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Shotgun Followers Overview (Remington 870)

10 March 201015 comments Review, Upgrades

Shotgun Followers Overview (Remington 870)

UPDATE: Remington 870 Followers Overview (Vang Comp Systems, CDM Gear, SBE Precision, GG&G, S&J Hardware, Scattergun Technologies, Choate, Nordic)

Every owner of the Remington 870 shotgun knows that standard Remington 870 follower is not as reliable and sturdy as we want it to be. Orange plastic follower is the first thing to upgrade in Remington 870 shotgun.

Happily, there are a lot of different alternatives of the Remington 870 follower and I think that more will come in future. The information in this article is intended to explain the differences in what is on the market today.

Main advantages of the alternative followers are:
1. Tail of the follower which improves feeding and prevents spring from kinking. But tail takes some space in the magazine tube.
2. Projection on the head which allows to check an empty shotgun magazine by your finger.
3. Made of better material (metal or plastic).
4. Different color.

Attention: new Remington 870 shotguns have two “dimples” in magazine tube and followers without slots in the sides will not work with them. You will need to drill out the dimples or modify a follower.

There are many followers available on the market:
Scattergun Technologies
Vang Comp
Different steel followers (for example Brownells)
S&J Hardware

Let’s start with standard Remington follower

Remington Shotgun Follower

Remington Shotgun Follower

Standard follower is made of thin orange plastic. It is very thin and easily destructible. Several times I had problems loading shotgun which were possibly caused by this follower. They gone when I replaced it. It should be replaced with better one as soon as possible.

First alternative follower is Scattergun Technologies (Wilson Combat) Follower.

Scattergun Technologies Shotgun Follower

Scattergun Technologies Shotgun Follower

This follower is one of the most popular followers and can be easily found everywhere. There are a lot of positive comments about it. This is high- visibility, fluorescent green follower which has a tail which improves feeding and projection in the head which allows to check the magazine by your finger. It is made of ABS nylon and looks reliable. But there is weak point. The middle part (projection) of the follower is not solid and I was able to brake it loading a magazine (it stuck and I had to use force on it).

Next follower in this review is made by Choate

Choate Shotgun Follower

Choate Shotgun Follower

It is orange, made of plastic and has a very long tail. I didn’t have problems with it but I know shooters which had problem with it: follower is too big and diameter need to be reduced to slide freely in a magazine tube.

In my opinion the tail is too long and takes too much of a magazine tube space. Also it doesn’t allow you to check a magazine by your finger but it is made of highly visible orange plastic.

Another popular follower is made by Vang Comp Systems

Vang Comp Systems (VCS) Follower

This is steel follower with a hole in the front part. You can use hole to check the magazine by your finger. It is very sturdy and virtually indestructible. It is one of the most popular aftermarket followers for Remington 870.

The only one known problem is use of the Vang Comp Follower with original Remington magazine extension. Shells can move follower to the groove inside the extension and it will stuck.

Vang Comp Stainless Steel Follower is higly recommended.

Recommended Product:
Vang Stainless Follower for Remington 870

Vang Stainless Follower for Remington 870

Get Vang Follower here:

There are a lot of other aluminium/steel followers on the market, for example the one from Brownells

Aluminium Shotgun Follower

Aluminium Shotgun Follower

The follower on the photo is made by unknown manufacturer. You can purchase aluminium followers of many different colors. They are tough, reliable and I have used one for a very long time without any problems. Metal followers slide inside the magazine tube very easily.

They are less visible than acid green or orange followers and can’t be identified by touch but they are still a good choice for your tactical shotgun.

Attention: some people think that metal followers can damage mag tube but I don’t know any facts and don’t know any cases of the damage caused by metal followers.

Recommended Product:
Brownells Magazine Follower

Brownells Magazine Follower

Get Brownells Follower here: Brownells Magazine Follower

Brownells Follower is higly recommended.

