remington 870 question

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  1. gipper

    gipper New Member

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    I have an older remington 870 20 guage, it doesn't load all the time, when the lever (not sure if thats the correct term) is supposed to move over and let a new shell chamber, it gets hung on the shell and you have to either push it w/ your finger or push the shell back in the tube and let it go to get it to pop in. Any ideas to remedy this? The gun is in great shape, but until recently hasn't been fired in probably a good 15-20 years. Any help would be appreciated.

    Always sad in the heat of a clay shootout to pump it and hear "click" cause it didn't load...
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    15 to 20 years ?!!!

    I'd break that thing down and do a thoural cleaning AND replace every spring in it !!!!!

    Seriously.....

    mike
  3. gipper

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    do yoiu know if that specific part I'm talking about is spring loaded? read somewhere that that magazine stop/loader is riveted to the body... $ounds $uper complicated
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    There are two shell latches (right and left) on the Remington 870, which are actuated by movement of the operating handle. It's a bit more complicated than that, but that's the basic concept. Both of these shell latches SHOULD be staked in place in their receiver mortise. The latches themselves are tempered as springs, there are no seperate springs powering them.

    A good cleaning, first, is correct. Crud/rust/gunk can build up underneath the shell latch and cause it not to compress fully out of the way.

    Let us know if that solves your problem.
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  6. Country101

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    Yeah, I'd say it was due for a good cleaning.
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  7. gipper

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    I'll totally dismantle it and let you know how it goes, its the left one thats givin me problems, hopefully a good cleaning will remedy the problem
    thanks for the help guys,
  8. gipper

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    took it all apart, anyone know if the left magazine bar, (number 88 in the posted pic above) is supposed to be bent a little? Mine has a pretty dramatic curve to it, and I'm wondering if its so extreme that the action isn't pushing it enough out of the way everytime.
  9. Country101

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    Going by the picture, I'd say it should be fairly straight. It might have a little bend in it if it is like my shotgun, but not very much. Mine's a differant model though, so i dont know if it'll help ya any. Ya might try straightening it out some if you're comfortable doing it. Could help, but might hurt, too. Good luck
  10. gipper

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    bent that piece closer to beign straight, I think being so bent it was just to overpowering for the pump rails to really move it out of the way, seems to be cycling every time now, guess I might have to go shooting again next weekend and see
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    Let us know how it turns out, gipper.
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    I have every model 870 from 410 to 12. Never had a failure or a mis fire. Don
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