What is the difference between a Remington 870 Wingmaster and an Express?

1978 Remington 870 Wingmaster

1978 Remington 870 Wingmaster

The Remington 870 Express and Remington 870 Wingmaster are two weapons with a lot in common. Their performances are much pretty equal to each other. The only real difference between the two shotguns is their cosmetic look. The Remington 870 Express contains synthetic fore-ends and stocks made of laminated wood. The metal surfaces of the shotgun have a matte finish that is not polished. As for the Remington 870 Wingmaster, its stock and fore-end are made out of walnut and its metal surfaces have a polished blue finish to them. Not only does this make the shotgun look more attractive, but it also means it has higher quality materials that are more durable as well. The action is smoother.

As for the internal parts, they are all the same and have the same mechanical specifications. The only other difference you will find is in the price of each weapon because of their cosmetic differences. The Remington 870 Wingmaster will obviously be more expensive since it is made with walnut and polished metal surfaces. The current retail price for the Wingmaster is about $847.00. Compare this to the current retail price of $417.00 for the Remington 870 Express and you will understand why cosmetic materials go a long way.

Remington 870 Express

Remington 870 Express

If you are deciding which weapon to purchase, the price is probably going to be what you’ll look at the most. The Express 870 costs about 50% less than the Wingmaster, and that will go a long way with people. But if you are someone who cherishes their shotgun and wants classic look and the highest quality materials on the outside, then go ahead and purchase the Wingmaster. It may shoot the same but it will be something better to look at when you hang it on the wall or go out hunting with your buddies. Just make sure you take care of your Wingmaster by keeping up the polishing of the metal surfaces and periodically oiling the walnut of the stock and fore-end. If you do that then the shotgun should be able to last you for many years to come.