Important Information about Remington 870 Tactical

KWhite, one of the members of the Remington 870 forum has asked question about Remington 870 Tactical:

“I just bought my first 870 (I came over from the also excellent Winnie 1300) and ended up getting the basic Tactical. I ordered a Rem slug barrel online – 20″ smoothbore -and I just dropped it in.

An issue: the barrel is fully seated but does not ‘lock’ in, i.e. I can manually disengage the barrel from the receiver quite easily. This seems… problematic.

The 18.5 tactical barrel I just took off of it has a belted groove near the receiver end that seats in the receiver that the slug barrel lacks, as well as a shallower slot opposite the receiver’s opening. Is this what is causing the slide-out?”

Remington 870 Tactical Belt Groove

Remington 870 Tactical Belt Groove

“What it looks like is that the barrel ring on the tactical barrel is what holds the barrel on by its tight proximity to the mag cap (extended mag). Since the slug barrel’s ring is farther down the barrel, and therefore not in contact with the mag cap, then there’s naught to hold the barrel into the receiver.”

Remington 870 Tactical Belt Groove

Remington 870 Tactical Belt Groove

 

Remington 870 Tactical Belt Groove

Remington 870 Tactical Belt Groove

Later, he has found solution to this problem:

“I just learned this about the 870 Tactical: “Due to the location of the barrel ring on this model you can not change to other Remington Barrels as this is the only one made for this weapon.

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