The last thing I’m going to do it write more about the fabled Remington 870 action. An 870 is like a good excuse, everybody has one! and there is darn good reasoning behind that. They work.
A while back I sat around a table with some folks from Remington and some other writers and we were talking about the upcoming production of the 10 millionth Remington 870. That milestone has since come and gone, but the point is, you don’t make that many firearms if they don’t flat out work. We all sat around telling stories and we all had several. It was a fun time!
So no, I don’t have to tell you about the action of the gun. I will, however tell you about the other elements that make this a truly great slug gun. The Shurshot stock is a good place to start. It looks a feels a bit hinky at first. At least that is what I thought until I shot it. It makes for a comfortable shooting gun. It lines your eye up naturally to make a good shot. The grip in the palm area is solid thanks to textured areas for your hand. and the R3 recoil pd is VERY welcome. It uses the same technology as Limbsavers stuff (they make it for Remington) and does a good job absorbing the blow from the gun. As anyone who has shot a slug gun with a 3″ magnum shell knows, recoil isn’t pleasant. In fact, it is pretty brutal. The design of the stock and the recoil pad are a big help.
The barrel features a cantilever for mounting an optic. I tried the gun out with a Nikon slug scope and with several red dot scopes. All worked very well. The gun is accurate enough to warrant going with a scope as you’ve got enough range to make longer shots than you might think. We were thumping targets at 150 yards with no problem. I’d take a deer at that range and not think twice.
For a shotgun, the trigger is pretty good. But, of course, now they have some pretty good trigger systems for shotguns too. This gun could use a Timney trigger to make it better, but for 99% of you, the trigger is fine. Me? I’d leave it alone for as often as I’d use a slug gun.
Accuracy is pretty good. We used Federal loads with Barnes bullets and were seeing good grouping at 100 yards. It’s kind of like my father-in-law said to me once. If you hit a deer with a slug, it’s going to die. While not entirely true, the Remington will give you enough accuracy to ensure that if you get a good shot within a range you’re comfortable with, the deer is as good as hanging in your garage.
So there you have it, if you want a dedicated slug gun for killing deer, this is one of the better options you’ll find in a comfortable, good shooting gun. Get one and start making 870 stories of your own!