My first Remington 870.

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Swedeman
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My first Remington 870.

Post by Swedeman » Sat May 11, 2019 12:14 pm

I just bought a Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun. The receiver is stamped Remington 870 Express and on the left side of the receiver is serial number W880666M. The barrel says it can shoot 2 3/4 or 3 inch shells. The receiver does NOT say anything about being capable of 3 inch shells.
I would like to know when the shotgun was manufactured and anything else you could advise me about.
All information would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot,
Swedeman

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Re: My first Remington 870.

Post by USMA-1982 » Sat May 11, 2019 12:31 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum. Your870 Express has a magnum receiver capable of handling 3" shells.

The W prefix in the serial number indicates the gun was manufactured between 1984-1989.

The M suffix indicates 12 gauge magnum receiver.

Look for a 2 letter code stamped into the the left side of the barrel around the chamber area. A picture will help as there are often other letters stamped near the date code.

Enjoy your new 870!

Ed

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Re: My first Remington 870.

Post by Swedeman » Sat May 11, 2019 9:28 pm

OK, I have my 870 apart. On the left side of the barrel is printed " Use 2 3/4 or 3" in magnum receiver. Use only 2 3/4 in all others." Also on the left side of the barrel near are the markings ( looks like a square U followed by 63 ).
On the right side of the barrel are the standard Read the instructions etc. Markings near the receiver are, a horizontal H inside a triangle, down and to the right are the letters REP inside a circle, up and a little right is a horizontal R , and farther right is the letter T. That's all on the barrel.
The receiver has serial number W880666M and printed on the right side is Remington 870 Express ( no magnum designation ).
I appreciate the info, you have already given me. Are you absolutely sure this is a magnum receiver ??
Please advise,
Thanks a lot,
Swedeman

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Re: My first Remington 870.

Post by Swedeman » Sat May 11, 2019 9:30 pm

Sorry, the Remington 870 Express is printed on the Left side not the right side.
Sorry.

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Re: My first Remington 870.

Post by USMA-1982 » Sat May 11, 2019 11:01 pm

Definitely a magnum receiver.

The date code is located on the left side of the barrel near the receiver as in the pic below (sorry it's blurry).

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The first letter of the date code is the month the barrel was manufactured. It will be one of the following: B L A C K P O W D E R X (Jan - Dec, i.e. B is Jan, X is Dec).

The second letter will be the year. From the prefix of the receiver, an original barrel would likely have the letter D E F G H or I (1983-1988). In the pic below the date code is the 2 letters in the middle of the group - PJ (June 1989 - in the pic it looks like P O, but it's actually P J).

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