Reviewed By: Jonathan L on 09/22/2013
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
This gun is fantastic out of the box. Fit and finish is very nice. The light weight is the best thing about this gun. Bathroom scale at 6.6lbs vs. 7.8lbs for the 870 it replaces. It is very maneuverable and makes getting on target a breeze. Recoil is minimal even though the gun is so light.
I did not care much for the stock bead sight, so I replaced it with a $15 colored tube sight from a sporting goods store. The stock bead is easy to unscrew and replace, so no big deal and definitely not a knock against the gun. I've also added extended choke tubes. Not a real performance issue, mainly aesthetics. Chokes are easy to find as this gun uses the same threading as the Mossberg 500, Browning Invector, Winchesters, etc.
As far as ammo: Don't be concerned about this being a gun that jams unless you spend big $$$ on ammo. I shoot the cheaper Remington target and game loads ($6.xx/box) and so far not a single problem. The manual gives you specific info you need to choose shells that will work perfectly with this gun and its 2 valves (light & heavy loads). I'm sure it will be fine with 3" loads for hunting season.
This is one gun where you get way more than you pay for!
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