The last follower in this review is made by S&J Hardware

SJ Hardware Follower

SJ Hardware Follower

This shotgun follower is very good. Let me start with advantages it gives to a shotgun owner:
1. Bright orange (close to red) color.
2. Tail which prevents spring from kinking and improves feeding.
3. Allows to check an empty shotgun magazine by your finger.
4. It has slots in the sides so it can be used in the Remington Express and other non-Police models (which have dimples in magazine tube).
5. Followers are CNC machined from 2″ thick piece of DuPont Delrin® material. Which is a type of teflon impregnated plastic. Delrin is hard enough to machine, soft enough for use and very slippy. So its ideal for a shotgun follower.

This follower is not hollow inside and doesn’t have weak points (like Scattergun follower). It will not break down with cleaning products and hard use.

I highly recommend to use this follower and think that this follower is one the best on the market.


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  1. Oodin March 22, 2010

    Thanks to this and your safeties review I placed an order with S&J today for both their safety and their follower. I’ll let you know what I think.


  2. admin March 23, 2010

    Jon, you are more than welcome! That would be great to hear what you think about them.


  3. simon beeson April 9, 2010

    Jon so how many rounds have you shot, let us know what you think

  4. Wilbur Post May 25, 2010

    It would be nice if you could order the SJ Hardware follower. Evidently the folks that work there (own it) are too busy to return phone calls or answer e-mails. Not a very good way to do business.

  5. Dan September 1, 2010

    I found out that S & J Hardware hardware will no longer do retail sales to the public.

    The good news is that they have authorized distributors.

    I’m getting mine from King Armory

    I hope this helps.

  6. Mark October 16, 2010

    I installed the S&J follower and it did not work with my factory extension. It would not allow me to load more than 4 rounds into the magazine. For some reason the follower gets stuck after the 4th round. I tried many things to get it to work but ultimately had to switch back to the factory follower. I may try the Nordic follower and see if it works. However, the S&J oversize safety I installed is perfect, very nice. The parkerized finish does not match my Express but it works flawlessly and is much easier and faster to use. Really love it.

  7. simon March 12, 2011

    just some new info for you guys

    we have changed out No jam mag follower so thats its a little shorter, this all allow for some ammo thats a little bit longer and lettign you load the full amount on rounds into your mag tube
    we are allso offering different styles now as well as one for the 20ga 870.

  8. S&J Hardware June 2, 2011

    Hello shooters. just want to thanks for all the reviews of our products for the last year.
    As a thanks you to this site and all its readers we @ S&J hardware are giving 10% off ot all readers for the rest of 2011.
    just use promo code and we will take 10% off any order placed via our website.
    S&J hardware

  9. Eric Bertolet August 3, 2011

    Ordered one from SJ Hardware, it’s been 18 days since they say they shipped it, charged 6$ for shipping.

    Is this typical for them?

  10. Vitaly Pedchenko June 17, 2012

    Eric, they usually answer all questions very fast and ship items right away.

  11. WilburPost June 23, 2012

    I mentioned in a prior post that Simon at S&J appears to be to busy to answer the phone or e-mails. Well, wait—it gets worse. I recently ordered a magazine extension from them and then decided that it wouldn’t work out for me. I did get him to answer an e-mail and say that it would be okay to send it back for a refund. I went to the local UPS here in Georgia and sent it back ($22.00). After approximately one week I received a call from that same UPS office. Seems that Simon wouldn’t accept the package and I had two choices: 1.)Have it sent back to me at a cost of $33.00 or 2.)Have Canadian customs throw it in the trash. After e-mailing Simon several times to try and work it out (with no response, of course) I told UPS to throw it away.
    Pretty sorry way to operate a business. Takes a “special” kind of person to treat customers in that manner.

  12. Marco June 8, 2015

    Re-hello, besides what it said on the forum about scattergun high viz followers. Why are they are bent a little bit ? is that normal ? Why ?

  13. Marco June 8, 2015

    By the way I have a 870 wingmaster of 1980. Will a new police breech bolt assembly of 2015 fits to it ?

  14. Riad June 9, 2015

    hi, please does anyone know why the in 870 retainer Product #: 142767 from midwayusa
    (in the small plastic bag written for remington 1100,however in their website its written for 870,1100 887
    For,it it gave me a hard time putting it in a 1980-870 old wingmaster. ???
    I had to squeeze it to get it installed .
    Afraid to damage the magazine tube ?


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