Remington 870

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Remington 870 Shotgun The Remington 870 has earned legendary status among gun aficionados. This is the perfect hunting gun, and there’s no question about that. The Remington 870 is arguably the very best pump-action shotgun that money can buy. I bet your dad or your grandpa has one in his collection. You can compare the Mossberg 500 and any other pump-action shotgun on the market with the Remington 870, and it is most likely going to come out on top. Although the Remington 870 has been around since the 1950s, it is still considered in style today. About five different versions of the 870 have been released over the years. The dimensions of the Remington 870 are 46.5 inches by 26 inches. The shotgun has an 18-inch barrel. Some versions have a 20-inch barrel. Although it looks massive, the 870 weighs just over 7 pounds, so you can carry it around conveniently. The Remington is not only used by hunters but also by law enforcement officers across the world. Some people also use this shotgun for home defense. The stock and foregrip of the classic Remington 870 are made of beautiful hardwood, but there are some versions with plastic stock and foregrip. As indicated above, this is a chambered, 12 gauge shotgun. There is also a 20 gauge version. The standard Remington magazine can hold 4+1. There is a magazine extension available for this shotgun, which increases its capacity to 6+1. The newest version of this shotgun, the Remington 870 DM, has a detachable box magazine. This will be the very first shotgun with a removable magazine. The magazine can hold up to 6 rounds. The Remington 870 is designed for 3-inch shells. Some versions of the 870 work with 2.75-inch and 3.5-inch shells. The comb is large enough to rest your cheek on it while you aim. This goes a long way to improve your precision. Some versions of the 870 have a single bead sight. One of the reasons we love the Remington 870 is its excellent design. When you have this shotgun in your hand, you can tell that this is a high-quality weapon. It is easy to hold in a grip, and the action is super smooth. It surprisingly doesn’t have a huge kick. One of the reasons for this is that the butt pad absorbs some of the shock. The Remington 870 comes with a crossbar safety, a trigger guard, and a safety switch. It is easy to take the Remington 870 apart when you want to clean it. All the parts come together easily. The gun tends to work just fine, even if it is not cleaned frequently. However, it is always advisable to maintain your firearms by cleaning and oiling them time-to-time. There are various accessories for the Remington that can improve your accuracy and general experience with this shotgun. The Remington 870 shotgun is a weapon that has stood the test of time; this shotgun is a key part of America's gun history. It is not only durable, but is also very affordable, feels comfortable to use, and is reliable.

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Remington 870 Specs

1 Brand

2 Category

Technical Data


12 Gauge


Pump Action





Gun Type




Barrel Length

18 1/2"


112 oz


48 1/2"

Remington 870 Features

The Remington 870 is a pump-action shotgun chambered in 12 and 20 gauge with a 4-round fixed-tube magazine.  There are many options for barrels with lengths from 18 to 36 inches, and furniture options that can be made of wood or can be composite.  The Remington 870 is as customizable as the AR15 thanks to its highly-modular design.

Remington 870 Ballistics

12 Gauge Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Remington 870 Capacity

Available across 15 overall models, the Remington 870 is offered most commonly with 4 and 5 round magazine tubes, however capacities from 3 to 7 are all available off-the-shelf.  Magazine extensions can be installed by a qualified gunsmith.
The Remington 870’s mobility can differ greatly depending on the specific model you buy.  Different length barrels, telescoping or folding stocks, and other accessories can change the length and weight of a Remington 870 resulting in handling characteristics too diverse to quantify.

Remington 870 Mobility


Remington 870 Ergonomics

Whether the Remington 870 is equipped with a traditional wood stock, a composite stock with a pistol grip, an adapter for a collapsing stock and grip from an AR15, or the handguard is replaced with one of those goofy chainsaw grips, the core controls of the Remington 870 are always in the same place.  The slide release lever is always located along the front of the trigger guard, and the shells are always loaded the same way through the port in the bottom of the receiver.

Remington 870 Fit & Finish

The Remington 870 was introduced to the market in 1950 and has had different finishes throughout the years.  Receivers can be made of beautifully polished blued steel or made of an alloy the firearms industry calls “pot metal” while furniture can be cut from black walnut, laminate wood, or composite materials.  Older models tend to show superior craftsmanship as the newer models are known to have unsightly proud wood and metal finishes that quickly rust and discolor due to Remington changing their finishing techniques
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How much is a Remington 870 worth?

In 2024 a new or used Remington 870 value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Remington 870 and most shotguns. The Price for a Remington 870 has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Remington 870 Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $317.08 $414.65 $487.82
Excellent $292.69 $390.26 $439.04
Very Good $268.30 $390.26 $439.04
Good $243.91 $365.87 $414.65
Fair $170.74 $317.08 $390.26
Poor $121.96 $243.91 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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