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870 Wingmaster 20 gauge Manf 1953 Price

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Hungarian, Oct 3, 2011.

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  1. Hungarian

    Hungarian TS Member

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    Asking for some help with price and identification. I have an 870 wingmaster made in 1953. It's 20 gauge and at least 95% condition with fixed modified non ribbed barrel. When looking this up there is references to light weight 20 gauges. How do I know if this is just a regular model or a light weight model. Is there a marking I should be looking for? And what would the modern price on this be? I have a blue book but its from 1981 and lists it at $175. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. OldGoat

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    I still have and use the 870 Wingmaster 20 ga. my parents got me for Christmas in 1953 or 54? Remington did not make lightweight 20 ga. Wingmasters until much later than 1953...probably in the 1960s or 70s. Yours most likely has a chrome shell lifter in the receiver which is basically a 12 ga. receiver frame fitted with a 20 ga. barrel. The magazine tube is large (12 ga. size) as is the barrel hanger ring. The forend is probably a model 31 type - some call them "corn cob" forends, but they have circular groves around them to grip. A 95% gun depending on who is doing the grading should be worth $200 to $300. Mine is priceless. Best Regards, Ed
     
  3. timberfaller

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    The Std. weight magazine's tube ring will allow a 25 cent piece(quarter) to pass through.

    If a quarter will go through the barrel ring on yours, you have what is called a "Standard Weight" model.

    They are in my book the best 20 gauge pumps Remington ever made.

    I think Remington stopped production in 1973 on the Std. weight model and stopped making barrels for them in 1978. Not positive, but thats what I have been told.

    It would not be a hard choice to make if I was offered a Brand New 870 or a Std weight used. I would take the Std. Weight, hands down.

    $300 the going price in great shape.
     
  4. mag410

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    The link is to an article on the history of the Remington 870. It says the LW20 came out in 1972.

    Michael
     
  5. Hungarian

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    Thanks for the help and information, I appreciate it.
     
  6. superxjeff

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    Neat gun but sadly millions were made so not a whole bunch of value but priceless non the less. Far better then any 870 made today. I am also of the opinion that the standard weight 20ga is the best 20ga they ever built. Jeff
     
  7. timberfaller

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    I still have 2 I am trying sell.

    need money for more trap stuff!!

    Just PM me if interested.
     
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