Remington 870 Worst Case Scenario Shell Jam

I have spent a day on a shooting range today. It was fantastic, getting ready for the World Shotgun Championship.

There were 2 guys with Remington 870 shotguns. Everything was ok until shotgun of one of the shooters jammed. The fired shell stuck in a barrel of his 870. When he applied force to the forend here is what happened:

Remington 870 - Shell Stuck in a Barrel
Remington 870 - Shell Stuck in a Barrel

The extractor ripped the rim of the shell off! This is the worst case scenario Remington 870 shell jam because there is no chance of taking it out fast and without special tools.

There are several ways to fix this. It is important to unload a shotgun and check that magazine is empty and safety is on. Then you need to disassemble a shotgun and use ramrod to remove the shell.

If situation requires to remove stuck shell fast, you can use ramrod to push stuck shell back with ramrod without disassembling the Remington 870.

Polishing a Remington 870 Chamber will fix this problem and extraction of fired shells will be more reliable.

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Vitaly Pedchenko

My name is Vitaly Pedchenko, I started this blog and forum to share information, tips, photos, and advice about the Remington 870 shotgun, accessories, and upgrades. Now I also own AR-15 rifle and MP5 pistol caliber carbine. I am firearms instructor, competitive shooter and IPSC Range Officer. I participate in practical shooting and 3-Gun competitions because they are the best way for me to test equipment and upgrades under stress. I am member of the PRACTICA shooting club. I also participate in REAGO, which provides Tactical Combat Casualty Care training. The main purpose of the blog and forum is to have a compilation of information about the Remington 870 shotgun in one organized, accessible place.

2 thoughts on “Remington 870 Worst Case Scenario Shell Jam

  • 02.09.2012 at 03:41

    This has happened to me many many times!!!!. This normally always happens with reloads when you don’t get the closing of the shell “just right” … i.e. shell over-crimping causing higher pressure in the shell, and the shell to expand in the chamber during discharge and getting stuck. ….

    The “fixes” proposed by Vitaly are spot on. A word of advice is not to use reloads during matches, unless you really know what you are doing!!!

  • 05.09.2012 at 16:10

    Had the exact same issue with my 870 Express Tactical especially when using budget low brass ammo. To prevent this I polished the chamber and I now pay closer attention to the chamber area when cleaning.


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