What is the difference between a Remington 870 Wingmaster and an Express?
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 and some of the internal parts. 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 almost all the same and have the same mechanical specifications. Wingmaster uses more reliable non-MIM extractor. 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.
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.
Differences Between Remington 870 Express, Police and Wingmaster
Some features of the Remington 870 shotgun have changed, such as the locking safety. Let’s examine some of the main differences between the Remington 870 Police, Remington 870 Wingmaster, and the Remington 870 Express. The Remington 870 Wingmaster is the classic shotgun that is often called the “Cadillac” of Remington. The Remington 870 Police is a specially built and crafted shotgun the looks similar to a Wingmaster, but instead has a dull finish to it.
The Remington 870 Express is considered to be the most affordable of the three. Anyone who is new to shotgun ownership, and on a budget, will likely choose the Express. Remington has been able to make this shotgun more affordable because they have less manual labor going into its manufacturing. Plus, there are rumors Express shotguns are not polished or de-burred like the more advanced models, such as the Police and Wingmaster. If you’ve seen the new Marine Magnum and Tactical shotguns, you may have noticed they’re based on the Remington 870 Express model. However, the Express has similar high-quality steel components inside of it that the better 870’s have. The only difference is a different finish and that it does contain some MIM parts and plastic parts as well.
Remington 870 Express
The Remington 870 Express has a plastic trigger group and a new plastic magazine retention system. The magazine tubes themselves have dimples on them, while the extended magazine versions do not have dimples. Some owners say that interior and exterior of their shotguns have a rough finish, with a few burrs and machine marks on it. The bore is lightly polished and may require additional polishing. I always polish chamber of my Express shotguns to make extraction of the fired shotshells more reliable.
As for the stock, you can choose between synthetic or hardwood material for it. Most stocks will come with a sporting length forend with checkering that’s pressed-in.
The home defense version of the Remington 870 Express contains an 18-inch cylinder bore barrel and has a front bead sight on it for aiming. As for the Tactical and Marine Magnum models of the Express, their finishes are different, Marine is nickel plated to make it resistant to corrosion and water. There is even some internal metal injection molded parts in the Express, such as the extractor part.
Remington 870 Wingmaster
The Remington 870 Wingmaster contains an aluminum trigger group and a classic style magazine retention system. The finish is much smoother on the interior and exterior, and there are no burrs or machine marks either. It also contains a bolt that’s chrome plated, bore that’s polished, and stocks made out of walnut with the popular “Bowling Pin” finish on them. Each weapon is polished in commercial quality blue finish and it receives a thorough inspection before it is released for sale. There are a number of choices available when it comes to the length of the barrels and the chokes you want to use inside the barrel. Plus, the weapon’s extractor is milled and it contains no MIM parts whatsoever. The Remington 870 Wingmaster is truly a commercial quality gun that has remained a classic for decades because of its unique design and functionality.
Remington 870 Police
Law enforcement and military officers will likely use the Remington 870 Police pump action shotgun. It contains an aluminum trigger group with a classic style magazine retention system, just like the Wingmaster. It also has a smooth interior and exterior with no visible burrs or machine marks. Since this is a police-issued weapon, it receives the most thorough inspection that you can imagine. Everything from the internal parts to the finishing of the weapon is inspected for perfection. The military-style parkerized finish sure makes this weapon stand out visually from the other Remington 870 models.
In addition, the Police model has a polished bore and 18-inch to 20-inch improved cylinder barrel. You can add sights to this barrel to help with your aim such as a ghost ring, luminous and rifle sights. The weapon contains a heavy-duty magazine spring, trigger-sear spring, and shell lifter spring. The stock is made out of either synthetic or walnut stock, depending on the version you choose. The forend that comes with the stock is also short to make it compatible with Police car racks and can be pumped quickly and easily by the officer who is using it. There is even a Remington Supercell recoil pad installed which has the ability to reduce the recoil of the weapon by as much as 30%. Other optional upgrades include sling swivels, forearms with lights built into them, and magazine extenders. No MIM parts are inside this weapon, including the extractor (which is milled).
To sum up these weapons, the Remington 870 Express is an affordable shotgun, the Remington 870 Wingmaster is a great sporting gun for hunting, and the Remington 870 Police is perfect for self-defense purposes. No matter which one you choose, you are guaranteed to have a high-quality shotgun.
On a side note, here are some extra things you need to watch out for when using these weapons. Perhaps this information will help you decide which weapon you want to use. There are rumors that Express, for example, is not as well de-burred on the outside or inside. If you were to run your fingers through its interior, you could find sharp edges sometimes. The Police and Wingmaster, however, have smooth burrs because they are processed through a vibratory deburring tank. That is why more machine marks can be found on the Express shotgun and why it is a little bit rougher on the inside. On the upside, the Express should eventually get smoother as you continue to use it regularly. As for the outside of the Police and Wingmaster shotguns, the polish used on them helped remove most of the machine marks before its finishing was applied. The finish on the Express still reveals its machine marks, though.
All three models have some similarities. They all contain the same receiver that was forged and milled. All their internal components are heavy-duty material to ensure their long lifespan. This is a lifespan that lasts for about 250,000 rounds on each of the three models. But if you have a shotgun with an aluminum frame, the lifespan will likely be about 70,000 rounds instead.
Remington 870 Wingmaster with Left Handed Safety Button
Remington 870 Wingmaster with Left Handed Safety Button from Remington 870 Forum:
1970’s PD trade-in Wingmaster
– New production 870P 18.5″ IC barrel
– Remington +2 magazine extension
– Surefire 618FGA forend
– Speedfeed IV-S stock
– GG&G front slide plate
– 870P heavy carrier dog spring
– Fortmann’s left-handed safety
1978 Remington 870 Wingmaster
1978 Wingmaster with 18.5 Mossberg barrel and Remington +2 extention from Rob65 from Remington 870 Forum:
Remington 870 Wingmaster Stock and Forend
Remington 870 Wingmaster Stock and Forend. Very nice set:
Beautiful Remington 870 Wingmaster
tom has posted very nice photos of his brand new Remington 870 Wingmaster on Remington 870 forum:
Had already decided on Express, but after seeing the new Wingmaster – it just won me over. So, here is my brand new (at the moment fired 0 times) 870 Wingmaster (12 gauge magnum). Going to take it apart later, clean it up and then spend some time tomorrow at the range.
Looks lovely and I was surprised it actually came with a Limbsaver recoil pad from factory. The chamber looks rather rough, but I don’t have anything to compare it to (your thoughts)? Also, I noticed the bolt face had some red markings on it which I cleaned up, guessing from some testing at the factory.
Order No. 26927
Action Type Pump
Average Weight (lbs.) 7
Barrel Length (in.) 28″
Drop (Comb) 1 1/2″
Drop (Heel) 2 1/2″
Length of Pull (in.) 14 1/4″
Mag Cap 4
Overall Length (in.) 48 1/2″
Receiver Finish High Polish Blue
Sights Twin Bead
Stock Finish Hi-Gloss
Stock Material American Walnut
Barrel Type Light Contour
Vent Rib Rem -Choke