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Remington used to advertise that the 870 wingmaster receiver was machined from a solid block of steel and there were no stamped parts. Yesterday I looked at an 870 tactical 12 ga. and the receiver looked like it was stamped. I compared it to an older used 870 and they did not look the same. Does anyone know it Remington has changed the way the receivers are made?
 

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Have you contacted Remington concerning this matter ?

We can only guess since we had no hand in production. Since Remington made the part why not go directly to the source. Then let the rest of us know. :)
 

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870 Express Tactical Magpul
Overview:

No task is too demanding and no challenge is too intense with our rugged, ultra-dependable and ever-expanding selection of tactical shotguns. Our lineup keeps growing to serve the needs of law enforcement, the military, competitive shooters and people defending their homes and loved ones.

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Key Features:

Tried and true 870 receiver milled from solid steel
18.5" barrel with extended tactical choke tube
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One piece magazine tube
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SGA Magpul stock
Spacer system for length of pull adjustment
Cheek risers for use with optics/raised sights
MOE fore-end with improved grip ergonomics
SuperCell™ pad reduces felt recoil by over 50%
 

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I've got a wingmaster receiver and an 870 express I thought about changing them out because the older one does indeed look better
 

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They've always been milled. They changed some of the internals to less expensive stamped parts, but the receivers have always been milled steel. They did downsize the 20 ga receiver to a proprietary size dimensioned just for the 20 ga shell to cut weight. It was formerly built on the 12 ga receiver and obviously a bit heavier because the smaller bore required to utilize .20 ga.
 
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