Remington 870 for clays

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Jackman, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Thinking about a Remington 870 for clays, 28 inch barrel , wood stocks, flat matte finish 279 dollars, the sales man says the 870 is popular with the clay shooters and also says the black matte finish rust very easy , the Mossberg 500 is my second choice but that wobbly forward stock really is a turn off. Any opinions?
  2. myfriendis410

    myfriendis410 Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lompoc California
    Look for a good used 870 in a Wingmaster. My best friend bought one for $300 just last year so they're out there. I agree the 870 Express is awful for rusting.



    Jan 29, 2012
    If you are shooting a lot I would go for a 1100. That pump will wear you out after a couple hundred rounds. I know from experience
  4. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Thanks but what is the 1100 :confused:

    Okay got it , the 1100 is the Remington in auto.

    After a search pretty much decided to buy the 870, seems like a nice starter for a 16 year old, we did want a O/U but there a bit pricey where in the under 500 dollar range.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  5. spuznick242

    spuznick242 New Member

    Oct 4, 2012
    Eastern PA
    I'm a huge fan of my 870 express, 28" barrel, flat black, I would buy another if I was to get a deal on it, it was my first clay gun and its my favorite, it'll wear you out, but shooting all day will wear anyone out at first. The 1100 is a good auto loader, been around for 40 years or so I think. I've seen them in my area locally comparitive in price but usually priced above good 870s.
  6. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    nc mountains
    Nothing wrong with the 870. Not like your shooting heavy loads at skeet or for fun matchs - sporting clays. That 1100 will set you back some bucks. BUY USED if you can. Look for a nice older 870 with changeable choke tubes, even a well use but taken care of shotgun will be fine. You don't really want the newest versions. Older ones are simple smoother and that makes for a better working shotgun. Same goes for the mossy 500. Old ones run very fluid. The express- just get some brakefree clp and when not useing it give it a good heavy coat for a few times and let it sit that way. It does soak in after a while and will control any moisture with just normal serviceing. Also does not wipe off or dry up like some oils. Allways a little left behind.
  7. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    My son loves his 870. We shoot trap every week end. He has a remington 1100 trap but still likes his 870 more. I have a mossberg 535 that I was using for trap and never had any issues with it. Both have thousands of rounds through them with no issues.

    I now have a ruger red label over under but still shoot the mossberg every so often.
  8. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    +1 for the 870 and a Wingmaster if you can. It's all I ever use for skeet
  9. CloserangeReaper

    CloserangeReaper New Member

    Oct 20, 2012
    Beaufort, NC
    I shoot clays with my 870 with 18.5" barrel with cylinder bore. I snap shoot them for practice and have no issue with working the pump, even to hit multiple clays at once. Only thing that wears me out about shooting clays with my 870 is that it will work on your shoulder after awhile.
  10. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Well I bought the 870 Express :), its a nice looking firearm lamenated stocks with nice pattern :), feels right and the action also feels good and tight too :cool:, the flat matte finish :bleh: will take some getting used to right now I wish it was regular bluing, havent fired it yet but we will have at some clays this weekend:D
  11. vaskeet

    vaskeet Member

    Feb 27, 2012
    If you are shooting for fun a 870 is fine but if you want to get serious its far from the best choice Randy
  12. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    but shooting a perfect round with a pump is just more satisfying!

    O/U is the only real 'serious shooter' option for skeet though, auto's jam and pumps, well, ya gotta pump them which detracts just a bit from getting onto your second target on doubles. But it can be done no matter what you use if you practice well enough.

    There's the old saying, 'beware of the man with only one gun, for he knows how to use it very well!'

    the 870 is a fine workhorse that fills many roles, that's why I own three! Just hands down the best 'standard' shotgun out there IMO
  13. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Geez you guys are tough :rolleyes:, yeah I know the 870 is not the best, we shoot for fun nothing serious just fun , the 870 with rebate is 300 dollars not bad compared to a low end O/U that start at 599 dollars........ I have 100 rds and 90 clays tomorro if the rain holds off we have fun yepeeeeeeee;)
  14. pdg929

    pdg929 Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    remington 1100 or 1187 great all around guns for clays and hunting if you wanted to go that route... by me dicks had the 1187 on sale for about 599
  15. Jackman

    Jackman Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    I have plans to have a Remington 1100 at some point , we shot 100 rds today first time shooting clays at a official trap and skeet range it was a blast we hit a lot and missed a lot but did way better than we did with my single shot Savage it was a good day 130 clays tossed cost 48 dollars :)
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