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 Post subject: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 5:35 pm 
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I have an 878 automaster. Can anyone tell me if the model 1100 barrels will work on this gun?<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :| --><img src=http://www.shotgunworld.com/rating.gif ALT=":|"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 6:33 pm 
HAVE TO CHECK THE BOOKS ON THAT ONE ? NEVER HEARD OF IT!<br><br>HOW ABOUT A MANUFACTER?<br>I WILL GET BACK TO YOU!<br><br>SORRY<br>RON KONTOWSKY<br><!--EZCODE EMOTICON START 8o --><img src=http://www.shotgunworld.com/sglogo5.gif ALT="8o"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 9:39 pm 
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The 878 was made by remington and is gas operated.<br>870 barrels can be fired on this one but obviously because they have no gas port it wont work the action and eject the shell. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2003 12:17 pm 
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NO NO! The Model 58 Sportman barrels will interchange, however. <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2003 8:35 am 
C.G.,<br> Thank you for carrying me on that question! since the gun only ran from 1959-1962 , have never seen one of these cross my bench.<br><br>thanks again<br>RON KONTOWSKY<br><!--EZCODE EMOTICON START 8o --><img src=http://www.shotgunworld.com/sglogo5.gif ALT="8o"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p></p><i></i>


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2003 6:51 pm 
I have an remington 878 automaster, can anyone tell me its value?


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2003 2:27 am 
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Gas ports can be drilled in a 870 barrel and it will work on a 878. I know cause I did one for a customer a few years back.

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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2003 6:59 pm 
ken wrote:
I have an remington 878 automaster, can anyone tell me its value?


Did any one find out the value of the 878 remington?

John


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2004 11:36 pm 
whc@trib.com wrote:
ken wrote:
I have an remington 878 automaster, can anyone tell me its value?


Did any one find out the value of the 878 remington?

John[/quote

They don't have much value. I really don't know why because only 63,500 were make between 1959 and 1963 starting with serial no. 1001. The blue book shows only about $250.00 at 100%. I have five of them. I have had one for 45 years.


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 6:09 pm 
Hi, I just joined the site and noticed yall talking about the 878 automaster. One of you wouldn't happen to know where I can get a barrel for one of them do you? I've found a couple but I could buy a new gun for the price they're asking.


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 3:35 pm 
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I have an 878 that I have been thinking about selling. It is in nice shape but has the polychoke barrel. Is the Model 58 barrell a direct replacement? If I could get a regular ribbed barrel for it I may keep it. As far as the value, I have seen two sell on auction sites recently, one for $80, the other for just over $100 so not much.


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 9:39 pm 
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holy flip!
i worked on the 878 decades ago. the 1100 totally eclipsed it, mainly because of the 1100's ability to fire the new, at that time, short magnums. short mags WILL KILL an automaster. never use anything past 3 3/4 x 1 1/4, and those sparingly. the 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 is about all the automaster should be subjected to regularly. an 870 barrel will indeed fit, when gas ports are drilled. if you damage the automaster's gas piston, replacements are about what the gun is worth! keept it's obsolete gas system clean, and shoot light stuff in it.


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:21 am 
Hello

My Grandfather left me a 878 and over the years, the barrel was stolen off the gun, not the whole gun but the barrel. Where can I get another barrel for this shotgun


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:14 am 
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sidney. the address below MAY have your barrel
http://www.gunpartsspecialist.com/shotg ... start.html
if not, call the 58 sportsman, 616-235-0295, 824 emerald ave ne, grand rapids mi., 49503. it seems to me that the 870 barrel may be used on that gun, when gas ports are drilled in the barrel. talk to the 58 sportsman, he specialises in the older remington gaspipes. talk to him about the ammo to use in that gun. it sems to me that the 3 3/4x 1 1/4 is the absolute maximum for that gun, and only to be used sparingly. the 3 1/4x 1 1/4 will be much easier on your gun. it seems that the 58 barrel might work on your gun, but i think they made a running change in the gun, i.e., an early and late model. i used to work on these guns many moons ago, but diabetes, (and trap shooting!) has impaired my memory!!


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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:01 am 
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I had an 870 barrel drilled for holes by David Snoap in Mich. Great job. I have a 58 with an 870 VR barrel from a wingmaster drilled, it shoots very well. I have been intrigued by the 878. Always wanted one. Seems just like the 58. Outside of the magnum short loads, have they been reliable?? I know where I can pick one up.

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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:38 am 
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This place has a few barrels in stock:

http://www.uniqueguns.com/Barrel%20Lists/12rem58.html

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 Post subject: Re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:56 pm 
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the 878 had a "variable displacement gas piston" which means moving parts in a terrible environment. check your automaster for damage to the piston before you buy. basically, if the gun has been shot extensively, i would pass. do not buy an automaster to shoot the fire out of, parts are pricey. a like new 58 is a much better deal, is still revered by older skeet shooters. kicks less than 1100's. it also will operate with VERY light loads due to its adjustable gas regulator. in my old age, i hesitate to buy shooters that have been discontinued. the way i shoot, i need parts and service accessibility. i no longer buy "safe queens".


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 Post subject: re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:55 am 
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I would be intersted in buying a 878 if anyone has one for sale . My Grandfather passed away last month and bought a shotgun for every grandson . Most of his gun collection was stolen while he was ill , but one Remington 878 AutoMaster was found stored away . The gun was passed to me since I was the first and oldest grandson , however I am wanting to find another 878 so I can mix the parts and restore both and give one to my brother . So if anyone has one , please contact me at rob@digicomtx.com .


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 Post subject: re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:50 pm 
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Hi 53, just this afternoon I was at On Target gun shop in kalamazoo mi and had my hands on one. I was studying it as i was not sure what it was. It is in good to maybe excellent condtion, no cracks in the wood, bluing in good conditon, not worn off. I was impressed with it, the forearm fit was perfect to the barrel, looks like a little used closet queen. I think they wanted $279 for it. Anyhow, call them and good luck.

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 Post subject: re: 878 automaster
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:09 am 
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Ive had one for several years now. Several years back my dad spotted it in a gunshop and told me that was the first gun he ever bought out of his own pocket. He sold it when money got tight when he first married mom. So for X-mas that year I bought that gun for him. Well, it just sat in the safe for years and recently I went though some money issues and had to sell my collection and my dad gave me this gun.

Here's what I found odd, a few weeks back I stopped into another gun shop and they had a 878 and the asking price almost made me faint. They wanted $399 for it, I looked at it and they told me it had probably 95% of the orginal blue but the stock had been refinished. I was still think WHOA, thats pretty high. My gun is obvisouly a higher grade this one had a plan stock and mine is checkered this one had a plain receiver and my had some engraving. I did refinish my receiver with some duracoat finish because someone had did a horrible job trying to gold plate it.

I tell you what though for a light 12ga, that gun has little to no recoil and has sent many bunny's on the death roll. And Ive even shot a few rounds of clay out of it and had my second highest score out of it a 73. Im not that good.

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