problem with Remington 870 Exp.

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Keystone48Coupe, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Keystone48Coupe

    Keystone48Coupe New Member

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    Have a new 870 exp that I purchased from a neighbor. He mistakenly bought an express when he really wanted the 870 that would receive 3.5" shells. Claims he never fired the gun, but jammed the gun trying to load a 3.5"shell. Everything on the gun seemed to be fined until I tried to load some shells in it. The action will not lock when closed (w shell). When it is empty, it closes & locks fine. Suggestions?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Welcome to FTF. Pics would be helpful. He probably bent something.
     

  3. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum. When you get the cance, go to the introductions forum, and tells the rest of us about yourself.

    I have to agree with Mountainman, it sounds to me like something in the action got bent when the 3.5 inch shell was jammed in. Post some pictures of the internal parts, both in and out of the shotgun if possible, and one of us may be able to help you find or fix the problem.
     
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    A 3-1/2" shell will load fine even in a 2-3/4" Wingmaster, unless there is something else wrong. An unfired 3-1/2" shell will eject fine too from a 3" gun. If the gun won't lock the bolt is not going fully into battery. Could be an undersized chamber, could be an oversized shell. Could be the fore end is loose and the fore end is hitting the barrel ring before it can take the shell all the way into battery.
     
  5. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    Even if he did fire a 3 1/2" shell in the gun the worst thing that could happen is the shell would get stuck in the barrel. I have seen people fire 3" shells in guns made for 2 3/4" ammo. All that happened was the empty hull got stuck in the receiver.

    I would bet he field stripped the gun and managed to put the parts in wrong.
     
  6. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    ^^^+1^^^ He did something all right.
     
  7. Gutpile

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    Barrel isn't on right. The mag cap should be on tight.
     
  8. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Really. This already. :rolleyes::p

    Funny thing, I have 3 Mossbergs and a pair of 870s in my cabinet and none of them has ever let me down. Hell, 2 of those mossbergs are old enough to collect pensions, and one of the 870 is old enough to vote. have always wondered though, what would happen if i stripped down one of each and combined the parts? Would it be called a 1370 or a 570? Would one work and the other one not work? Imagine the brand bashing then.....

    Now remember, Don't buy the Remingberg 1370. Those things are junk. Save up the extra $5 and buy the Mossington instead. But watch out for wear in that aluminum receiver, They just get so chewe up when you use the Winfedinton ammo.

    Virginian. plus one on the fore end nut. I never thought of that, and it would be just enough to keep the action from going into battery when loose. Gutpile. I agree. That may also be part of the problem. Wondering when the OP is going to update us as to if he has found the problem or not.
     
  9. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    If we don't hear from him again we can assume he fixed it.
     
  10. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That or he traded it off, and passed it on to the next vic..... um, person in line.