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 Post subject: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:16 pm 
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Any 870 pump Special Field model shooters on here? I have 20 and 12 gauge guns and just love them both. They both have 21 inch VR, Remchoke barrels, and are non-magnum receivers.

The Special Field guns go with me almost everywhere I hunt. At present I'm looking for a short, break-down hard case that I can put both of them in so it will be much easier to toss them in the vehicle.

I'm a quail hunting guide and pointing dog trainer at an upland hunting club here in Central Florida and can honestly say in the 8 years I've been working there, I haven't seen another one of these guns come through. I know Remington stopped making them back in 1990 or so, but didn't think they were that rare!

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 Post subject: Re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:49 am 
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I have a 20ga & 12ga 870 SF as well as an 1100 12ga SF and love them all. I have been hunting for an 1100 in 20ga but always am too late to answer the ads. So I ordered an 1187 Upland Special & shot it last week for the first time. The wood is not as nice as the SF's & I'm not so hot on the scroll engraving. But it shoots awesome so I am happy.


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 Post subject: Re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 12:34 am 
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I have a 12ga 870 Special Field and three 12ga 1100 Special Field's and love them, thats why I have so many. I also bought the 1187 Upland Special but sold it one week later, I didn't like the gold trigger and the engraving on it. I bought my first 1100 Special Field in 1984 and still use it every year to hunt. :D


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 Post subject: Re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:53 am 
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Good morning everyone,

I have the 20ga Special Field english stock. Bought it the first
year they came out in 1983 for $300.00.

It is full choke and great for hunting pheasants here in the mid-west. Handles fast, light weight for hunting all day, and compact to store in the pickup.

I really like it, and recommend it to everyone asking about it.

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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:25 pm 
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I just looked at a 870 Special Field 12 ga. with Rem Choke. The barrel is for 2 3/4 and 3" shells (21"). It's very clean and they are asking $279. It does handle very well although it does seem heavy, maybe 7#, despite the smaller size. I think I'll go back tommorow and trade a Browning BPS 12, 26 " IC in on it.


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:10 am 
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Can't help you with a break down hard case but I like the soft canvas "leg o mutton" cases that bass pro sells. They are relativley cheap and are as good as the galco cases.


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:54 am 
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I looked at the Brownings, but they are a bit heavier than a field 870 with a 28" barrel. The Winchester SF was lighter, especially in 20 gauge. If you want to get lightweight, look at a Citori Superlight Feather :shock: 5Lbs 11Oz :lol:

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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:12 pm 
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I used to have a Remington 870 SF in 12 gauge. It was intended to be a rabbit and grouse gun. It was a very nice gun, but I had a heck of a time hitting stuff with it. I suspect I need a longer barrel.

I would like to get one of the Winchester 1300 similar type version and put a 26" barrel on it to use for pheasant grouse rabbits etc mostly for the english style stock.

I have the barrel already, just need to find the rest of the gun :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:11 pm 
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I'm fairly new to SGW and I know I'm getting in late here, but I had nothin better to do then search for other Special Field enthusiasts. I bought my first 870 Special Field 20ga about 12 years ago. Now I have 1100 Special Fields in both 12 and 20 and 870 Special Fields in 12 and 20 as well. Wonderfull shotguns.

I heard they made a few Special Fields in 410 and 28. Does anyone know if that's true? I'd love to get my hands on one.


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 Post subject: Re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:03 pm 
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TennSquire wrote:
Any 870 pump Special Field model shooters on here? I have 20 and 12 gauge guns and just love them both. They both have 21 inch VR, Remchoke barrels, and are non-magnum receivers.
Since they started making them in 1983, I would have thought that all the 870's would have been built to shoot 2 3/4 or 3" ???

Anyway, add me to the fans of the Special Field Club. Actually "fan" might be an understatement.

currently only have one. A 20ga that was made in the early '90s when they came with 23" barrels. I put a screw in Poly-choke. I am thinking I need another with a fixed improved choked barrel.


