First post here. Recently moved to the Rockies from Minnesota where I was a competitive handgun shooter for many years and involved there with the local forum. Been looking forward for a long time to my first shotgun and finally got a Remington 870. First shell out--wouldn't extract. Took it to a local expert, a Remington armorer and gunsite instructor, who has a range and a shop and we fired a bunch of all kinds of different shells. Wouldn't extract any of them including Remington shells. Called Remington and they sent me a label to send it across the country to a gunsmith in Illinois to fix. Got the gun back--still won't extract. Called Remington and they wanted me to send it back to the factory this time. I refused and insisted they send me a new barrel since my armorer had put on two different 870 barrels and both worked flawlessly. They reluctantly agreed. Several weeks later, still no barrel. I have had this brand new gun now for six weeks and have still not been able to use it, and no strong hope for any time soon. I have heard increasingly grim news about new Remington products and I think they are likely true. The last guy I talked to at the factory told me straight out that the older barrels had far less manufacturing problems than the newer barrels and that is likely why the other two barrels worked fine on the gun. Thought that was a striking and revealing comment.