If you brake a Remington 870 ejector or ejector spring, then you’re likely going to need a good rivet staking tool. The Remington 870 Rivet Staking Tool Set is a must-have for easily installing the ejector and ejector spring on Remington 870 shotgun. This tool set comes with 2 ground punches which are specially made for this particular fitting task.
If you have a loose latch in your Remington 870 pump-action shotgun or Remington 1100 semi-automatic shotgun, then you probably know how difficult it can be to restake the latch with just a staker and hammer. The Remington 870/1100 Shell Latch Staking Tool will make your restaking job so much easier. Not only will it help you locate the shell latch that is loose, but it will allow you to restake the latch without the need of a hammer. If you like staking latches with ease and convenience, then you should invest in this tool right away.
Remington 870 for Practical Shooting (IPSC, 3-Gun) – Modifications to Improve Reliabliliy, Feeding, Extraction and Ejection
As you know, I have a new Remington 870 Combo and fired about 11000 rounds through it during this year. I use it for practical shooting (IPSC) which means that I need extremely reliable and fast shotgun. Each tenth of a second means a lot!
So, let me start my story about the Remington 870 “Practical”.
I was curious about that but never had a chance to test that. But recently the ejector spring broke on my Remington 870 and that was a good opportunity to test the shotgun without the ejector spring.
It will work! The shotgun was working properly but with much bigger chance of the stove pipe problem. I had a stove pipe for about each 5-10 shots. So yes, you can still use your shotgun with broken ejector spring in an emergency situation but you need to replace the ejector spring as soon as possible.
There is one issue which you can experience with Remington 870. It is called “sticky chamber or a “rough chamber”. It happens often with cheap ammo. And you need to polish the chamber to be able to use any ammo you want. I have posted instructions on how to polish the Remington 870 chamber some time ago, but now I want to give you 3 more ways to polish the 870 chamber.
Here is how-to article from Banshee from Remington 870 Forum.
See previous post here: Remington 870 Modification for More Reliable Fast Shooting
There is another difficult to identify problem of the Remington 870. Sometimes, it is very difficult to to pull the forend after the shot. You need to pull it several times to extract the fired shotshell from the chamber. Polishing a chamber helps but it still can happen.
Failure to feed is a pretty rare problem which is also difficult to identify. I didn’t understand what happened first times when I experienced it. You feel that you hit something when you push forend forward trying to feed another round and when you check what happened you see a shotshell on a carrier and everything looks normal.
Hogue short LOP stock was too short for me for competition use (but great for home defense) and standard stock was a little too long. So I decided to remvoe half of inch for a perfect fit. Watch the video.
The original Remington 870 shotgun was designed in a way that allowed the shotshell to get jammed between the carrier and the bolt. If you tried to remove the shell, it would be a rather difficult process. If you ask anyone who used Remington 870 shotguns before the 1980s, they’ll tell you that it required a user to disassemble the shotgun. Don’t do what a lot of gun owners do and just slam your shotgun onto a hard surface because that will damage the action bars.