There are several common problems of Remington 870 shotgun. They are well known but new owners may have problems diagnosing and fixing them.

So, I decided to list the most common problems and how to fix them. Remington 870 is a very good shotgun, you just need to understand how to use it.

1. Failure to extract.

Remington 870 - Shell Stuck in a Barrel

Remington 870 – Shell Stuck in a Barrel

This is when fired shotshell becomes stuck in the chamber. Failure to extract problem is one of the most common Remington 870 problems. It is often happens with cheap and low brass ammo.

There are several possible solutions to fix this problem. First, buy several boxes of ammo from different manufacturers and test what ammo will be good for your shotgun. You many even not need to do any changes to your Remington 870.

Another way to fix failure to extract is to install non-MIM extractor on your Remington 870 shotgun. It is sturdier than MIM extractor and this may help. There is also new Volquartsen Remington 870 Exact Edge Extractor which is also better than standard MIM extractor.

But if you tried everything above and still have failures to extract then you many need to polish a chamber of your shotgun.

Some of the new Remington 870 shotguns have failure to extract problems. Let’s see why they happen and how can we fix this.

Failure to extract happens when we cannot extract fired shell. This prevents shotgun from loading new shell into chamber. This is bad, especially during home defense situation.

There are several ways to fix Remington 870 failure to extract.

Rack harder, rack faster!

Give your Remington 870 to more expreienced shotgunner for tests. Is everything ok? Does he have failure to extract problems? If no, then something is wrong with your skills.

Try to rack your shotgun faster and harder. Believe me, Remington 870 is very strong shotgun and you don’t need to be gentle when reloading shotgun. This may fix failure to extract problem.

Polish chamber

Check chamber of your Remington 870, is it rough? After shot, shell hull extends in size and if your chamber is rough it becomes difficult to extract fired shell. You will need to polish Remington 870 chamber to fix failure to extract problem.

Change Extractor

Check extractor of your Remington 870. Is it old? Does it look damaged or you can see that it has marks of wear and tear? Is it factory MIM extractor? Replace it with non-MIM extractor. This may fix failure to extract problem.

Check Ejector

Check Remington 870 ejector and ejector spring, do they look ok? If no, replace them, this one of the most often problems which cause failure to extract problems.

Readers, do you know any other ways of fixing Remington 870 failure to extract?

2. Rust.

Rusty Remington 870 Wingmaster

Rusty Remington 870 Wingmaster

Remington 870 Express easily rusts but this also happens to its closest competitor – Mossberg 500 (receiver is made of aluminum but it has steel barrel, magazine tube etc.). So, make sure that you always clean and lube your shotgun. Thin layer of oil will protect exterior of your shotgun from rust.

Remember that when you carry your shotgun from cold environment into a warm room, condensate will appear on metal surfaces. Make sure to wipe all water from the shotgun.

Also, rust inhibitors like Shooter’s Choice Rust Prevent will help you to protect your shotgun from rust even under rain.

3. Broken Ejector or Ejector Spring.

Broken Ejector on Remington 870 Express Shotgun

Broken Ejector on Remington 870 Express Shotgun

Remington 870 ejector or ejector spring can be easily broken. Sometimes you can use shotgun for years and shoot thousands of rounds and everything will be ok but sometimes this can happen to almost new shotgun.

Broken ejector or ejector spring is not a part that you can easily change without tools. You can have a gunsmith do this repair for you or you can order set of special tools and fix this problem at home.

Remington 870 ejector spring replacement is easy to do when you have the right tools. This doesn’t happen often but it is better to have spare parts ready.

Read more: Remington 870 Ejector Spring Replacement

4. Follower stuck in a joint between magazine tube and magazine tube extension

Nordic Components Shotgun Follower

Nordic Components Shotgun Follower

When you cannot load the magazine of your shotgun to the full capacity. It looks like something is stuck inside and you just cannot insert next round into the magazine tube. Or when spring is stuck behind the follower and there is no pressure on rounds and they just travel freely inside of the magazine tube.

This can happen with both standard and aftermarket followers. So, be sure to test your shotgun on a shooting range to ensure proper and reliable functioning of your Remington 870 shotgun.

I highly recommend changing standard follower with one of the aftermarket followers for Remington 870.

Do you know any other common Remington 870 problems? Please leave a comment.