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Question by SDhunt. Uploaded on April 05, 2012
Overall fit, finish and quality in general. The Express pales in comparison to the original Wingmaster.
About $400 worth of finer fit and finish.
Stock on the wing master,,, oh my. Probably the best looking pump on the market.
To expound upon RES and WAM's comments, the express comes with either a black synthetic or a wood look-alike laminate stock. The metal on an express is either camo or the parkerized finish (I don't think it is actually parkerized, but it's close enough). The Express is a good beat-around do everything gun. It's not the kind've gun you cringe about throwing behind the truck seat. The Wingmaster comes with high gloss checkered walnut stocks. You can get the standard pistol grip, or an English straight. The metal on a Wingmaster is brightly blued, with a deep glossy luster. The Wingmaster usually comes with multiple chokes, a bonus more common in fine shotguns. The Express usually comes with one choke, and that's the one in the gun.
Pick one of each up and you'll see.
I don't know why you ask but a little heads up. DO NOT get a 870 anymore they are junk. Remington has wasted all their money on Bret Favre and let go of their quality control personel or at least that is my assumption. I have one and it is one degree above scrap metal and from what I've heard from other owners recently we are in agreement. Now if it is an older version go for it but nothing new.
Dcast: I completely disagree. I can see it maybe if you are talking about a new 870 Express (which is why I said, pick one up and feel the difference), but not the Wingmaster. I also have a newer 11-87 and it's great. You get what you pay for.
In simplest terms,the Express is the economy version of the Wingmaster.
Pulling a wingmaster out of the case has been known to halt the conversations of the other hunters, 870 Express pretty much goes un-noticed.
All those fancy guns get noticed until the geese start raining out of the sky, then it's my guns turn....
I feel the Wingmaster quality took a dive in the late 90's. Maybe even earlier. I own several pre-85 Wings and you just cannot find the quality of wood anymore in the newer version.
CL3, We'll agree to disagree.
price and several other things. the wingmaster is lighter than the express. the wingmaster will have a blued finish while the express will come in a variety of finishes and stocks. the wingmaster has a wood stock while the express will have synthetic stocks.
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