Remington 870 Express
What “best of” shotgun list doesn’t include the Remington 870? The 870’s affordable price, modular design and readily-available parts make it the every man’s shotgun. That goes for slug shooters too. Probably one of the best deals in firearms history is the 870 Express Combo package, which includes a ventilated rib smooth barrel and a rifled slug barrel. Today, Remington offers nearly every slug gun configuration imaginable, from rifled barrels with open sights and standard stocks, to cantilever scope mounts and thumbhole stocks. It comes in 12 and 20 gauge with a standard 3-inch chamber or the Super Mag 3 1/2-inch model. About the only thing you won’t find new anymore is the cylinder bore smooth barrel with open sights.
Best Fit: The 870 is the gun for anyone, but it’s a perfect fit for hunters on a budget (you can still get a combo for less than $600) and brush busters who either stalk their deer or drive woodlots with a group of hunters. And if you’re just getting into hunting with slugs, all you need to do is pick up a rifled barrel for that 870 that’s already in the back of your gun case.