I now own five 870's and love them all! I have often joked that any kid born in Klamath County is issued an 870 at birth.
The Wingmaster is a very nice gun. It has nice wood, nice metal, and is just very nice. This is the one I was issued at birth and mine is now about 40 years old. This gun just seems to hit nearly everything that I aim at.
I also have a magnum that also has very nice wood and is "wingmaster-like." This gun is about 25 years old and is the one that I have used to kill about 85% of my turkeys.
I have an 20 gauge 870 youth express and have watched my little girls nock the snot out of several turkeys with it. I have also used it a time or two to kill turkeys.
I also have an 20 gauge 870 express and last year was its first trip to the field with my family. I bought it used off of Gunbroker.com. The joker that had it before tried to do some wood work and did a poor job. The turkeys did not notice.
I just bought an 870 express supermag (very nearly new) for $200. No my friends, it is not stolen. Originally I was going to re-sell for a profit but have since decided to keep it. I plan on making it my turkey special. I just installed the truglo gobble dot sights and am currently looking for the "perfect" choke tube for it. This is a little backwards.... but oh well. Currently I am favoring the ssx tube but I am also looking at others.
So with my lifelong history with 870's what are my thoughts???? The 870 is a very good gun with a lot of history. The downside is that I believe Remington cheapened it up by offering the express model. Cheap wood with rough "off the line" type of workmanship. The express is still a good gun... I just wished they had kept their standards up.