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Old December 5th, 2016, 07:28 PM   #1
 
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Talking $120 off a Remington 870 at Wally World!

So, as documented in this thread... How's Remington 870 quality nowadays?

... I've been looking for a low-cost, field grade pump shotgun. Waffling back and forth between different makes, I finally decided that I'm sticking with the Remington 870 design I've been using for several decades, and walked into Walmart today with $280 burning a hole in my pocket for the basic Express model.

The clerk is really helpful and I tell him I want a 12 ga / 26" model. He comes back out after a long time saying he had to search high and low for a 26" but found one. In the meantime I'm filling out the FFL paperwork. He has opened the box and I've glanced to see that it looks OK from a distance but haven't really inspected it yet. We get done with the paperwork and he's paging a manager to come complete the sale and he says, "oh crap, it's a 20 gauge". So then he and the manager spend 15 minutes trying to figure out how to void that sale and decide I'd have to fill out all the FFL paperwork again for a second transaction, then he goes back to try and find a 26" barrel 12 gauge Express.

After another long time he comes out with a box, so I'm thinking he's been successful. Not quite. The only 26" barrel gun is a 3.5" Super Magnum with the realtree camo gun. I shoulder it and it actually feels lighter and more nimble than the Express plywood version, so I say that's great dude, but it's a $400+ gun and I was expecting to pick up a $280 one.

So he says no problem, he'll sell me this one for $280 for all my trouble.

I know it's not like I got a $2000 over/under or anything, but $120 off a gun is still pretty nice. This feels a good half pound lighter than the plywood Express and, while I've never been in the market for a 3.5" super magnum 12 gauge, I suppose that could always come in handy for steel shot geese loads.

Not bad!
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Very nice score, you did well.
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But, but, but Walmart is a large multinational corporation that is pure evil. They offer no customer service and only want your money. Sounds like you proved that myth wrong. Glad that you found someone helpful and you got a 30% discount for a little bit of trouble. Looks like you got a great deal. Enjoy it.
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But, but, but Walmart is a large multinational corporation that is pure evil. They offer no customer service and only want your money. Sounds like you proved that myth wrong. Glad that you found someone helpful and you got a 30% discount for a little bit of trouble. Looks like you got a great deal. Enjoy it.
Thanks! Yeah people bad-mouth Walmart and whine about them not paying a "living wage" but not all jobs are intended to be your career from high school to retirement. I worked at Walmart for a couple years in college and thought the training and pay was good for a kid still building his resume.

I don't generally buy guns there but I do try to spread the love around to include small gun shops, big gun shops, online sales and big-box sporting goods stores. I want to give Walmart a share of my business because I want gun sales to remain profitable for them.
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Good deal! It looks nice!
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Good deal! Looks like a nice 870 - we have a couple of 870s here and have been very happy with them.

I also have good memories of my time spent working at Wal-Mart. It was my first real job - worked there three summers in a row, last two years of high school and first year of college. First two summers I unloaded trucks, stocked shelves, swept the front sidewalk every morning, rounded up carts, helped load big stuff for people, etc. Last summer I was one of the checkout supervisors and learned more about the business side of the store. It was a very good experience at $3.35 per hour. Sam Walton even visited the store once and I got to meet him and shake his hand. Back then Wal-Mart was just a midwest chain and had less than 400 stores. The things I learned there have stuck with me throughout my working life - retail, merchandising, staffing, payroll, how to work a register, how to count back change, and other best practices in that business environment. And I learned I didn't want to work in retail my whole life, perhaps the best lesson of all........
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Turning into a Walmart memories thread. I learned a lot about marketing. I was stocking shelves of pork and beans and had a ton of extra boxes I didn't want to find a place to store in the back, so I decided to build a big pyramid of them in the wide aisle and put a sign on them with the regular price of something like 35 or 40 cents.

Whatever the price was wasn't a sale. It was just the normal price. But it was such a cheap product in the first place that people thought it was a sale or a good deal. Or maybe I just refreshed their memory that they hadn't had Van Camps in a long time. The customers decimated that six-foot stack of bean cans in about two hours.
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Winner, winner.