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:21 am 
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Erik,

I've been shooting my 12 gauge 870 Special Field for quail, pheasant and doves a long time just using 2 3/4 inch shells. I never paid any attention to what was marked on the barrel because I didn't really need any other type ammo. Well, I got it out and actually read what was on the gun. And guess what? My 12 gauge does say for 2 3/4 or 3 inch shells, and the serial number ends with a "M," which Remington tells me that designates a magnum receiver.

So learned something new. Since I just bought a True Glow ported X Full turkey choke the other day, now I can pick up some 3 inch shells for gobblers.

The 20 ga. says only 2 3/4 inch shells on the barrel and the serial number does not end with a "M."

Tennsquire


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:15 pm 
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Cool Tennsquire.
Thanks for the information, I never knew the 20ga 870 SF was offered in a 2 3/4 only version.

Like you, I only ever shoot 2 3/4 shells from mine.


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:34 pm 
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I just checked both the 21" fixed modified and the 23" Remchoke barrels for my 20ga 870 Special Field, each is marked 2 3/4 or 3". Searching through the 1984 & 1991 Remington catalogs there is no reference to Special Fields handling 2 3/4 and 3" shells. I suspect your Special Field was an early production, maybe 1st year? Anybody with better info please post. Now I am curious.

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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:50 pm 
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I am curious too. He says it is a Remchoke barrel. According to the Remington Society site, the Remchoke did not come out until 1986 and then was only offered on some models. I don't know when the Special Field was first offered with a Remchoke barrel, but I would assume it was 1987 or later. At that point I would have thought the the only 2 3/4" 870 barrels that Remington was making was perhaps target barrels?

1100 barrels were probably 2 3/4"


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:04 pm 
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My 1100 Special Field reads "20 GA LT-20 ** FOR 2 3/4 IN SHELLS".

My 870 Special Field reads "20 GA * LW FOR 2 3/4 or 3 INCH SHELLS"

Both have rem chokes. Looks like the 2 3/4 inch may be specific to the 1100?? I actually never noticed as well. I only shoot 2 3/4.


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:46 pm 
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erik,

Both of my SFs, 12 & 20ga 870s came with fixed mod barrels marked 2 3/4 or 3". I have purchased 21" Remchoked barrels for both, not sure what year they were produced. At some point Remington switched to a 23" barrel for all SFs, not sure when, any dea what year?

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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:03 pm 
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i dont own a SF but have had a lot of 1100s

all older 1100s were only 2 3/4" did not make a 3" until recent thats why I bought a 11-87 (cuz i thought i needed 3")


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 Post subject: Re: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:42 pm 
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duxdog1 wrote:
At some point Remington switched to a 23" barrel for all SFs, not sure when, any dea what year?


I have the 1994 catalog here and it says that the 23" barrel was new for 1994. The list price was $473. Interestingly they only list the 21" barrels in the extra barrels section. I seem to have misplaced or (hopefully not) thrown away most of my old Remington catalogs, but if I recall correctly the special field was not offered in 1995 so perhaps the 23" barrel was just a one year thing. I like my 23" gun, but I probably prefer the 21" ones.


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:51 pm 
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RolexDr. wrote:
i dont own a SF but have had a lot of 1100s

all older 1100s were only 2 3/4" did not make a 3" until recent thats why I bought a 11-87 (cuz i thought i needed 3")


JD


JD - According to the Remington Society Website the 20ga 1100 was available in a 3" magnum version starting in 1964 And the 12ga was available in the 3" magnum version from the beginning in 1963.

I really don't know a lot about the Remington autoloaders, but what I think was unique about them was that they had a compensation system so that you could shoot 2 3/4 and 3" shell interchangebly.

Previous to that if you had a magnum 3" version, then 2 3/4" shells would not cycle in it. (unless you swapped barrels or did something to the gas ports...) And if you had the 2 3/4" version then 3" shells would cycle it too fast plus the ejector would be in the wrong place... (I think)


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 Post subject: re: 870 Pump Special Field
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:20 pm 
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wow i did not know that. learn something new every day

thats why this forum is great

i have shot 100s of 1100s (mostly 12ga) and had only seen a few 3" guns and i assumed they were all newer

guess thats what i get for hanging out at skeet clubs

JD




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