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Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

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Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby nite750 » Thu, 24 Dec 2009 16:09:16

I have a Remington 870 Express 12 gauge pump shotgun that does not reliably eject spent shells. I took it to the gunsmith at Gander Mountain in Fredericksburg, but he couldn't duplicate the problem so nothing was done to correct it. The gun has been properly cleaned and lubricated and I am using factory high brass and low brass ammo (Federal, Winchester). I am going to contact Remington again, but was wondering if anyone on the forum has had simialr problems with their 870 and what they did or had done to fix it.


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby zephyp » Thu, 24 Dec 2009 21:38:06

I've had the same problem with a mossberg ejecting high brass. Low brass works fine. I think it might have something to do with expansion of the brass. SgtBill may have an idea if he sees this post.
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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby Vahunter » Thu, 24 Dec 2009 23:04:09

All you have to do is get it to me. I can fix it. 870's don't often have a problem.


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby zephyp » Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:09:48

Vahunter wrote:All you have to do is get it to me. I can fix it. 870's don't often have a problem.


I can fix it too Henry. It wont cost him nothin and the job will be done in about 5 years... :hysterical:
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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby nite750 » Fri, 25 Dec 2009 13:43:28

Vahunter wrote:All you have to do is get it to me. I can fix it. 870's don't often have a problem.


I know what you mean about 870's. I have used them extensively for the past 25 years and never experienced this problem.

Unfortunately, we don't live near each other. What do you think the problem is?


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby nite750 » Fri, 25 Dec 2009 13:46:37

zephyp wrote:
Vahunter wrote:All you have to do is get it to me. I can fix it. 870's don't often have a problem.


I can fix it too Henry. It wont cost him nothin and the job will be done in about 5 years... :hysterical:


How could I possibly pass up that offer?!?! :yahoo:


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby SgtBill » Fri, 25 Dec 2009 14:03:52

A couple of thing's come to mind. First the shell Chamber must be clean of any fouling. When you fire the shotgun the shell along with the brass case expands some and any residue in the chamber will drag on the case and possibly change the angel just enough on the extraction to cause a problem. The extractor's might need to be recut to put more pressure and more grip on the shell. Ensure that there is no dirt of any type under the ejector's IE Extractor where it is in contact with the bolt.

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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby nite750 » Fri, 25 Dec 2009 19:36:37

Thanks for the info. The gun was thoroughly cleaned each time before it was fired with the same results. I'm going to contact Remington and have them fix it since it is still under warranty.


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby fiasconva » Sat, 26 Dec 2009 09:12:48

There are lots of discussions all over about your problem. It seems some of the newer 870's were made with really rough chambers and shells are sticking in them. Most of the problems seem to be with the cheapo Winchester value packs. If you go to shotgunworld.com you can read all about how to fix it. It's a pretty easy fix and you won't have to send it off.
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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby nite750 » Sat, 26 Dec 2009 15:40:32

Thanks, fiasconva, I'll give that a try.


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby mikeyboy650 » Sun, 10 Jan 2010 01:24:38

SgtBill wrote:A couple of thing's come to mind. First the shell Chamber must be clean of any fouling. When you fire the shotgun the shell along with the brass case expands some and any residue in the chamber will drag on the case and possibly change the angel just enough on the extraction to cause a problem. The extractor's might need to be recut to put more pressure and more grip on the shell. Ensure that there is no dirt of any type under the ejector's IE Extractor where it is in contact with the bolt.

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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby SgtBill » Sun, 10 Jan 2010 10:38:54

I dom't know what link you are refering to.
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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby VAman » Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:08:09

Did you get it fixed? What was it doing by failure to extract? Was it stove piping or was the pump sticking and not coming back? If the pump was sticking the solution seems to be to polish the chamber. If that's not the issue there is probably another problem.


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby Lefty » Sun, 15 Aug 2010 04:12:12

You guys are ALL HIGH. I bought a Rem 870 and since it was new in the box it had problems. Spent shells would stick so bad that the extractor pin would rip through the rim of the shell. I have photos. I'm also so upset I will NEVER buy another Remington.

