Today, I was checking several Remington 870 Police shotguns in the gun shop and found out that ejector looks different:

Remington 870 Ejector New
Remington 870 Ejector New

Compared to the old Remington 870 Police ejector:

Remington 870 Ejector New
Remington 870 Ejector New

New ejector is thicker and looks more reliable. Some Remington 870 owners sent me photos of that part broken but I’ve never experienced that: The Most Frequent Problem with Remington 870 – Broken Ejector or Ejector Spring

Article by JP

Slide to Frame fitting

Well, my slide/frame fitting tools arrived from Brownells and Enco. These included the following:

Brownells slide/frame file
Brownells lapping compound (600 and 800 pack)
-12″ x 18″ x 3″ block of granite…equilateral to 0.0001″
-220 grit sand paper sheets (for placing on the granite and sanding to a perfectly flat surface)

I got started by placing a sheet of sand paper onto the granite slab, turning the frame updside down in my hand, and sanding the top of the rails. This took a while, but I was able to knock off a couple of thousandths and get the rail height pretty close, or so I thought. I then turned the frame on its side and did the same thing to get the sides of the rails shaved down a bit. This was harder to do, and took more time.

I guess I started getting tired because I started to hurry. BIG mistake. I ended up forcing the slide a little too far onto the rails and it got stuck. After placing the frame in my bench vise and using a rubber mallet to remove the slide, I decided to take a break. At this point I also had shed some blood because I was gripping the sharp edges of the slide so tightly. Did I mention that this is actually relaxing?

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The Shotgun

Remington 870 Project by JP

Several months ago I changed jobs, and in doing so, ended up adding an entirely new area of north Texas to my daily routine. Early on, I would take my lunch break and drive around the surrounding areas to “explore” not only lunch options, but also to just familiarize myself with the local community and businesses that were now nearby. One day after lunch I was driving back to the office and came across a small pawn shop with a sign that was actually bigger than the building itself. I went inside. They had the typical pawn shop items available, which meant that they didn’t have much that I was interested in buying for myself. However, they did have an old Remington 870 Wingmaster tucked away in the corner….I had to take a look.

It was old- I didn’t write down the serial number to research later, but I knew by looking at it that it was old. I actually dismissed it after holding it for only a couple of seconds. My lunch break was getting longer than I’d wanted, so I needed to go.

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The Flex Hone is constructed with hundreds of little balls that are abrasive to the touch and flexible enough to clean those tough to reach areas. If you have an older shotgun with an old barrel then the Flex Hone can clean and polish it properly to make it look new. If you already have a new shotgun with a new shotgun barrel, the Flex Hone will polish it up and make it look better than ever.

It can be used to polish rough barrel or to remove rust and pitting.

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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.

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If you have a loose latch in your Remington 870 pump-action shotgun or Remington 1100 semi-automatic shotgun, then you probably know how difficult it can be to restake the latch with just a staker and hammer. The Remington 870/1100 Shell Latch Staking Tool will make your restaking job so much easier. Not only will it help you locate the shell latch that is loose, but it will allow you to restake the latch without the need of a hammer. If you like staking latches with ease and convenience, then you should invest in this tool right away.

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As you know, I have a new Remington 870 Combo and fired about 11000 rounds through it during this year. I use it for practical shooting (IPSC) which means that I need extremely reliable and fast shotgun. Each tenth of a second means a lot!

So, let me start my story about the Remington 870 “Practical”.

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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.

Remington 870 Work Without the Ejector Spring
Remington 870 Work 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.

There is one issue which you can experience with Remington 870. It is called “sticky chamber or a “rough chamber”. It happens often with cheap ammo. And you need to polish the chamber to be able to use any ammo you want. I have posted instructions on how to polish the Remington 870 chamber some time ago, but now I want to give you 3 more ways to polish the 870 chamber.

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