I used to buy alot of used, PD 12 gauge 870 Riot Guns in the $125-150 range.... those days are sure gone. I think that Wingmasters got caught up in the recent Black Gun Price Surge because the last good 870 - 12 I saw for sale was $350.
I think that if you can live with the medium bore 20, then the price is pretty fair.... especailly if the gun is a Walnut Stocked, Polished Finish gun.
Birch stocked 20's in the matt finish? well, then not so much but still an okay price.
I decided to get the 870. I thank everyone who responded. Especially you Dave, at the crack of dawn.
Then a funny thing happened to me. It has actually happened before. I stopped at another gun shop to look at used .22s. As I was looking, I found an 870 in better condition. It was a 20 gauge as well. It was also 19 dollars less after haggling.
They are both birch with matte finish, but I am happy with them. I'll keep one and give my dad the other. He wanted a 20 gauge single shot for varmints on the farm. I don't think he'll mind being upgraded.
One question though. Why is the top safety different? Is there a lock on the safety button?
Though the 870 Express shotgun is a cheapened model, without the walnut stock and nice finish, it is still a good, dependable, well made shotgun. If you want a shotgun for HD or hunting, it's just as good as the fancy model!
I do prefer the looks of a nice 870 Wingmaster. But, for field use, the cheaper Express model is all the shotgun that I need. That said.......I'll stick with my old Ithaca 37 20 ga.! It's all that I need. Bob
If I was out for a new shotgun, and couldn't find a nice one used, I would probably buy a 20ga Remington 870 Express at WALMART. It's the best deal around here. They usually have specials on 2 barrel 870 Express during the fall. The most bang.....for the buck!!!! Bob