Why you need to change the factory magazine follower ASAP
I receive many complaints about factory magazine follower from Remington 870 owners. It is cheap and easy to brake. This is number one cause for feeding problems. First Remington 870s had metal followers which were strong and reliable.

Remington 870 Followers

Remington 870 Followers

Changing factory magazine follower is extremely important to ensure reliable feeding. Remember, that broken extractor can stuck inside the magazine tube and you will have to disassemble your shotgun to fix that. And if we are talking about self-defense situation this is the worst case scenario.

Factory follower is junk, remove it as soon as possible!

Attention: new Remington 870 shotguns have two “dimples” in magazine tube and followers without slots in the sides will not work with them. You will need to drill out the dimples or modify a follower.

Factory Remington 870 follower is the most often cause of loading/feeding problems.

This is new review of the magazine followers available for the Remington 870 shotgun. There are several new followers in this review and updated information on the old ones.

One of the good things about Remington 870 is that it is extremely popular and different manufacturers release new products for this shotgun each year. From the time of the last review, I have found out about 5 new followers and the more choices we have the better.

There are many aftermarket magazine followers available for the Remington 870 shotgun:

  • Remington
  • Scattergun Technologies
  • Choate
  • Vang Comp Systems
  • Brownells steel follower
  • Brownells aluminum follower
  • S&J Hardware
  • Nordic Components
  • SBI Precision
  • GG&G

Magazine Spring

Don’t forget that good magazine follower is just half of the upgrade and you need good magazine spring. And there is no better spring than one from Nordic Components.

The price of the magazine follower spring is just about $8: http://tinyurl.com/7hl7vvf

Aftermarket Followers

Let’s start with the best of the aftermarket magazine followers for Remington 870 shotgun. Vang Comp Systems follower, S&J Hardware follower, Brownells followers and Nordic Components followers are the best followers on the market today. I have chosen the best followers after extreme number of tests on the range and several thousands of rounds.

You can’t go wrong with one of these followers, highly recommended followers which are used by me.

Vang Comp Systems Follower Recommended

It turned out that stainless steel follower from Vang Comp Systems works perfectly even without tail which is believed to prevent spring from kinking. I think that the reason of such good result is metal on metal contact which enables VCS follower to slide freely inside the magazine tube. Also it takes less space in a magazine tube.

This follower has a hole on the front side, which enables you to check the magazine with your finger.

Vang Comp Systems (VCS) Follower

Vang Comp Systems is made of stainless steel magazine follower. This is one of the best followers I have ever used. It is sturdy, reliable and virtually indestructible.

Advice: It requires a small modification – you need to polish sharp edges on the front of the follower.

Attention: The only one known problem is use of the Vang Comp Follower with original Remington magazine extension. Shells can move follower to the groove inside the extension and it will stuck.

Recommended Product:
Vang Stainless Follower for Remington 870

Vang Stainless Follower for Remington 870

Get it here: http://tinyurl.com/bwjs4vc

S&J Hardware Follower Recommended

Remington 870 Magazine Follower

Remington 870 Magazine Follower

S&J Hardware follower is well thought out follower which has very good features and made of a good material. There are several version of S&J Hardware, you can select one with the raised bump in the middle or one with a hole which enables you to check the magazine by touch. Also, followers available in orange or green colors. This follower is not hollow inside, and doesn’t have weak points (like the Scattergun follower). It will not break down with cleaning products and hard use. S&J Hardware follower for Remington 870 is CNC machined from 2″ thick piece of DuPont Delrin® material, which is a type of Teflon impregnated plastic. Delrin is hard enough to machine, soft enough for use, and is very slippery, making it ideal for a shotgun follower. Also this follower has a tail which is believed to prevent spring from kinking. Attention: one of the readers informed me that S&J follower stuck in a factory magazine extension of his Remington 870 shotgun.

Nordic Components Shotgun Follower Recommended

Nordic Components Follower

Nordic Components Follower

This follower is really good, it is Teflon coated which makes feeding smooth. I have tested it and it works perfectly. Nordic Components follower is also used by members of my shooting club and they told me that they never had any problems with this follower. Feeding with Nordic Components follower becomes much better and smoother because it is polished and Teflon coated.

Recommended Product:
Nordic Components Follower

Nordic Components Follower

Get Nordic Components Follower here: http://tinyurl.com/cxpposr

Brownells Stainless Steel Magazine Follower Recommended

When you hold it in your hands you feel that it is heavy and reliable, it is thick and made of stainless steel, it is even thicker than Vang Comp Systems follower. Looks good and works well, I didn’t have any malfunctions during the tests. Brownells Magazine Follower has grooves and will work with Remington 870 shotguns which have dimples but don’t have extension.

Stainless Steel Magazine Follower for Remington 870 (by Brownells)

Stainless Steel Magazine Follower for Remington 870 (by Brownells)

Brownells Stainless Steel Magazine Follower is very good alternative to Vang Comp Systems follower. It is machined, it is stainless, it is thicker than Vang Comp Systems follower. It will last forever.

Get it here: http://tinyurl.com/n9cdzr8

Brownells Aluminum Follower Recommended

Remington 870 Aluminum Follower by Brownells

Remington 870 Aluminum Follower by Brownells

Here is another follower from Brownells but now it is made of aluminum and has a bright green color.

It is a good follower, it is lightweight and bright. I like the green color because it is higly visible and you can easily see that shotgun is unloaded.

Brownells followers are good and you can choose whether you want heavy stainless steel follower or lightweigh bright aluminum one. Followers are available in different colors.

Get it here: http://tinyurl.com/n9cdzr8

Scattergun Technologies (Wilson Combat) Follower Not Recommended

Scattergun Technologies Shotgun Follower

Scattergun Technologies Shotgun Follower

This follower was one of the first aftermarket followers and became very popular, it can be easily found everywhere. There are a lot of positive comments about it.

This is high-visibility, fluorescent green follower which has a tail which is believed to improve feeding and projection in the head which allows to check the magazine by your finger. It is made of ABS nylon.

Attention: This follower has weak point. The middle part (projection) of the follower is not solid and I was able to brake it loading a magazine (it stuck and I had to use force on it).

Choate Follower Not Recommended

Choate Shotgun Follower

Choate Shotgun Follower

It is orange, made of plastic and has a very long tail. The tail is too long and takes too much of a magazine tube space. Also it doesn’t allow you to check a magazine by your finger but it is made of highly visible orange plastic.

I didn’t have problems with it but I know shooters which had problem with it: follower is too big and diameter need to be reduced to slide freely in a magazine tube.

Not tested yet:
CDM Gear
SBE Precision
GG&G

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