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I have heard that the early Remington 870 16 gauges were built on the 20 gauge action ? Is this correct or were they all built on the 12 gauge action?


Re: Early manufactured 870's [Re: woods_walker] #15984776 04/11/21
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Originally Posted by woods_walker
I have heard that the early Remington 870 16 gauges were built on the 20 gauge action ? Is this correct or were they all built on the 12 gauge action?


My corncob 16 gauge is very light and slim. I'd say 20ga frame.

BTW, I'll be selling it soon. I can't use it anymore with my boogered left arm.


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Re: Early manufactured 870's [Re: woods_walker] #15988680 04/13/21
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At introduction in 1950 ALL 3 gauges were produced on a single (12 Bore) frame Light weight variants in 20 and later 28 and .410 appeared 25+ years later.
The fit , finish, and choke boring of those early guns was very high quality, especially in light of the price.

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Originally Posted by mel5141
At introduction in 1950 ALL 3 gauges were produced on a single (12 Bore) frame Light weight variants in 20 and later 28 and .410 appeared 25+ years later.
The fit , finish, and choke boring of those early guns was very high quality, especially in light of the price.



Thank you

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L2 does your 16 g. 870 have a rib and what is the choke.. I might be interested??


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The lightness of the early 16 gauges is all in the barrels. The late model 16’s were pigs with 12ga steel rated (thicker) barrels bored to 16ga.

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I Think a 20 GA. Frame.

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All early ones (pre early 1970's I think) were on a 12 ga frame. The lighter feeling was the smaller barrels on the 20 and 16. I have a first year 20 ga and a first year 12 ga. Everything the same other than barrel. I think the early 20 ga guns are much smoother and better built. But you do have to look a lot harder to find replacement barrels since they are not interchangeable with the later 20 ga frame ones.

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I have a first year 12, 12mag, 20, and 16. Another buddy of mine has a very early serial numbered 12 with the corn cob and it is much lighter than mine.. I haven't been able to figure it out


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