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Old August 4, 2000, 10:59 AM   #1
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Is it okay to dryfire Rem 870 without a snapcap?

Will extended dryfiring w/o a snapcap break its firing pin?

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Old August 4, 2000, 11:50 AM   #2
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Why risk it? Pay the $5 for a good snap cap and save yourself some trouble. Love your gun, and it will love you back.

I think the 870's pin is sprung, so I think it would be alright. But still....

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Old August 4, 2000, 12:47 PM   #3
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Hueco:

I have s snapcap. However, unlike in a handgun, I find that it is annoying to have to keep re-chambering the snapcap for each "click."

It does not allow me to practice certain drills.

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Old August 4, 2000, 12:59 PM   #4
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I was told dryfiring an 870 in cold weather could result in firing pin breakage. Haven't seen it yet....
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Old August 4, 2000, 01:13 PM   #5
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Get multiple snappers then. They'll feed through mags.


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Old August 4, 2000, 03:48 PM   #6
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Does the Rem 870 have a firing pin spring? If it does, I wouldn't worry about snap caps.

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Old August 4, 2000, 11:23 PM   #7
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Hueco:

Shotgun snapcaps DO NOT cycle through the magazine tube. They will get stuck.

Justin:

I do not know if it has a firing pin spring. I imagine it does.

Can someone give me a conclusive answer? Otherwise, I will call Remington on Monday and find out.

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Old August 5, 2000, 12:32 AM   #8
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This is not conclusive, but the little 870 instruction manual says not to pull the trigger a lot when the barrel is removed. To me this implies that it is not necessarily bad to pull the trigger on an empty chamber as long as the barrel is installed. They don't state anywhere not to dry fire it. Anyway, I've dry fired my 870 a lot with no problems or sign of pin wear.

This part is conclusive, it definitely has a firing pin spring.
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Old August 5, 2000, 01:27 AM   #9
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Yes, it is okay to dry fire the 870. I've never experienced a broken firing pin on that gun.

Yes, it does have a spring.

No, snap caps aren't the answer. They do tend to jam and break too often.

No, it is not okay to dry fire with the barrel removed for other reasons. I don't believe my manual said a thing about dry-firing with the barrel on though.
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Old August 5, 2000, 07:37 AM   #10
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skor what to do is take a pencil eraser,yep a pencil eraser and a deprimed shell, load a wad and shot no powder in the shell crimp it and then super glue in the pencil eraser in the primer cup,works wonders and saves the pin bud. this way you can stack a full mag with them and do the drill with rubbered safetey . 8o)
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Old August 7, 2000, 10:43 PM   #11
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Get a set of A-ZOOM machined aluminum 12G snaps with the plastic primer cap that never wears out. They Chamber no-problem in my 870 and do not break.
www.a-zoom.com

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Old August 7, 2000, 10:49 PM   #12
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Bennett Richard:

I have a set of A-Zoom snapcaps in 9mm Parabellum. I will say that they are tougher in the "primer" area than, say, Armsport.

However, their rims seem to be quite weak. A couple of them will not extract from the chamber anymore, because the rims have been worn out...

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