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Last Friday I was looking for a new shotgun for HD and decided that I was going to get the 870 with 18' barrel synthetic stock (6+1).



Pump Action Shotgun - Model 870 Express Synthetic 7 Round - Remington Shotguns

However, since about last summer I've imposed a strict "nothing in until something of equal value goes out" policy on myself. So this weekend I put some of my watches up for sale to come up with the money for the shotgun. Long story short - I've got $700 to spend on the gun.

So I go to buy the gun today, for about $350, but I made a mistake and I put my hands on the Remington Marine Magnum.



Pump Action Shotgun - Model 870 Marine Magnum - Remington Shotguns

I want it!:twisted: But it's about $300 more. So I walked out empty handed until I make up my mind.

I'm pretty conservative when it comes to money, but I'm not against an occasional splurge.

They are both basically the same shotgun, with the Marine Magnum having the nickel plating to fight corrosion.

In about 18 hours I'm coming home with a new shotgun. Help me decide.:grin:
 

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Unless you need the marine magnum, I say get the regular 870 and spend the other money on ammo and accessories for it. Maybe a pistol grip butt stock, fore grip or something else. You could also spend the money and get the longer barrel version and spend what's left to get a short barrel for HD and have a skeet gun as well.
 

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I have a marine magnum and love it. I don't think I'd love the synthetic any less though. When I bought my magnum, I was actually looking for the synthetic, but all they had was the marine magnum, and I wanted something then and there.

I have noticed if you want accessories to match the nickel finish, it might be a tad difficult. I added one of those elastic shell carriers to the buttstock, and thats it.

I'd agree, unless you have a need for the protection of the finish, might be wise to go with the synthetic and save $$$. But then of course, I've bought many an item based on its cosmetic looks rather than raw need. So if you REALLY want it, and got the $$, do what makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside!
 

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Unless you need the marine magnum, I say get the regular 870 and spend the other money on ammo and accessories for it. Maybe a pistol grip butt stock, fore grip or something else. You could also spend the money and get the longer barrel version and spend what's left to get a short barrel for HD and have a skeet gun as well.
This is what I did. Bought a standard Express and then bought all the mods myself that I wanted on the gun. Paid $250 for the gun and another $300 on the upgrades so it can double as a HD gun. Knoxx Stock and forend, 8 shot and 10 shot extensions and 18 1/2" barrell. So I have a 2 in one shotgun. I can throw the 10 shot extension on with the 28" barrell and go skeet shooting or go HD tactical.
 
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