View Full Version : Remington 870 action

February 25, 2009, 08:11 PM
I got a new 870 recently and am wondering if my action is normal.

When i cycle the action, it is smooth and easy until about half way, then it hits like a wall of resistance and the rest of the pull is harder then the first half. If you do it quick with authority, you don't notice it; however, when done slowly...it is a big difference in force.

Just thought I would see if this is normal or something hanging up on mine.


February 25, 2009, 08:38 PM
You're feeling the bolt contacting the hammer and the ejector assembly and the action bars operating the shell releases.

Use will smooth things out nicely.

February 25, 2009, 10:34 PM
Dfariswheel is right on, it's just begging to be shot.

Scattergun Bob
February 25, 2009, 11:45 PM
The next issue past "wearing in" your 870 is that the 870 was never designed to operate in a powder puff manner, it was designed to accommodate slamming the working parts back and forward. Do this and the gun will butter up and be the pump gun of legend. number 3 behind m12 and m37 scatterguns.

Good Luck & Be Safe

February 26, 2009, 02:22 AM
Just what ol' scattergun bob said: Pump that thing like your mad at it!
That will do two things: first it will eject the emtpy out of the way and get rid of that "wall" feeling, then slam it home.
The other is it prevents you from short-shucking a round and that is one thing you really don't want to deal with.:cool:

*Ask me how I know? Well, duck hunting, standing in three feet of ice cold water and a jammed gun, with birdies flying all around me!

February 26, 2009, 06:52 AM
Somehow I never envisioned the words 870 & powerpuff together.LOL

February 26, 2009, 08:54 AM
I figured as much, just thought I would check as my old 20ga 870 special field is much smoother. Must be the new gun thing, it only has about 100 rounds through it.

Thanks for the input!

February 26, 2009, 09:14 AM
Jr, The feel you mention will always be there. You have several tasks being completed as you rack the slide fore and aft... obvious is bolt moves back and forth...
But on a mossberg, likely the remington has similar parts..., the hammer has to be cocked against spring pressure, the shell loader drops and there is resistance when it depresses the shell holder lever bar, as you go forward you are lifting the weight of a shell too. But it is the back cycle that has most of the resisting operations.