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Remington Model 870 Special Purpose Express Marine Magnum No. 25012 3-inch 12 Gauge, $772 (Grade C+ Oct 2011)

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This is a durable 12-gauge utility gun that resists corrosion. Electroless nickel plating covers all metal, including the inside of the barrel and the steel receiver. The fixed synthetic stock had a great recoil pad. The 18-inch Cylinder-choked barrel was handy. We were disappointed that the receiver wasn’t drilled and tapped like the Mossberg—perhaps that’s a function of its corrosion package. The padded Cordura sling and sling swivel stud attachment points on the buttstock and barrel brace made carrying a snap. If it didn’t have such a shiny finish—which looks great—this would double as a low-maintenance waterfowl gun.

Remington Model 870 Special Purpose Express Marine Magnum No. 25012 3-inch 12 Gauge, $772 (Grade C+ Oct 2011)

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Home Defense
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Both of these corrosion resistant shotguns produced devastating close-in patterns with buckshot and birdshot. “Rhonda” and the other zombies showed the ill effects.
Another buttstock plus for the 870. The grip panel supplied texture, thus a little better grip, for sweaty hands.
The Supercell recoil pad on the 870 was superb. Produced a cushy feel, even when we were shooting 3-inch magnums.
One area where the 870 fell short: The receiver channel wouldn’t easily accept an auxiliary mount and sight. Big oversight.

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