Remington Model 887 Nitro Mag Pump Shotgun

By Randy Wakeman

Remington 887 Nitro Mag Pumps.
The Remington 887 Nitro Mag Pumps. Photo by Randy Wakeman

Earlier this year I wrote up a preview of Remington’s new M887 shortly after returning from the SHOT show in Orlando. See: At the end of this brief introductory article, I mentioned that Guns and Shooting Online readers could, "expect a full test when Model 887's become available later this year."

Well, yes, I have been shooting (or attempting to shoot) a new M887 NitroMag for a while now. I’ve invested (or wasted) far too much time and effort on it as is. I did discuss the results with Guns and Shooting Online Owner Chuck Hawks, whose reaction was an elongated groan.

As far as I’m concerned, if you are a member of Guns and Shooting Online, you’ve earned the right to be informed. If you wanted to make decisions based on ad-copy or puffy magazine pieces, you’d do that and you wouldn’t bother to read my articles. A thorough dissertation on this model would sound like an attack article. Completely truthful, yes, but more than just a bummer, it is a disaster.

Chuck and I are like-minded in our support for the American gun making industry. Fortunately, there are American gunmakers that really do deserve support and enthusiasm, such as Weatherby, Savage, Henry, Colt, Ruger and the new Ithaca Gun Company—among others. Regardless, no one needs to be ashamed to tell the truth, as far as I’m concerned. People tend to appreciate the truth sooner or later.

As far as the Remington M887 goes, what follows is what I reported directly to several representatives of Remington:

Regarding M887 NitroMag Issues

I'm sorry to report that there are multiple issues with the M887 being evaluated. There have been a couple failure to feed issues with 2-3/4 in. shells from the magazine, that eject shells past an apparently jammed-up shell carrier spitting them on the ground. This is not repeatable, but intermittent.

The "two shot magazine plug" isn't. After installing the plug, you can still load three shells into the magazine. As supplied, the gun cannot be made a legal migratory game bird gun.

There is corrosion around the action bar ring, right out of the box. Apparently the finish was missing, or improperly applied.

The barrel end appears to VERY roughly machined and the action is not smooth. It is very rough, with significant stick / slip.

The gun does not shoot to point of aim. It shoots excessively, dramatically low.

There are a lot of serious problems with this example, to be sure. Please advise as to how you'd like us to proceed.

Thank you, Randy Wakeman

Thus far, there has been no response and no resolution from Remington. If and when there ever is, this review will be updated.

What I can say is that this example of the Remington M887 NitroMag is the worst shotgun I’ve tested in the last decade. It is an embarrassment.

Though not much of a full review, I think that Guns and Shooting Online members can take it from there. The MSRP is $399 in black, $532 in camo. Here are the specifications of our black test gun:

  • Item number - 82500
  • Action - Pump
  • Gauge - 12 with 3-1/2" chamber
  • Magazine capacity - 4
  • Barrel - 28" with plastic vent rib; accepts RemChokes
  • Metal finish - Matte black
  • Stock - Black synthetic
  • Overall length - 48"
  • Weight - 7-3/8 pounds
  • 2009 MSRP - $399

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