This is a discussion on Remington 870 issues within the Shotguns forums, part of the Armory category; I purchased a brand new remington 870 tactical express a week ago, and already have issues with it. When I am feeding 2.75" shells every ...
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|February 24th, 2011, 10:38 AM||#1|
Join Date: May 2010
I purchased a brand new remington 870 tactical express a week ago, and already have issues with it. When I am feeding 2.75" shells every other shell is extremely difficult to get in, and my roommates have had the same issues, so it is not user error. Also when cycling the shotgun occasionally the 3 of us are unable to get the pump to come back like it is stuck forward and has to be shaken and pulled forcefully to be unstuck. then sometimes when the bolt is back all the way and cycling a new shell the bolt will get stuck back and have to pull the pump back, and then forcefully recycle the round.
We have taken the shotgun out twice, and cleaned between each and still it is messing up
|February 24th, 2011, 10:45 AM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2010
call remington for warranty work
|February 24th, 2011, 01:46 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2009
As a long time 870 user, I would suggest that you can't be gentle with this shotgun. When you rack this weapon, do it with authority. I've had friends come to me with problematic 870s in the past, and it turns out they were expecting extremely smooth functionality, when in reality an 870 is a solid steel beast. I have subjected my 870 to significant torture (as compared to what I might do to my M&P 40), and it just keeps on ticking. If your shotgun is new, it will lighten up over time. The action does get smoother with wear.
You may, in fact, have a defective weapon, but with two people having the same experience, I'd look for other factors before deciding the shotgun is bad.
Just some thoughts,
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|February 24th, 2011, 02:05 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southern VA
My grandfather is having the same issue with his 870. He was going out dove hunting a while back and was having trouble racking the slide. We took it into his reloading shop to see what was amiss, and noticed a small burr in the action that would hang up the bolt from time to time. Luckily my uncle is a retired gunsmith and helped out to smooth up that burr, but the occasional jam still occurs.
I think that it is just something to do with the fact that 870s are massed produced, so the occasional lemon pops up. Just call Remington and see what they can do about it.
|February 24th, 2011, 05:10 PM||#5|
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Rural NE Iowa
I have to agree. The 870 Tactical isn't a polished, stand in the case, used just for game birds shotgun (like 35+ year old smooth sliding Wingmaster next to mine). It's a workhorse. First thing I did and always do, is field strip, clean and get the factory storage grease off everything. Then "fine tune" the weapon, de-burr, smooth up and pollish a few things as I, fresh oil and refit everything back together. DON'T baby it, rack that slide (EMPTY) a half dozen-dozen times like you have a pair and you're PO at it. If everything feels right, I'll load it up and shoot a few rounds. Couple 2-3 at a time, keeping an eye on things. Strip it back down to see how it handled that and then take it from there. Fill er up and blast a few boxes of shells and smoke some clay birds.
BUT LIKE SAID. You COULD have a defective weapon Might have a Smith (where you bought it ???) take a look at it just to be safe.
|February 24th, 2011, 06:14 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Is the slide getting stuck after you fire? 870's have pretty snug chambers on occasion, and using cheap, aluminum base shells often get stuck in the chamber. Switch ammo if that is the case, and try polishing the chamber if necessary.
|October 12th, 2012, 09:52 PM||#7|
Join Date: Aug 2012
I have to 2nd the opinions on racking the slide with authority. I was having the same issue with my Tactical Express, until I got mad at it and began to really pump it hard! The gun seems to like it and I haven't had any more problems with it.
|October 12th, 2012, 10:38 PM||#8|
Join Date: Nov 2009
The tactical 870 is a rough product. Thr police and wingmaster are higher quality.
It will take time to break in.
Many of the tacticals do not extract low brass rounds well. Try some high brass.
The chamber may need to be polished.
|February 2nd, 2014, 07:37 AM||#9|
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Fort Worth
I second everybodys comments above, I have had an 870 Express Magnum for 20+ years and never had an issue till recently. I had some new ammo and it just did not want to extract it, switched back to my Remington ammo and had no issues.
Would not hurt to have Reminton take a look and make sure there is not an issue though, as said above they are tight and if there is a burr in there it will cause these symptons.
|March 15th, 2014, 08:14 AM||#10|
Join Date: Jan 2014
Happy now !!
I bought my 870 tac. express 4 yrs. ago went to the range that day . Man I was pissed , it wouldn't extract worth a dam and could only get 5 in the tub . The very next day the second my gun shop open in I go ! The guy how sold it to me looked wild , put it on the counter and told him to send it back ! 2 weeks later I got the call , and right to the range I went ! I did it a big work out really hard, it worked like a dream . I also own a Mosburg 500 bought in 73 for $89.00 That was my all around swamp gun a lot of rounds through it and it still a slick gun . I expect that out of the 870 and it really looks like it will
|March 15th, 2014, 08:32 AM||#11|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Sounds like the bolt might be hanging on the ejector. Maybe try a dab of oil on the ejector bar and work the action without any shells.
|March 15th, 2014, 10:50 AM||#12|
Join Date: Feb 2014
The 870 guru is J.D. McGuire @ AIP Tactical Combat Shotguns
He also operates the website Combat-Shotgun.Com ? Index page
You can read his website for solutions, or you could post a question @ combat-shotguns.
He is also on Calguns.net. You can go to Calguns and do a search in their shotgun section.
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