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878 Automaster- Forgotten Classic?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:28 pm
A year or so ago, I came across a 1959 878 Automaster 12ga and had to have it. The price was right and I happen to like old Remingtons, so it was natural that I would buy it.

A year or so later, I have had the shotgun out to the range more than a few times. Each time, I seem to enjoy it even more. Today, I packed up the 878, a Model 11 and an 870 Express and went to the range with a box of clays.

My wife tossed clays for me and I was doing okay. The Model 11, heavy and long, swung around like a Howitzer and I was "okay" with it. It's a great shooting gun, but seemed a bit awkward for shooting clays.

The 870 was, well, and 870. That's probably all that needs to be said.

The 878 was a joy. Low recoil, smooth shooting. The shotgun would swing into position like it was leading me, other than the other way around. Clay after clay busted. The lightweight shotgun and I could do no wrong.

I know it was eclipsed by the 1100 upon the introduction of the 1100 in 1963. I seem to think the 878 would have been nice alternative had it stayed in production as a Remington.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:50 pm
Good to hear you're enjoying it...!!

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