View Full Version : Problem with 870, is this normal?

March 14, 2009, 02:35 PM
I know this is a newbie question, but this happens on occasions when I'm shooting my 870.

When I fire a round, the forend/action instantly slides back maybe 2 inches back under the initial recoil of the shot. It slides back much farther when I happen to fire slugs or 00 buckshot, I'm assuming from the heavier recoil.

Now when I fire light target loads, the breech bolt remains fully closed after a round is discharged, and the forend fully forward after firing as I would expect.

Is this normal,or am I gripping the forend too lightly?

March 14, 2009, 02:46 PM
This is a common question amongst new 870 owners. This is answered by Remington on their website.

870 opens when I shoot it, is this normal? (http://remington.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/remington.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=87&p_created=954351258&p_sid=iZkI9Nsj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MjcsMjcmcF9wcm9kcz0xLDkmcF9jYXRzPSZwX3B2PTIuOSZwX2N2PSZwX3BhZ2U9MSZwX3NlYXJjaF90ZXh0PTg3MA**&p_li=&p_topview=1)

As you can see, it is perfectly normal. As you break the 870 in, and it becomes smoother, it will open further. I have one that is well worn, and it will nearly eject some shells if you fire it without touching the forend.

March 14, 2009, 02:48 PM
Want to "wear it in" quicker? Fire a few 1 1/4 oz. Foster slugs through her, and ejection is totally automatic!:eek: Just kidding.:cool: -7-

March 14, 2009, 02:54 PM
Yep, perfectly normal.

March 14, 2009, 02:55 PM
Many thanks RoscoeC!:):)

Dave McC
March 14, 2009, 03:50 PM
It's a design feature, not a problem.

Some of my 870s have rather high round counts. These darn near cycle themselves.

I found years ago that an 870 in my hands was faster cycling then an A-5 in another's.

Miculek gets 5 shots of buck off with a 870 in 2.7 seconds or less.

Betcha THAT 870 has a nice set of wear marks.....

March 14, 2009, 04:43 PM
On a new 870 the ejector helps keeps the forend forward after the trigger is pulled and or the lock is disengaged. After the action is broke in overtime the the ejector gets bent down a little. The ejector, the track it rides in on the bolt and the forend rails and tracks all get polished making the forend easier to cycle. This is a good thing. Some pay to have their 870 action smoothed out.


March 14, 2009, 11:29 PM
As noted by Remington, it is normal. I have noticed it most when firing slugs though.

March 15, 2009, 06:28 AM
i have'nt had that happen so far,not saying it will not. just it has'nt. buck,slugs bird nothing has made mine open up like that. i guess mine is not really well worn :confused:.

are you possibly pulling the shotgun really,really tight into your shoulder?

March 15, 2009, 02:27 PM
I wasn't holding my 870 hard at all when I shoulder it to fire.

March 15, 2009, 02:40 PM
When I first got back behind the gun with a tore up left hand and arm, I shot a few soft loads and put in slugs... My arm was so weak that it fully ejected every shell when I fired it and it was just a 20...

March 16, 2009, 06:33 PM
like said above perfectly normal, now all you gotta do is learn to use it to your advantage and work the slide fully to chamber the next round, pretty soon you'll be shooting as fast as an auto loader.;)


James R. Burke
March 21, 2009, 12:00 PM
The previous posts are right. I had one and it did not do it very much. Alot depends on how hard your pulling back on it when you shoot it. When I was grouse hunting it would not come back, not thinking of recoil. When I was messing aroung or shooting skeet to warm up for bird season I notice it came back more. I am sure I was thinking more on the recoil then.