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:

Remington 870 Work Without the Ejector Spring
Remington 870 Work Without the Ejector Spring
Broken Remington 870 Ejector
Broken Remington 870 Ejector

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.

Broken Ejector on Remington 870 Express Shotgun
Broken Ejector on Remington 870 Express Shotgun

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:

Broken Ejector on Remington 870 Express Shotgun
Broken Ejector on Remington 870 Express Shotgun

Parts to Replace the Broken Ejector and Ejector Spring

You will need following items to fix the ejector and ejector spring:

Remington 870 Rivets, Ejector and Ejector Spring
Remington 870 Rivets, Ejector and Ejector Spring
Broken Remington 870 Ejector Spring
Broken Remington 870 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 Rivet Cutter
Remington 870 Ejector Rivet Cutter

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

Cutted Remington 870 Ejector Spring Rivet
Cutted Remington 870 Ejector Spring Rivet

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

Remington 870 Ejector Spring (new and broken)
Remington 870 Ejector Spring (new and broken)

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 Remington 870 Ejector Spring Rivet
Re-Peening Remington 870 Ejector Spring Rivet

Re-peening should be done using small punches or punches from the Brownells Remington 870 Rivet Staking Tool Set.

Brownells Rivet Staking Tool Set
Brownells 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:

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Remington 870 Ejector Spring
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Rivet Staking Tool Set
Rivet Staking Tool Set
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Ejector Rivet, Front
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Ejector Rivet, Rear
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5 comments

  1. Peyton Quinn

    I have been teaching unarmed self defense for nearly 30 years now. And as a combat vetreran firearms as wellfor almost as long. People come from all over the planet to train in my methods for two decades plus.The Iiareli’s have even adopted my training methods.

    I have been using the Mossberg 500 for years in one module of my courses. After a few decades they wore out. and I replaced them with the 870 after after my Massad and US piolice, DEA students and other recommended them so highly.

    But having bought them they jam so much ,. all failures to eject, that is shells hanging up in the breech, that I am ready to shitcan them all. I am totally amszed at this too.

    Can you please give me any explanation for this failute, is ther any known remedy?

    I am going back to to the Mossberg 500 because pepole’s lives depend on my training and instruction. I just can’t understand what is happening here. Why are all my 870’s failing like trhis so consistently?

    Peyton Quinn
    http://www.rmcat.com,

    1. I know this is an old post, but here’re my thoughts on why you may see shells sticking in the chamber:

      1) Were the new guns cleaned and inspected? 870s tend to come from the factory with a protective coating of oil or grease, which can effectively reduce the interior diameter of the chamber (especially if it collected dust in a gun shop or warehouse for a while before being sold). It’s highly recommended to clean and polish the chamber of a new 870 before taking it shooting for the first time.

      2) Were the new 870s put into use right out of the box? Like many guns, 870s are not at their best until they are broken in; and they only get better with use. There’s a reason old, well-used 870s are known for their silky-smooth actions. As they come from the factory, 870s (especially the budget-level models) can have roughly-finished areas inside the chamber and receiver that can increase the chances of hang-ups. As the gun is cycled and fired, these rough areas will be smoothed down, and the gun will function more smoothly and reliably. Polishing the chamber as mentioned above can help this process along.

      3) What ammunition are you using? Cheap, steel-based target loads (especially Winchester Universals, which have a reputation for jamming all different kinds of shotguns) are more likely to over-expand and hang up in the chamber than brass-base shells or heavier-built steel-based shells, due to a combination of steel’s poor recovery (shrinking back down after firing), and the thin metal some manufacturers use to try to save money. Some brands are better than others, and there really isn’t a price difference between the good stuff and the crappy stuff (in fact, the good-quality target loads I buy are cheaper than the crappy shells that choke guns). When you combine cheap, poorly-built shotshells with a new shotgun that isn’t broken in, these hang-ups become far more likely.

  2. Short stroking is the number one cause of stove pipes, cheap ammo doesn’t help of course. good luck, J.R.

  3. Just like a spell check can be beneficial to your recipients in understanding the point you are making, A good cleaning and function check can benefit your weapons operation.
    Simply put, —>Don’t Slack<—

    As far as reliability on the 870 goes;
    A. Are you right and Remington 870's are failures?
    ———— OR —————
    B. Are Police, Military and the rest of the world right about them being the most reliable for over 50 years?

    Reflect.

  4. I Recently received The brownells Rivet Set And Repeened The Rivet After Cutting The Old Head Off. It Was Simple With The tool but Keep In Mind To Not press To Hard For The Old Spring Will Completely torch The Rivet Cutter Tip Right Off. Now My Only Question Is Can You Make A Video On A Complete Front Rivet Replacement And How To Accomplish Step By Step? It Would Be Much Appreciated Since I Think I’m Going To Have to Do This one Day Due To Not enough rivet Material Being Left Behind To Peen Over.

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