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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:18 pm
http://www.learnaboutguns.com/2008/05/13/remington-870-xcs-marine-magnum-review/
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Basics
Remington 870 XCS Marine Magnum is a pump action shotgun, which has a magazine capacity of 7 shells. The “XCS” stands for “Extreme Conditions Shotgun”, and means that the exterior of the gun is coated with Remington’s proprietary Black TriNyte corrosion resistant coating. Interior parts are coated with electroless nickel, and the trigger group is plated. In short, this shotgun is designed to handle conditions that would rust and corrode other shotguns, and that is why it costs about twice as much as other shotguns in the Remington 870 family. Also included with the Remington 870 XCS Marine Magnum model are a limbsaver recoil reducing pad, and a speed feeder synthetic stock which stores 4 additional shells. The cylinder bore barrel is 18″ long.

Build Quality
The Remington 870 XCS Marine Magnum is a high quality firearm, and it is clear that Remington put plenty of care into its construction. Unlike some of the 870 Express shotguns which have a plastic safety, the 870 XCS Marine Magnum has a durable metal safety. The TriNyte corrosion resistant coating is evenly applied, and the finish of the gun is flawless. The action is smooth and loading shells is easy. In fact, the only complaint that I have relates to one of the pins holding my trigger group in place: The smaller of the pins requires gentle tapping with a hammer to remove it, while the larger one can be taped out with less effort. I don’t consider this to be a huge problem.

Reliability
After firing about 3,000 shells, ranging from birdshot, buckshot, low recoil buckshot, and 3″ magnum slugs, I have not had a single problem. Every shell of the various varieties and manufacturers have fired, and the 870 XCS Marine Magnum loaded/ejected them properly. Since this is my primary home defense gun, the excellent reliability sits well with me.

Accessories
Those who appreciate the option to add tactical accessories to their shotgun will enjoy the Remington 870 XCS Marine Magnum as well. There is a vast after market for the 870 series, and unlike some of the 870 Express models, the 870 XCS Marine Magnum can accept magazine extensions without issue (and it already includes a +2 shot magazine extension from the factory).

Conclusion
If you are looking for a good home defense shotgun, you can’t go wrong with the Remington 870 XCS Marine Magnum. Its corrosion resistant features are likely overkill for most situations, and are certainly overkill for me since it sits in my low humidity gun safe most of the time, but I enjoy the added peace of mind. The higher build quality also makes it worth the premium in price over a base model Remington 870. I paid about $950 for mine locally, but it can be purchased online for considerably less. For those who would like a home defense gun with most of the 870 XCS Marine Magnum features, but at a lower price, the this shotgun may be what you are looking for.
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Remington 870 12-gauge Shotgun Review
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Gun Review: Remington 870 12 gauge Part 1
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Pt 1 "Combat Shotgun Shootout:" Remington 870
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Pt 2 "Combat Shotgun Shootout:" Remington 870
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Review: Remington 870 Express Magnum 20 Gauge
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The Remington 870 made it to the top five quality shotguns for under $500

http://www.americanhunter.org/articles/best-shotguns-cheap/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Shotguns-text&utm_campaign=TurkOpeningDay
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The Remington 870 is said to be the "Ultimate Home Defense" shotgun by Shooting Illustrated.

http://www.shootingillustrated.com/9013/the-ultimate/

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Hey guys I'm new here. Thinking about getting an 870 so I figured I'd come check out the forum
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gonzo wrote:Hey guys I'm new here. Thinking about getting an 870 so I figured I'd come check out the forum


Welcome aboard gonzo!
The 870 is a time tested and proven design. It remains one of my all time favorite shotguns.
We have done so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing!

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Hey guys I got my 870 and love it!! I wish this forum was more active!
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I've purchased an 870 Wingmaster and love it. I purchased it at a very good price knowing I had to do some work to it. The barrel has been cut odd, now 23", and it looks like it was cut with a hack saw. Also the stock has home scratches on it. Should I replace the existing barrel and should I refinish the stock?


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