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I was planning on buying my son a new 870 for Christmas and was quite surprised to find that Remington was out of business and you can no longer find the most popular gun ever made...
Any thoughts on where I can find an 870, or thoughts on a suitable replacement?
Keep in mind that this is a meat gun for a young boy, so I'm not looking for anything too nice. Just a basic functioning pump 12 gauge.
 
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I'm a big fan of my BPS, but one will cost a bit more than the basic 870. It's sleek and very smooth, plus it's ambidextrous, if that's any concern. Winchester's new pump looks decent and handles well (haven't shot one). And there's always Mossberg, which are built like tanks but a bit clunky. I've shot the heck out of a 500 turkey model.


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You might also start searching the pawn shops. Most usually have a stack of them.


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Thanks guys. I've thought about the Mossberg option. Just had a buddy years ago that had 9 levels of hell with his and it left a bad taste in my mouth toward them. I'll hit the pawn shops too. Already very familiar with 870, so here's hoping.
 
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Daniel,

Sportsman's Warehouse has what I think is a lot of pump gun for the money. it's a TRI STAR for $250. Look at it on line.

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Posts: 11828 | Location: LAS VEGAS, NV USA | Registered: 04 August 2002Reply With Quote
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I'm a big fan of the Browning BPS pump. It's bottom load and bottom ejection, ambidextrous, has beautiful wood, fit and finish, and a top tang safety. Years ago, I was buying a pump shotgun for my oldest son and shopped around. Decided on a Winchester pump shotgun because it was inexpensive. It had to be ordered, but never arrived(I was told that a shipment of firearms left Texas for the store but never arrived.) For me, that was actually fortuitous. I started looking at other options. I was shown the Browning BPS pump and purchased it for him. Since then, I've purchased all of my boys a BPS. I also own two myself. The only other alternative that I would choose would be an Ithaca Model 37. It's like anything else in the world. Get something that will last a lifetime and that you won't regret purchasing each and every time you look at it and think about the alternatives. But, if you're not interested in looks, or the alternatives that the BPS offers, and only in a meat gun, then the Mossberg would do just fine. Just my two centavos worth.
 
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I am of the opinion if you want an inexpensive starter gun for a kid, getting a 12 or 20 ga. used gun is the best bet.

Generally with a bit of shopping you can find a cosmetically challenged high end gun for peanuts and not feel bad about modifying it for right LOP, etc.

A gas operated 20 ga autoloader generally is the best at reduced recoil, a 12 ga pump is most reliable mechanically, and both have scads of the less expensive target ammo around, so the kids get more opportunity to practice with the gun.
 
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Recently made 870's are garbage. I know, I work at a former Remington service center. The older ones are the best, but now there is no source of replacement parts. I vote for the BPS too. Only seen one in the shop in six years. Tristars are a crap shoot, you will get a good one or a not so good one. But their service department is very good and they'll make it right. Their gas operated 20 gauge is good starter gun.
 
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We went ahead and got him a Stoeger p3500 with a camo finish today. Btw, this was his step up gun. He's been shooting a 20 gauge Win pump for 5 years. I thought that I'd given Christmas plenty of lead time, but, honestly, this was only the 3rd 12 gauge pump that we were able to put hands on and let him shoulder, and we had to drive 45 minutes just to see it. Local gun shops and even big box type stores are simply sold out in my area. Went to a couple of pawn shops, but the pretty much wanted new gun prices, (and even more than new gun prices at one shop) for used guns. Just couldn't see doing that, so...
Thanks for the input guys. I would have been interested in the Browning BPS too, if we could have found one.
Fwiw, the other two that we were able to find were a Win SXP and Yildiz. The Win SXP was going to be my choice, until we actually handled it. The forearm on that thing was loose and felt like I could crush it with my hand. Not a very good feeling for a pump. The Yildiz was a bit clunky (expected) but the pump comes all the way back to the trigger guard in a fairly odd way and my son didn't feel comfortable with it. I think he was worried he'd hit his trigger hand with the pump. Anyway, thanks again and now we just need some ducks to fly down.
 
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Sportsman's Warehouse has what I think is a lot of pump gun for the money. it's a TRI STAR for $250. Look at it on line.

Mark


A buddy of mine who's a 25 year veteran duck guide recommended the Tri Star. We just couldn't find one, but I was certainly open to it.
I don't think I have ever seen a gun wipeout like we're having. Places that would normally have 100 guns behind the counter have 8. It's ridiculous!
 
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Recently made 870's are garbage. I know, I work at a former Remington service center. The older ones are the best, but now there is no source of replacement parts. I vote for the BPS too. Only seen one in the shop in six years. Tristars are a crap shoot, you will get a good one or a not so good one. But their service department is very good and they'll make it right. Their gas operated 20 gauge is good starter gun.


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The Win SXP was going to be my choice, until we actually handled it. The forearm on that thing was loose and felt like I could crush it with my hand. Not a very good feeling for a pump.

That's disappointing, but not surprising. My first shotgun was a Winchester 1300. It has about a million rounds through it, and just bagged a few pheasants with it this season. It's a quality, American-made gun from when they did that. Ever since they started making pump guns in Turkey, the quality went downhill.
 
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My 1st shotgun was a single shot Stevens in 410. But that was back in the dark ages. I'm sorry to hear the bad reports on the 870; that was always a premier shotgun that you could totally rely upon. Mine however are from an earlier era. I have an Ithica 37 that is sweet as well. Glad you found something for your son for Christmas. That has been a tradition of mine to my boys for many years.


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My son got his first few mallards this past weekend and 3 Canada Geese. He's pretty stoked. FWIW, the gun did jam a few times, but I know he didn't bring the pump all the way back on those, so we'll just call it the learning curve and breaking the new gun in. Thanks for the help guys.
 
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If I was looking for a pump gun, I'd go Win Model 12 or Ithaca model 37. These would be used guns, but they hardly ever wear out... they just get smoother.
 
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