Sounds like you got a good deal.

The 870 is really hard to beat. And while you probably don't need that 3.5" chamber all of the time, it's really nice when you must use steel shot.

The 870 is one of those iconic designs that I think a lot of people take for granted because they are so common. There's a reason it has been in continuous production for 65 years and over 12 million have been made !
Like a Piper Cub, a Cessna 172, a VW beetle or a S&W model 10; there's a reason they had long production runs. THEY WORKED !
If you ever get deep inside the 870 you will see the genius of the design. Remington found ways to keep production costs low without sacrificing quality. It's inexpensive but not cheap . In fact the 870 is incredibly durable and reliable.

The trigger housing isn't steel but it doesn't need to be! The trigger housing itself will not rust and it's lighter than one made from steel. Forged steel and machined parts are used where they are needed and less expensive stamped steel parts are used where they can be used. The design is both very simple and efficient. The design uses a minimal number of parts. The bolt locks to a barrel extension which allows the receiver to be simpler, lighter and less expensive to produce. It also allows for barrels to be switched out easily. The shape of the stock, the shape of the receiver and the dimensions of the gun in general are remarkable in terms of ergonomics. The Remington engineers came up with a basic shape that fit a huge cross section of people. A 870 may not fit 100% of the people but it fits a lot of people well enough to work. In fact, that same basic shape went on to be used in other Remington guns and I think they did a pretty good job of meeting the needs of their customers.

Enjoy your new gun !
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Thanks P&P.

And oh by the way, I am aware of claims by some internet experts that the pattern of my 2 3/4 upland game loads may degrade in a 3 1/2" chamber. I thought about that as the guy was offering me the free upgrade to the super magnum. But I figured in the end the real test will be me putting some pellets on the patterning board. If it patterns fine, then I am good to go. If not I could flip it in a day for a profit.
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Great shopping experience! Thanks for sharing that 1 in a million experience. Lucky dog!!!!
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I have been a 870 fan and owner for over 50 years, and I think that Petrol and Powder did a great job of describing the reasons for the success of the 870 shotgun! I think that the camo paint on your shotgun serves multiple purposes. First of all, it serves the job of blending the shotgun in with the background, while at the same time it provides rust protection as well. Great score on your new 870 and I am sure it will serve you well.
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Thanks P&P.

And oh by the way, I am aware of claims by some internet experts that the pattern of my 2 3/4 upland game loads may degrade in a 3 1/2" chamber. ...............
I've heard the same claims and can't definitively say one way or another.
It could be true but to such a small degree that it doesn't matter.
It could be false and just an excuse for someone that misses a lot.
It could be true with some loads.
I really don't know.
It would seem to me with a modern plastic wad/shot cup that it wouldn't make a huge difference. It's possible some of the pellets could get damaged as the shot column passes by the end of the chamber and that could open the pattern up. I don't really know.
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Good deal! Looks like a nice 870 - we have a couple of 870s here and have been very happy with them.

I also have good memories of my time spent working at Wal-Mart. It was my first real job - worked there three summers in a row, last two years of high school and first year of college. First two summers I unloaded trucks, stocked shelves, swept the front sidewalk every morning, rounded up carts, helped load big stuff for people, etc. Last summer I was one of the checkout supervisors and learned more about the business side of the store. It was a very good experience at $3.35 per hour. Sam Walton even visited the store once and I got to meet him and shake his hand. Back then Wal-Mart was just a midwest chain and had less than 400 stores. The things I learned there have stuck with me throughout my working life - retail, merchandising, staffing, payroll, how to work a register, how to count back change, and other best practices in that business environment. And I learned I didn't want to work in retail my whole life, perhaps the best lesson of all........
I was walmart salaried management until october. I was asked to work instead of the usual 65 hours a week to expect 80 plus hours a week until after Christmas and to expect to work 68 hours from 6 am Thanks giving until 11:59 that Sunday. I said at 60 and needing a new hip I was unable. No problem no job.
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