Gun Report

Remington 870 Express Magnum & Barrel

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Remington's 870, which costs $339 as a shotgun, accepts the $240 ironsighted barrel and a $288 cantilevered scope-base barrel. As a rifle, it was light and powerful with acceptable accuracy, but would have been improved with a scope. As tested, it might be ideal for woods hikers who need power but can't pack a handgun.

Remington 870 Express Magnum & Barrel

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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Plain-Jane but functional was the 870. The wood was too small at the rear of the receiver. Sparse impressed checkering didn't impress us.
Angled view of the 870 shows adjustable rear sight and ejection port. Everything worked, and this rifle provided useful accuracy with some loads, but it would have benefited from a scope.
The barrel tells us this is the "Fully Rifled" tube. The rear sight was adjustable for elevation and windage. Sight picture was acceptable. The rounded forend provided enough grip. The impressed forend checkering was visual, not functional.

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