It has one of the best patterning barrels ever made, but make sure the bore and choke have not been modified. Bores are usually in the .740+ range and choke is usually in the .036+ range. Check it with a bore gauge. Bob
some will say it is a great gun and some not. My experience from owning one is they do shoot a great pattern, recoil is not enough less than a reg 870 and they break ( parts are getting harder to find) so why would you want that. Pain to clean also. ( I see them coming down in price and getting a little hard to sell
In the spring of 1959, just after I got done serving my 24 months in the Army, I purchased a "Put-to-gather Remington 870 Trap from Mr. Moneymaker.
He showed and told me where it was marked "870TC"' and not to pay any attention to what it's marked. Just shoot it. And believe me I did.
Fifteen years or so later my son used it on the High School trap team.
Another few years went by, I wanted my Granddaughter to use it when she shot on the HS Team but it was bit large for her. Instead she shot a Remington trap grade 1100. This is the last year for her HS trap shooting.
So say what you want about the Remington's, they served us will.
I've owned three and was advised by the remington rep to keep the mag cap tight to prevent cracking, I used soft jaw pliers to crank it tight. I shot them at games with heavy loads and never had a problem. I would say they are easier to clean and stay clean longer than a 1100 which are maintenance hogs.
for those who believe they need to sell before the "bottom falls out", I will be the good guy and offer .50 on the dollar. I'll take them all, you know, just to make sure you guys don't get stuck with any. dollar for dollar you can't do better than a 870 comp. Jack
Hi Mac and others,
a freind of mine is looking for threads on the subject of "870 competition barrels, the best made". Do you know of any threads on TS that coroborate the claim??
BTW, I have one, best investment I've made in a while.
I also have a local gunsmith who fixed a friends 'Cracked Receiver', 1.5" long. welded, reblued and not visable, truly a 'master craftsman repair', $100. The friend did not know to KEEP THE ENDCAP TIGHT. Time will tell if the weld holds.
I don't know much about the 870 comp but yrs ago we had a young boy (14) shoot a 870 field and he ran 100ds straight with it----Sad to say he died with an unusal disease---He would have been great----The 870 has proven itself for many [email protected]
I have had a couple of 870 Comp's over the years and really like them, except that they aren't too fun to clean. A few years ago I decided to put together an 870 that would be close to a Comp. and shoot the same.
I put together an 870tb receiver with a spare Comp. stock I had and then purchased a used overbored step-rib barrel that measures .745 with .38 of choke. It is a fixed full choke barrel and bore and choke are identical to the factory Comp. barrel. I believe these barrels are really the same, some made for the Comp. and some for the 870TC of the same vintage.
I took out the magazine spring and put a homemade recoil device in there instead consisting of a couple of springs and sliding steel weight of around 7oz. This made it into a single shot. The Comp. stock and step-rib barrel gives exactly the same dimensions and sight picture as the factory Comp. and the recoil device makes the gun very comfortable to shoot. The Comp. stock is different that any other 870 stock with a slightly higher comb.
I have shot this gun a lot am very pleased with its performance. And cleaning it doesn't get my hands dirty.
other variations between the "Comp" and the Wingmaster 870 of that same vintage;
*) matted finish on top of the receiver
*) highest factory issued stock - no Monte Carlo
*) front and middle beads on rib
*) step rib vs flat
*) cut checkering vs pressed
*) longer forearm extends back over the action 1/4" with action closed
*) no grip cap
*) "Competition" etched into the right side of the receiver