A fellow workmate found out that I just purchased a 870 Super Mag and had been shooting targets with it for some pre-season shooting. He told me that he'd been kicking around buying the 11-87 Super Mag with the black synthetic stock for some time and wanted to act soon.
He asked if I wanted to go along to a local shop near work because he's handles Remingtons and knows I'm somewhat a fan. They had both the SPS and the Sportsman versions there and I (and he) don't know or could figure out what is differences between these two guns because they appear to be identical. Hey, I don't know everything but, I can't see why there is around a $200 difference in MSRP and the same approximate difference between the two even in real sticker price. Getting info from the clerk was like pulling teeth, he truly knew little to nothing.
The only differences I'd seen were slightly different checkering (pressing/molding) if that is what you want to call it, SPS has (3) choke tubes & Sportsman has (1), and SPS has a mid bead. I just don't see where this added up to $200 in the full picture, I have to be missing or overlooking something big.
I'm open to hear any guesses or facts about it. The Sportsman seem to be the one that is generally on sale at the Dick's, Calela's and BPS's. I can't be the only one who has noticed this. I went as far as calling Remington at breaktime because my curiosity level is up, was a waste of time because customer service persons are not technical they just read from the product guide and the internet source that anyone can access, you get a major run around in trying to get in touch with someone technical and never get through. Heck, maybe those few things add up to that. You can buy alot of choke tubes for $200.