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While duck hunting a couple of weeks ago, my 870 starting acting up. I could chamber and fire the first shot just fine, but when I went to cycle the action and chamber another shell, the pump wouldn't unlock normally. I would literally have to put th

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  • While duck hunting a couple of weeks ago, my 870 starting acting up. I could chamber and fire the first shot just fine, but when I went to cycle the action and chamber another shell, the pump wouldn't unlock normally. I would literally have to put th

    While duck hunting a couple of weeks ago, my 870 starting acting up. I could chamber and fire the first shot just fine, but when I went to cycle the action and chamber another shell, the pump wouldn't unlock normally. I would literally have to put the butt against my knee and use both hands and a liberal helping of brute force to get the pump to slide back. It basically turned the gun into a single-shot, which was very aggrivating when the ducks were flying all around. I had this same problem a few years ago, and a good cleaning and oiling took care of it. But this time, taking the action completely apart and cleaning and lubing it thoroughly didn't help much - the next day it was acting up again. Any ideas about what might be wrong and how to fix it? I'd rather not have to spend the money on a gunsmith, if I can avoid it.

  • #2
    Something is definitely not right. I had a 870 that used to unlock right after firing. I was not sure about it so wrote Remington. They wrote back and said that was how the action was designed, a feature to help with a fast follow up shot. Take yours to a gunsmith to be examined.

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    • #3
      Check your ejector rails, if they aren't even then one might be causing it to stick up on the barrel extension. Have you tried other brand ammos? Maybe your 'ol faithfuls' changed their crimps or cheaper rimmed shells are sticking. Thinking of a semi auto issue, not sure it would affect a pump or not, but a weak feed tube spring can throw off alot of the weapons functioning harmony. These are my best guesses.

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      • #4
        I would clean everything, grab a box of shells and try and replicate the problem again. I have noticed that if I am pulling back on the foregrip with a moderate amount of pressure, that many pumps would jam as you described. Try shooting with minimal or no pulling on the foregrip, just enough to point the gun.

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        • #5
          Does it lock up after dry firing or shooting a heavier load such as a slug? If it cycles normally after either of these it points to the ammo you are using. On some ammunition the metal portion of the shell actually expands after firing. Also, check to make sure the chamber and barrel are perfectly clean. Sometimes hard to see rust, etc. can develop and cause the shells to hang up.

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          • #6
            I would be looking for a gunsmith.

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            • #7
              Are you trying to shoot doubles and triples and pumping too quick? Could be operator error... my 870 has never missed a beat, but when I let a friend borrow it for some clays one day, he would jam it almost every other shot. I diagnosed it as he was cycling too fast and trying to pump before taking the shot, therefore putting too much force on the action before it was ready to move. That is the only time it has ever happened, and only to him, so that is a random guess based on the situation...

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              • #8
                Thanks for the responses. Based on what asrenstrom and svliberte said, I think (hope) it may be my fault rather than something mechanical. I know I sometimes get a little overeager on my follow-up shots when wing-shooting, and I have a tendency to pull back on the pump when wearing heavy clothes. I'll have to try to correct those things before I go out again, and see if it makes a difference.

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                    • #11
                      Check the trigger assembly...

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