March 2011

SuperMag Follow Up: We Retest Remington’s M887 Nitro Mag

In 2009, we gave the initial release of this then-new model a ‘D’ grade, saying its rough operation, muzzle-heavy feel, and noisy operation should be fixed under warranty. Here’s an update.

Gun Tests reader Cecil Elmore emailed us in December 2010 with this in the subject line: 'Remington 887.' In his note, he said, 'I am a subscriber, and I saw your 2009 evaluation of the Remington 887 shotgun, which was not pretty. I am considering buying an 887, but look to you folks for expert guidance. Can you give me an update on where that 887 stands? Thanks!' Why, yes we can. The September 2009 comparison that included the new-for-2009 Remington M887 Nitro Mag No. 82500 12 Gauge, $399, pitted it against a Benelli SuperNova No. 20115 MAX-4 HD Camo 12 Gauge Pump, $599. The Benelli was the hands-down winner, with our recommendation being, 'It’s built right, shoots right, and does everything we could hope for from a shotgun of this type. We don’t think the 8-pound weight is excessive for a heavy-duty duck gun; the extra weight pays dividends in its smoother swing and softer shooting.' Accordingly, we awarded it an A grade.

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