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 Post subject: The 878
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:21 pm 
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Is the ejector the same as the 870? Are the receivers prone to cracking at the operating handle notch. Any other problems to look for?




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 Post subject: Re: The 878
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:24 pm 
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Wow, been a while. Yes as far as I remember, by gauge.

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 Post subject: Re: The 878
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:45 pm 
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Was hoping you'd come along. Saw your name a couple of times while researching. Anything I should be looking for.


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 Post subject: Re: The 878
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 9:46 am 
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The Model 878 "Automaster" appears as new in the 1959 Remington Arms catalog. In 1959 and 1960 the Model 878 was only offered in A "Standard" Grade with plain barrels. I don't have a 1961 catalog. For 1962 the option of ventilated rib barrels and a Model 878ADL "DeLuxe" grade with checkered stock and forearm (Remington's silly machine checkering of the era) and inscribed game scenes was offered. All only in 12-gauge. For 1963 the Model 1100 is introduced in 12-gauge with 16- and 20-gauges said to be ready in 1964, and the Model 878 "Automaster" is gone. A gun only made for four years, sixty years ago, may not be a good candidate for regular service.


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 Post subject: Re: The 878
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 11:01 am 
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Essentially an 870 that was converted to a SA.


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 Post subject: Re: The 878
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 11:16 am 
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Dr Duk wrote:
Essentially an 870 that was converted to a SA.


As was the 58. As far as I've ever been able to tell the only difference b/w the 58 and 878 was the gas piston meant to handle a wider variety of loads and not require the dial-a-load magazine cap.

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 Post subject: Re: The 878
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2021 8:19 pm 
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Skeet_Man wrote:
As far as I've ever been able to tell the only difference b/w the 58 and 878 was the gas piston meant to handle a wider variety of loads and not require the dial-a-load magazine cap.

Correct assessment. Both were quite popular; some people preferred that feel in a semi. Yeah, they were both eclipsed by the 1100 - only the most successful semi auto ever.

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 Post subject: Re: The 878
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Skeet_Man wrote:
As far as I've ever been able to tell the only difference b/w the 58 and 878 was the gas piston meant to handle a wider variety of loads and not require the dial-a-load magazine cap.

Correct assessment. Both were quite popular; some people preferred that feel in a semi. Yeah, they were both eclipsed by the 1100 - only the most successful semi auto ever.


cough - Browning Auto 5 - cough cough

I know which one was in almost continuous production for 99 years :wink:

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The 1100 sold many times more than the Auto 5.

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 Post subject: Re: The 878
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 9:25 pm 
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I have 58's in 12, 16 and 20 ga. The ejectors are the same with the exception that they don't use the spring that the 12 ga 870's use. My 16 and 20 870's don't use the spring either.




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