Fixing Remington 870 Failure to Extract Problem

There is another difficult to identify problem of the Remington 870. Sometimes, it is very difficult to to pull the forend after the shot. You need to pull it several times to extract the fired shotshell from the chamber. Polishing a chamber helps but it still can happen.

Remington 870 Recoil Lug Tooling Marks
Remington 870 Recoil Lug Tooling Marks

Recoil lug has a lot of tooling marks and all they make ejection of a fired shotshell harder. Also, you can even hear the sound of a rim going over those marks as round is fed into a chamber. You need to polish them to make feeding and extraction smoother. Also, I noticed that I have round marks on recoil lug on my older barrel, they are normal signs of wear, you just need to polish them regularly. I think that rim of the shotshell is held by those bumps.

I used dremel and sand disc to remove tooling marks and then polished that part with wheel and polishing compound. Here is how it should like to have smooth extraction of fired shotshells:

Remington 870 Polished Recoil Lug
Remington 870 Polished Recoil Lug

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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.

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