We have had an 870 wingmaster in the familt for almost 30 yrs. Its USED every year and hasn't given one problem. Awsome gun. You can get a Hastings riffled barrel for it. I think you can buy it on the internet for around $180.(3 years ago)
to get a good old wingmaster, look under side of gun, if the receiver where you load you shells in is shiney, thats an older one, and if at all possible, get the magnum receiver, and i picked up a parkerized smoothbore deer bbl at gun show for 90 bucks,
that is something I learned off my dad, and i'm not knocking the new 870's, but we love the beauty of the older 870's
Cabelas has got slug barrels for that under 200. I've got an 870 wingmaster and love it for upland. Mine only shoots 2 3/4 inch shells so it not to good for turkey and waterfowl. I'm sure newer ones take larger shells. I bought a benelli nova when they first came out and love it for the turkey and ducks.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...