Recent Remington 870 experience

Recent Remington 870 experience

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    Recent Remington 870 experience

    Two days ago I picked up a Remingtion 870 as I currently did not have a pump shotgun. I do not know a ton about shotguns, other than I wanted one for around the house and for shooting clays. I took the shotgun home, figured out how to disassemble, clean, lubricate exc. Took it out with a few different types of ammo and it would either not extract rounds, not eject rounds, or eject anemically. I ensured that all the parts were in working order then did a little polish on the chamber and outside where the rim sits, but none of that helped.

    The next day I took the gun to a pawn shop and got most of money back, then bought a Mossberg. Wish my first 870 experience had been better, but I just don't have time anymore to spend days fussing with guns that don't work. The 870 had a much better fit and finish then the 500 has, and disassembled easier, but for the same price the 500 came with the barrel combo and extra pistol grip (and the gun worked). Just wanted to relate this experience.

    Edit: The gun would extract and eject UNFIRED shells without issue, but would not - or barely - extract/eject spent shell casings.
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    Do you know what type of 870 it was (express, express magnum, wingmaster, police magnum, ect...)

    What size chamber? 2 3/4", 3", 3 1/2"?
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    Sounds like the chamber was heavily corroded.
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    Sorry to hear that, mine has worked fine for years and I suspect the vast majority of 870 owners would tell you the same.....
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    ah, the lottery of buying guns from pawn shops...

    ...you'll learn padawan, you'll learn.

    anymore i spend a LOT of time going over a gun before i will buy it from pawn, as in, if i could afford it, i would get it x-ray'd. don't get down on 870's from this experience. but Mossbergs are great. my 590 has served me faithfully for 10+ years and probably 10,000 rounds. she's gettin' lose, but i like em that way!

    EDIT- get yourself a good borelight, i like the kind with a flexible neck and a little LED in the end. the fiber optic ones are good, but you can't shove em down in the little nooks and crannies like the flexi ones... and ALWAYS bring it with you when gun shopping.

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    I've my 870 For years never had any problems, NONE!! Sorry to hear yours.
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    I have three 870s I have bought from Pawn shops...Not a problem with a single one of them. You just inspect them well just as you would any other purchase prior to buying them. To be frank, I have had more problems buying from individuals than I have from pawn shops....they don't stay in business long if they buy/pawn defective firearms.
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    Was it a new 870?
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    Remington 870 And Mosssberg are both fine shot guns.
    The 870 is the best selling 12ga in the world, it has been around sense 1949 for good reason. They don't get any better.
    Pawn shop items are what they are . An 870 can take a lot of abuse. We have one here that has had a lot of round through it.
    It has not been cleaned in over 20 years. Long story. It still shoots first time every time.
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    870 can have short stroke issues. If you are not used to it and don't pull the pump all the way back this problem can occur.

    I've owned a few 870 both Express and Wingmaster and all were excellent.

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    Are you sure to reassembled it correctly? You mentioned you don't know much about shotguns and you just figured out how to take it apart is why I ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAm_Not_Lost View Post
    ...I ensured that all the parts were in working order then did a little polish on the chamber and outside where the rim sits, but none of that helped...
    If "all the parts were in working order" and you put it together right, it would have worked.
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    OP, I also had an 870 and experienced same issue with some rounds. The replacement for me was also a Mossburg and I've not had a single issue with it. No matter what type/size round I fire it works perfectly. Hope you have the same experience with your's.
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    Cool

    After owning a surplus Mossy riot gun for more years than I can remember I bought an 870 LEO surplus riot gun. I had even entertained thoughts of selling the Mossy.

    Now I wish I'd never even seen that 870. I'll keep that Mossy forever.
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    Gun was new. It was not used. It was a Rem 870 tactical.

    To answer some other questions: The gun was put back together just fine. I am familiar enough with the model and basic shotgun action (and how to read a manual) to do that. And no I was short stroking it.

    It was a good looking gun, it's a shame it didn't want to work for me. Thanks for all the replies. After some research it does seem like newer 870's are having a tendency towards anemic ejection. Hopefully that's just internet hogwash and I just happened to get a lemon. Safe shooting.
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