Remington 870 Tips & Tricks #5: Much Ado About Shell Carriers

New great video from Synchronizor from Remington 870 Forum:

Like most other repeating shotguns, the Remington 870 uses a tubular magazine to store shells. The key role of a device called the shell carrier is to accept shells from the magazine, and line them up with the barrel for chambering.

In this video, I’ll explain the mechanics of the shell carrier’s function, address some common misconceptions and exaggerated shortcomings of the 870’s carrier, go over the design changes that have been made to it over the years, and demonstrate how to use the modern flex-tab carrier to allow an extra shell to be loaded into the gun.

Thanks to Ponycarman for taking pictures of his old 870 parts for this video.

It’s not exactly a brief video, but I wanted to at least touch on all the aspects of this key element of the 870’s action. The complexity of this video made editing it a real pain in the rear, since the editor I’m using is a very poorly-designed piece of software that required me to render this in multiple pieces, and perform the final trimming & assembly with YouTube’s clunky online editor.

I recommend watching this video with the annotations turned on. I’ll be adding various notes to provide further details or to answer questions you might have. I’ve tried to keep them unobtrusive; no giant flags blocking the video, no begging for subscriptions or likes. Since this video is lengthier than most of the others in this series, I’ll also be adding annotations at the beginning to let you jump to different “chapters”.

This continues my series of how-to videos with the Remington 870 shotgun. There are several other topics I have planned for future videos, but it’s a fluid list. I’d love to hear any suggestions you might have for video topics. I’d also appreciate any comments on the format of this series; things you liked, things you didn’t like, things you’d like to see done differently, etc. I’m still playing around with styles, formats, and programs; figuring out what works, what works well, and what doesn’t work at all, so any input would help me out.