Several months ago I changed jobs, and in doing so, ended up adding an entirely new area of north Texas to my daily routine. Early on, I would take my lunch break and drive around the surrounding areas to “explore” not only lunch options, but also to just familiarize myself with the local community and businesses that were now nearby. One day after lunch I was driving back to the office and came across a small pawn shop with a sign that was actually bigger than the building itself. I went inside. They had the typical pawn shop items available, which meant that they didn’t have much that I was interested in buying for myself. However, they did have an old Remington 870 Wingmaster tucked away in the corner….I had to take a look.
It was old- I didn’t write down the serial number to research later, but I knew by looking at it that it was old. I actually dismissed it after holding it for only a couple of seconds. My lunch break was getting longer than I’d wanted, so I needed to go.
The Remington 870 shotgun is one of the most loved and adored shotgun models in the world. Although there are multiple versions of the Remington 870 available, nothing beats the design of the classic 870 models. That is why the restoration of these older Remington 870 is essential in order to preserve their high-quality design and functionality. The two biggest flaws you’ll find with an old Remington 870 is rust and damage to the exterior and interior. Rust generally accumulates on the metal components of the weapon because the previous owner failed to lubricate the weapon on a regular basis to maintain it. More than likely, a Remington 870 in this condition has not been fired in many years. And if there is damage to the weapon, it could be old damage which somebody caused and then just discarded the shotgun because they didn’t want to bother fixing it.
Rich Lynch was very kind to write a how-to article about restoration of a Remington 870 Wingmaster shotgun. I am more than happy to share it with you:
“Brilliant. I’ve just bought 3 kilograms of rust, with a lump of wood on the end” I said to myself as I opened up the bundle that’d just been handed to me, wrapped up in an old dirty bathroom towel.
I’d been keeping an eye out for a restoration project for myself for a while now, and when I was offered a 1954 Remington 870 Wingmaster for next to nothing, I jumped at the chance. It was sold as “old, beaten up, put away wet and rusted to hell.” That sounded a little like me after a heavy night on the town, but for that price, I was keen to give it a go.