I called the factory and they admitted that some 870s, particularly lefties, had this problem. It is caused by negligent machining on the inside of the barrel for the first inch or so. Grooves were left in the barrel and when a shell is fired, the brass expands and grabs onto these grooves. The extractor pin also had to overcome a stray ridge that was left where the rim of the shell sits.

An entire afternoon and some 220 wet sandpaper will work fine. I would recommend thoroughly inspecting the inside surface of the barrel where the shell sits to make sure that the grooves are present. If you don't see any noticeable grooves, then something else is wrong with it. Enjoy your Crapington, I mean Remington model 870. :mad:


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby zephyp » Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:07:31

Lefty wrote:You guys are ALL HIGH. I bought a Rem 870 and since it was new in the box it had problems. Spent shells would stick so bad that the extractor pin would rip through the rim of the shell. I have photos. I'm also so upset I will NEVER buy another Remington.

I called the factory and they admitted that some 870s, particularly lefties, had this problem. It is caused by negligent machining on the inside of the barrel for the first inch or so. Grooves were left in the barrel and when a shell is fired, the brass expands and grabs onto these grooves. The extractor pin also had to overcome a stray ridge that was left where the rim of the shell sits.

An entire afternoon and some 220 wet sandpaper will work fine. I would recommend thoroughly inspecting the inside surface of the barrel where the shell sits to make sure that the grooves are present. If you don't see any noticeable grooves, then something else is wrong with it. Enjoy your Crapington, I mean Remington model 870. :mad:


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby SgtBill » Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:58:30

Well Lefty, welcome aboard. As far as your post about us all being High I suggest that you get to know the people at this sight prior to makeing such statement's.
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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby TJD » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:25:20

I just GooGled 870 ejection probs and came to this board. I have 2 870's and both have the same probs. i bought them both with in 3 months of each other new in the box. the first one i called Remmington and bitched to them. they sent me a new barrel, prob solved. the other one is having the same prob and i will be calling remmington again this week. I am not high, but I do believe what the other poster was saying about poor machining at Remmington.


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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby allingeneral » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 07:27:39

Thanks for the info TJD. Seems to be a fairly wide-spread problem. Hopefully Remington has worked it out for current manufacture.
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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby gunderwood » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 08:55:14

Lefty wrote:You guys are ALL HIGH. I bought a Rem 870 and since it was new in the box it had problems. Spent shells would stick so bad that the extractor pin would rip through the rim of the shell. I have photos. I'm also so upset I will NEVER buy another Remington.

I called the factory and they admitted that some 870s, particularly lefties, had this problem. It is caused by negligent machining on the inside of the barrel for the first inch or so. Grooves were left in the barrel and when a shell is fired, the brass expands and grabs onto these grooves. The extractor pin also had to overcome a stray ridge that was left where the rim of the shell sits.

An entire afternoon and some 220 wet sandpaper will work fine. I would recommend thoroughly inspecting the inside surface of the barrel where the shell sits to make sure that the grooves are present. If you don't see any noticeable grooves, then something else is wrong with it. Enjoy your Crapington, I mean Remington model 870. :mad:

From what I understand a "rough chamber" cut is almost always because they let the reamer get too dull. A dull reamer "chatters" a bit and causes those grooves. Part of the reason factor barrels/chambering are cheap is because they reuse the same reamer over and over. A good custom smith tosses his reamer long before it gets dull to insure the best chambering job possible. That batch of barrels probably went on a batch of lefty guns.

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Re: Remington 870 Shell Eject Problem

Postby chfaunce » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:56:02

I have an 870 Express Magnum, as well. I did not buy it new; offhand, I have no idea how old it is.

I have experienced a few instances of a shell not ejecting properly (as in, a handful of shells out of hundreds), and in each instance I was using bargain bin Winchester stuff or whatever they were selling at Bull Run that day. I've not had any problems when using premium Remington loads (sporting clay shot). I've also not had any problems with Federal or Remington buckshot loads (.00 and .000 buck).


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