With more than 11 million built, it is safe to say the Remington 870 is a very popular shotgun choice.
This does not mean it comes from the factory perfect or exactly how you want it.
Below, you will see a list of eight ways to upgrade your 870 without hurting your credit card.
1. Magpul MOE M-LOK Replacement Forend
This drop-in forend has three great benefits. It is lighter, with much greater texture for more sure manipulation.
Both the front and rear have positive stop points to keep your hand from sliding off under stiff actuation, especially in wet weather.
Lastly, the M-LOK slots allow for direct mounting of accessories if that is a desire.
2. Uncle Mike’s Swivel Cap Set
Most 870’s do not have a simple option for mounting a sling. For a few dollars, it becomes a lot simpler to transport your shotgun on your shoulder.
Anyone who has turkey hunted without a sling, knows how much of a juggling act it can be with your seat, your pack, your assortment of calls and the shotgun.
This swivel cap set makes life a whole lot simpler.
3. Aimtech Scope Mount
This is a must-have for those wanting an optic on a Remington 870 that is not drilled and tapped.
4. Remington Supercell Recoil Pad
This recoil pad has a tough outer skin for long life. Below that skin, is a thick, highly aerated foam that is full of millions of little air bubbles.
These air bubbles act as mini shock absorbers as they each flatten under recoil, spreading the load and increasing the duration of the impulse.
Remington claims up to a 54 percent decrease in felt recoil.
My shoulder is not calibrated that finely, but my sight re-acquisition times improved greatly and the recoil impulse feels much more like a push than a punch, even with three-inch slugs.
5. HiViz Front Sight Shotgun Bead
For those of us with less than perfect vision, this is a replacement for the front bead on those shotguns with a screw-in bead.
Check your shotgun first to confirm this, as some are and some are not. But if applicable, this “bead” jumps out at you and greatly improves both accuracy and acquisition time.
6. Carlson’s Seven-Shot Magazine Extension
This magazine extension is a plus-three extension. It brings the capacity up from 4+1 to 7+1.
Whether you are running your 870 in 3-Gun or a home defense scenario, this is a welcome increase in round count.
Installation is as simple as unscrewing the stock magazine cap, removing the stock spring and follower, replacing with the new spring and follower and screwing the extension into place.
I would suggest the addition of the next item as well, but that is optional.
7. GG&G Replacement Aluminum Follower
One of the most common failure points of the Remington 870 is caused by the degradation of the plastic follower.
When it gets gouges or the plastic starts to deteriorate due to age or use, it doesn’t follow properly.
When it gets off-kilter, jams happen. This replacement follower has a stainless steel exterior for a lifetime of gouge resistance.
The red center portion is aluminum and is painted bright red for quick visibility.
8. Wilson Combat Jumbo Head Safety
The factory safety is very functional, but is slow and requires fine motor skills.
The Wilson Combat upgrade greatly increases the surface area of the safety and makes the manipulation a gross motor skill for increased speed when it really counts.
Remington 870 Upgrades: Conclusion
It certainly isn’t mandatory to purchase all of these options. Some make for more convenient use, such as the sling and magazine extension tube.
Others make it easier to hit, like the fiber-optic bead or the scope mount. Yet others make for a safer shooting environment, like the over-sized safety and recoil-reducing butt pad.
Who doesn’t want the more reliable functionality of the steel and aluminum follower?
For those of you who broke your wooden forend and need to put a laser on the replacement, Magpul’s forend has you covered too.
While not exactly as mix and match as the AR platform, the Remington 870 has these and dozens of other options to enhance your shotgun shooting fun.
What upgrades have you added to your favorite shotgun? Why? Let us know in the comments below.