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Old 08-29-2013, 05:09 PM
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Remington 20 gauge 870 will not eject shells.




Whassup?

about 25% of the time, it leaves the shell in the barrel, and the other 75% of the time, it pulls it out and drops it on top of the next round.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

The ejector does not appear to be moving as I slide the rack. It does move freely (with spring pressure) so it isn't bound or frozen.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:15 PM
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Sounds like the extractor might be losing control of the shell on the way out - check the tension.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:24 PM
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How do I fix it? The spring seems plenty strong forcing it forward. But as it comes back, it does not flip downward to flip the shell out. It just comes back and drops the shell.

Google search shows that it is a VERY common problem, but no real concrete solutions other than scrap the gun and buy another.

I inherited this from my grandfather, so I would like to fix it, but if I have to, I can scrap it and use the 12 gauge instead.

I figured the 20 was more wife-friendly for shooting snakes and skeet.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:36 PM
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Scrap it and buy a new 870, like a Rem 870 can't be repaired?
Geez, someone on the Internet isn't giving good advice.
Must be a French fashion model or something. Bonjour.


Find the instruction to pull the barrel and drop the bolt out into your hand.
First order of business is cleaning the bolt face and extractor,
and cleaning the chamber thoroughly. Not just cloth and solvent,
use a brass (not stainless steel!!!) chamber brush and scrub thoroughly.
On the bolt look for carbon limiting the range of motion of the extractor.
Clean the extractor hook and make sure it can hook the shotshell rim.
Inspect everything closely for chipped or broken or damaged parts.
Any gun can have a broken part now and then.


Clean inside the receiver and everything else while you're at it.
The trigger mechanism comes out easily with those two cross pins,
and it goes in just as easily. Find some instructions to follow.
It's easy.


Now reassemble and see if it cycles loaded shotshells, extracting them
cleanly from the chamber and ejecting properly.
Then shoot and cycle to see if it does the same with empties.


If it still doesn't extract from the chamber, and you're at the end
of your own capabilities, find a good qualified repair center.
Remington has a list of thousands across the country.
It's a nice gun, it's worth repair.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:15 PM
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Oh hell. I was looking up the serial number and just realized it is a 16 gauge, not a 20!!

I feel like such a dork!

Glad I didn't blow my face off in the process of being an idiot!
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:17 PM
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Is there a way to delete this thread so future generations don't see how much of a fool I am?
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:00 PM
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Too funny!
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:06 PM
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Take it to a local smith before you want to delete another post, friend.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:45 PM
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Is there a way to delete this thread so future generations don't see how much of a fool I am?
You're not a fool, you're human!
But it is funny...
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:31 PM
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I would be willing to bet.

That you will not do that again anytime soon.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:38 PM
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Nope!!!

Not anytime soon!
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:56 PM
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I didn't even know the 870 was available in a 16ga! I might have done the same thing seeing that it wasn't a 12 and immediately thinking it was a 20. Live and learn.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:59 PM
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I'm actually surprised you didn't have a round just drop down into the barrel! XD
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:35 PM
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Oui!, I agree with Nick,
This actually the first I've heard about poor extraction in the 870?, I've got three of them, a 12, a 16 and a 20, they're all rock stars!, soaked with GALLONS! of rain, a ton of mud and a hose down with WD-40 to keep the rust at bay, you can't kill one of them!??, maybe some guys can??, I can't imagine why??, one couldn't be repaired??
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:54 PM
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I ran some Winchester bulk 12 gauge shells from Wally World in my 870 that didn't eject reliably. I quit using them, only buy their Federal valu-paks and haven't had a problem since.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:27 AM
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A note on Remington service, it is excellent. I had feeding issues with my 870, they sent me a shipping label, I sent it in, they assessed it and fixed it and returned it perfect in about 8 days. This was warranty covered but I would definitely call it a positive experience with the company overall.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:57 AM
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You're not a fool, you're human!
But it is funny...
+ 100....This is funny. At least you didn't put the .40 in the .45 like I believe AndyC saw someone do.

I vote that with NickA's well written instructions, this should be a sticky. You know, for educational purposes. Just kidding OP, we all live and learn. Well, most of us live anyway.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:30 AM
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Now that's funny, Glad you got your "Issue" resolved.

As for the 870, it is fixable, and is a damn fine gun. I have a 12 guage that was bought when I was 10 years old, I am now 28 and that gun has well over 50k rounds through it. Things are a little loose, but it still runs like a champ. It was my first shot gun, and no matter what I will never get rid of it.
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