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Remington 870 Tactical vs. Express Question

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Restless28, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    There are no differences except the stock and maybe the barrel. Same weapon different stuff on it. They are all Express Tacticals with the word "Tactical" only being used to describe the stock, barrel and tube extension. It is the exact same as any 870 Express, however some have some kind of PC mess finish. Some have Tacti-fool type sights and some have the Remington Extended Tactical Joke tube on the end.

    This place selling it is using an old picture from a couple years ago of a different model as there are no 18" barrel like they show on that. So that is not even a picture of the right model as the one they show cost nowhere near $600. I don't know of any Express Tactical that cost that much so I am guessing it is a mis print.

    Which ever it is, don't buy it since they can't even describe the right model and you have no idea what you are getting. If you want to buy on line check out Bud's or Disscount Gunner on Gun Broker. Those guys are the best prices on line.

    And yes, the 5077 model is the best value out there and you can get a SpecOps for aoung $110 or less on any of the auction sites. This is the model I recommend on my web site for clients that need an HD but don't need my upgraded Tactical Builds.

  2. Thanks for the reply. I was actually hoping that you would reply, and I have to give you a thumbs up for being honest on your website with your advice. I really like your builds, and I am trying to decide on my choice. I have it narrowed down to a 870, but should I go with a build, or buy the 5077, add a Knoxx and maybe send it in later. I think your builds are actually quite reasonable for what you give the customer.
  3. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    The 25077 is the exact model I remmend on my web site and it will serve your needs. Sending it to me for parkerizing and upgrades is fine, however, I would say shoot the hell out of it for a year and then you can decide. You may find that your use does not require the heavy parkerized finish and the upgrades. My weapons are great for duty and heavy use but that basic HD will serve most anyones needs.
  4. shootingbuff

    shootingbuff Millennium Member

    Nov 1, 1999

    Very good point about shooting the hell out of it.
  5. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana
    I wish more people would do this.

  6. DHart


    Nov 16, 2002
    If you think you will want a top grade, long lasting parkerized finish vs. the cheap finish that the Express models have, and the more durable machined extractor, I would suggest you just spend the extra right up front and get one of JD's builds. In addition, I believe the barrels/chambers that JD provides are the Police models which should have the extra attention given to chamber polishing that the run-of-the-mill 870 Express models don't seem to have these days. You will also benefit from the fact that JD's guns are put together by a gunsmith/specialist with much greater personal attention than any 870 Express that pops off the end of the assembly table at Remington ever gets. SO you're more assured of getting a gun that's been assembled right and reviewed carefully for quality and proper fit and function. This is very well worth the money for any gun you might rely on for your personal defense.

    If you go with one of JD's guns, then you're done right from the get-go and it is less expensive to do it this way than to buy the cheaper gun now and then send it in later for refinishing and upgrades. Just bite the bullet and get the good stuff from the get-go if you can, then just shoot and enjoy it. JD's the man when it comes to getting a quality 870. Aside from JD, I would buy an 870P model. They're not so easy to come by, but they get the extra attention to assembly, fit, and finish details that the economy 870 Expresses don't. And you get a finish to last a lifetime without fuss, not a finish you need to give extra care to in order to prevent rusting.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2010