Remington 870 in .410
Remington 870 in .410 from Remington 870 Forum:
I am new here and I thought I would post about my experience buying a Remington 870 Express in .410.
A few years back I was gifted a .410 single barrel shotgun made by H&R. This gun was a farm gun that had been in my good friend Bill’s family since Bill was a kid. When Bill’s father passed away years ago, Bill inherited the shotgun and when Bill passed, he passed the gun on to me. I put it away until a friend asked me to help him develop some loads for his 12 gauge double. He suggested we make up some loads for the old .410 at the same time and so we did. We took both guns out to try our reloads and lo and behold, we were able to hit the clays with both guns. I liked the single barrel shotgun but I began to want something a little better, something that could carry more shells than just one. I decided to pick up a Remington 870. Now here is where my inexperience shows. I looked at the Remington catalog on line, they showed the .410 available in the Wingmaster. I was reluctant to spend that kind of money. I was in Yuma, AZ awhile ago and I saw a Express model in .410. I could not find the Express in .410 in the Remington catalog, but I knew I had seen one. A couple of weeks ago, I was in a local gun shop and they had a Express Compact model in .410. I asked the store owner if he could get the Express in .410 full size, he thought he could. He did try, but he told me the Express was not available full size, if I wanted the Express in full size, I would have to buy the Compact model and then replace the butt stock with the full size butt stock that was available from the Remington Country store. That is what I did. I was pleased with my purchase, fit and finish is very nice. Not as nice as the Wingmaster, but very good.
At first, I thought the receiver on my Remington was made of aluminum, the gun was so light and the finish is a flat finish. SynchronizorVideos set me straight, the receiver on the Express .410 is steel.
My only complaint with my purchase is that when I ordered the full length stock, it came without the butt plate insert. A call to Remington fixed that, they are sending me the insert along with a .410 magazine follower and a trigger plate pin detent spring. I have been watching the videos put out by SynchronizorVideos and I decided to upgrade my shotgun, per his recommendations.
Here is a picture of the two stocks together. You can see that the full size stock is about one inch longer.
I hope to take this gun out this weekend and see how it handles clay birds.
I just realized, this post may be in the wrong forum. I do plan to hunt with this gun, but this is not a hunting post. If this post is in the wrong place, please let me know.