a 26-inch vent-rib barrel. It also features a modified Remington Choke. Another aspect of the gun is the ventilated rib barrel.

Other Features of the Gun

This barrel is capable of shooting 2.75- to 3.5-inch shells using a 3.5-inch chamber. It has the capability to take three 3.5-inch shells or as an alternative, four that measure 2.75 or 3 inches.

The barrel length measures 26-inches and is finished in matte black coupled with a hardwood stock.

As a result, you get a 14-inch length of pull in a firearm that is a total of 46 inches in length.
The Remington 870 Super Magnum weighs 7.5 pounds, a very manageable field weight.

History of the Remington 870 Super Mag

Made available to the market in 1951, Remington’s 870 Super Mag pump gun has been around for some time. For many gun enthusiasts, it was their first firearm.

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There are today in excess of 10 million Super Mag 870s produced. This qualifies it as perhaps the most popular shotgun all over the globe.

This is not at all surprising. It is very reasonable in price, a very reliable weapon, and extremely efficient. The 870 belongs to a class all its own.

The Remington 870 Super Magnum and Hunting

The one shotgun that has been overwhelmingly popular in the field is the Remington 870 Super Magnum. Big Green’s 870 series was extremely popular.

It is over 50 years old and has over ten million produced to this date. At present, the Express line of the 870s is best characterized as very economically priced shotguns.

These guns likewise enjoy an unrivaled aftermarket selection, save for the AR-15.
Grips, stocks, fore-ends, magazine tubes, barrels, adapters, rails, and other parts were all bolt friendly on an 870.

No less than the tactical furniture guys at Magpul Industries have designed items in their product line for the Remington 870.

One key thing to mention is that many fore-ends and other parts made by secondary manufacturers are not well-matched with the Super Magnum.

This is owing to the fore-end overlapping the action if it is at the shortest position.

One could opt to risk eliminating material with a Dremel tool, acquire a shorter fore-end design such as the Law Enforcement style scattergun, or simply stay with the factory fore-end.

The Remington 870 Super Magnum Configurations

The 870 Super Magnum line has a number of configurations available from the factory brand new.

These were chambered for 3.5″ shells for outdoorsmen that hunt upland birds, geese, turkeys, or ducks.

Based on configuration specifics, the 870 Super Magnum was available for as low as $400. Plain synthetic models could be bought for $309 at a large box store.

These models have a dark flat black from the muzzle to a very spongy butt. One could easily and successfully surprise ducks or geese.

However, it helped the hunter a lot if a custom paint or camouflage pattern was introduced to the gun.

There was a time when Remington did not make available the camo-dipped versions. Instead what you had available were the Turkey/Waterfowl camo or the Waterfowl camo finish versions.

The 870 Super Magnum is available in factory spec with an adapted Rem Choke.
Well-matched with most Remington scatterguns, the tweaked Rem Choke is said to provide a wider shot pattern.

This translates to aiming at 25-45 yards for rabbits, pigeons, squirrels, doves, partridge, quail, grouse, ducks, as well as pheasant with a steel shot.

The Old Shotgun Is Still Going Strong

It has been 63 years and millions of shotguns guns later, the mighty Remington 870 Super Mag is still going strong. It is reasonably priced, reliable in the field, and extremely durable.
Hallmarks of a true classic.

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