My friend has broken ejector spring on his Remington 870 recently. That is why we have recorded a video to show how to replace broken ejector spring on Remington 870. Also, you will find instructions and photos below.
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.
One of the most common problems is a broken ejector spring or broken ejector. Usually, it happens after a really big number of rounds, about 8,000-10,000 but sometimes it can happen earlier.
Here are some examples of broken ejector springs or ejectors:
Will Remington 870 Work Without the Ejector Spring?
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.
The Most Frequent Problem with Remington 870 – Broken Ejector or Ejector Spring
I receive lots of e-mails from Remington 870 owners. Many of them ask questions about upgrades or need advice about repair.
So, what is the common problem of new Remingto 870 Express shotguns? It is broken ejector spring or ejector itself. And the worst thing is that sometimes it is pretty difficult to repair it.
Here are several photos to illustrate the most frequent problems with ejector and ejector spring.
Broken Remington 870 Express Ejector:
Parts to Replace the Broken Ejector and Ejector Spring
You will need following items to fix the ejector and ejector spring:
Brownells Remington 870 Rivet Staking Tool Set Review
First of all, you will need the right tools. The easiest way to fix the ejector spring is to get an ejector spring rivet cutter from Brownells.com. Hopefully, you will not need the complete rivet staking tool set and other tools such as two special punches.
Remington 870 ejector spring replacement is easy if you have ejector spring rivet cutter. You just need to do the following steps:
1. Use the hollow-end ejector spring rivet cutter to cut off the head of the front rivet
2. Check the rivet after several revolutions
3. Remove the broken ejector spring and clean ejector
4. Insert new ejector spring and re-peen the existing rivet
5. Repeat re-peening if needed.
6. Check how shotgun works using dummy shells
The process is fast if you can re-peen the existing front rivet, if not, you will need to have more tools and will have to spend more time and efforts to remove the old rivet completely and use the new one.
Re-peening should be done using small punches or punches from the Brownells Remington 870 Rivet Staking Tool Set.
Brownells Remington 870 Rivet Staking Tool Set will make a repair of the ejector spring much easier. This tool will save you a lot of time and you will not need to remove the rivet completely. This will save you from refinishing of the Remington 870 receiver.
Remington 870 Ejector Spring Replacement Video:
Tools and parts used for Remington 870 Ejector Spring Replacement:
Updated Remington 870 Ejector?
Today, I was checking several Remington 870 Police shotguns in the gun shop and found out that ejector looks different:
Compared to the old Remington 870 Police ejector:
New ejector is thicker and looks more reliable. Some Remington 870 owners sent me photos of that part broken but I’ve never experienced that.