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 Post subject: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 10:32 pm 
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I recently ordered a new Wingmaster 870 in 20 gauge with a 28" barrel. My local gun shop mistakenly advertised this as a hi-gloss wood finish which is what I want. Come to find out, Remington only makes the hi-gloss 20ga 26" barrel configuration. The satin is nice, but I have a few satin/matte finish shotguns and really want hi-gloss this time around.

My question: For my uses of mostly trap and occasionally quail/dove hunting, is the 26" barrel suitable? Or should I buy the 26" Wingmaster and try to source a 28" barrel?

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 3:28 am 
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As a matter of experience, I can tell you that you can certainly hunt dove and quail with a 26” barrel. Most clay guns tend to have longer barrels, but since I’ve never shot trap in my life, someone else should comment on that.

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 5:17 am 
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Trap shooters often choose long barrels. I bought the new 870 Express Trap version with 30 inch barrel and Monte Carlo stock. Pretty plain Walnut stock.


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 5:32 am 
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The steel is gloss blue but the walnut is satin on the 28" for some reason. I would contact Remington and see if they can put one together all gloss. You never know. I would not buy a new gun that was not exactly how I wanted it unless I knew I could "fix" it pretty easily and for reasonable cost.
I prefer gloss also, but I bought a straight grip stock set for my LT20 1100 in satin because that was all they had, and I like it pretty well in the event. Much better than matte metal.

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 6:01 am 
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I think all Wingmasters should be gloss everything. It is there premium version after all.


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 6:16 am 
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HotGreasyBore wrote:
I recently ordered a new Wingmaster 870 in 20 gauge with a 28" barrel. My local gun shop mistakenly advertised this as a hi-gloss wood finish which is what I want. Come to find out, Remington only makes the hi-gloss 20ga 26" barrel configuration. The satin is nice, but I have a few satin/matte finish shotguns and really want hi-gloss this time around.

My question: For my uses of mostly trap and occasionally quail/dove hunting, is the 26" barrel suitable? Or should I buy the 26" Wingmaster and try to source a 28" barrel?

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Much to my surprise, I discovered that I actually prefer the 26-inch barrel on a Remington 870 or 1100. The gun just seems to balance and handle better with the shorter tube.

That said, typically, trap shooters prefer longer barrels. But trap is generally considered to be a 12 gauge sport, so you're already making an unconventional choice by going with a 20 gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 6:21 am 
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I have owned and shot both 28 inch and 26 inch versions of the Rem 870. I much preferred the 26 inch version! If it was going to be my dove/quail gun I would opt for the 26 inch without hesitation. As others have said they handle better IMO with that length barrel. Since the trap shooting that you will be doing is not as a serious competitor or you would be using a 12 gauge; I would again go with the 26 inch and if you want get a 28 inch later.

The fact that the glossy version only comes in 26 inch barrel length would just add to my decision to buy the 26 inch version. However, after you shoot trap with the 26 inch version you may find that you don't want or need the longer barrel. After all you are just shooting trap for fun & practice. If you decide to shoot trap more seriously then you can purchase a dedicated trap gun. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 6:46 am 
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26” would be my preference.

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 10:51 am 
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I have a 26 on my 20 ga Wingmaster and IMO it is ideal for my intended use (dove gun, skeet)

It was originally a youth gun with 21" barrel and shortened stock. I bought a 26" Remchoke barrel and a set of Claro Walnut to upsize it to fit me.


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 12:43 pm 
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Use an extended choke and have ~27" barrel!

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 1:24 pm 
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HotGreasyBore wrote:
My question: For my uses of mostly trap and occasionally quail/dove hunting, is the 26" barrel suitable?


Yes, it is suitable. I'd call it desirable for quail / dove.

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 3:24 pm 
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oyeme wrote:
I have owned and shot both 28 inch and 26 inch versions of the Rem 870. I much preferred the 26 inch version! If it was going to be my dove/quail gun I would opt for the 26 inch without hesitation. As others have said they handle better IMO with that length barrel. Since the trap shooting that you will be doing is not as a serious competitor or you would be using a 12 gauge; I would again go with the 26 inch and if you want get a 28 inch later.

The fact that the glossy version only comes in 26 inch barrel length would just add to my decision to buy the 26 inch version. However, after you shoot trap with the 26 inch version you may find that you don't want or need the longer barrel. After all you are just shooting trap for fun & practice. If you decide to shoot trap more seriously then you can purchase a dedicated trap gun. Good luck!

I agree with Oyeme entirely on this.


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 4:03 pm 
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I've owned and shot both 26" and 28" barrels--on the same gun.

My 12 ga Wingmaster came with 26" Improved barrel. Much later I bought a 28" choke tube barrel, thinking I was missing out on something.

The 26" barrel is back on the gun.

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 4:30 pm 
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26 or 28 ?
Which is best?
The best is the one that you prefer.

From my experience,
The 26 is the best choice if I shoot the gun from mounted position,
because it handles faster and thus more responsive to your movement.
The 28 is best if you want to shoot without mounting it to your
shoulder, the longer pointer works better if shooting from the hip.

If you listen to me, the best is 28 if you shoot from the hip,
26 is best if you shoot with the gun mounted to shoulder.

But, back to the first answer, the best is the one that you prefer.
Just go with whatever you think, it is no big deal.


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 5:20 pm 
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Serious trap is not a 20 gauge game, do you'll be fine with a 26" barrel.

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 5:42 pm 
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I prefer a 30" old fixed choke or LC newer barrel on a 12 gauge Wingmaster. 28" on a 20 gauge Wingmaster. 28" LC/TC or older fixed choke on a 12 gauge 1100/11-87. 28" on an LT 20 1100. 25" on a 28 ga. 1100. None of which has anything at all to do with what you prefer. :)

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 7:27 pm 
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I prefer a 28" barrel on 870 20 gauge guns. I can switch back and forth between 26" and 28" barrels without a problem but I prefer the 28". I feel like it swings smoother for me. Just my preference.

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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 2:26 pm 
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The difference is so minimal as to be almost non-existent. I actually prefer the 26" - it's fine for clays, fits in the trunk of my convertible, and is a little bit easier to carry through brush (although I have a 12g with about a 24" barrel that more often gets that assignment).


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 8:00 pm 
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I was in the same situation about two weeks ago when I purchased my new Remington 870 20ga Express. Handled both in store and decided on the 28" barrel. First time out at gun range shooting clays with my son. I took my Remington 12ga Super Mag with 26" barrel that I use for waterfowl and new Remington 870 20ga Express and noticed that swinging right to left or vice versa the 28" swung smoother. 26" is better for snap shooting straight on targets.


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 Post subject: Re: New 870 Wingmaster 20 gauge - 26" or 28" barrel?
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:21 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. Anyone know where I can source a 20ga 28" wingmaster barrel if I decide to do so?




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