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November 25, 2011, 11:27 PM
A friend of mine was loading my Remington 870 and he somehow lodged too many shells in the magazine tube. Right now there is 1 in the chamber and 5 in the tube. A shell is actually behind the carrier right now. The fore-end is stuck and I can't unload the gun. Any suggestions?

November 26, 2011, 12:03 AM
Try dropping the trigger out, (keep the safety on) then you should be able to access the shell stop and get them out. Mark

November 26, 2011, 12:21 AM
Be VERY careful disassembling the gun with one in the chamber. It's dangerous.

If you decide to go ahead with the process, expect the firearm to discharge at some point in the process and take the necessary precautions of keeping the gun pointed at a safe backstop. It may not go off, but if it does fire, at least that way no one is likely to be hurt badly or killed. If it goes off while you have your fingers inside the guts of the gun, understand that the recoil is going to be hard on your fingers.

November 26, 2011, 02:38 AM
What about unscrewing the magazine cap very carefully as the sping will be under a lot pressure? DOING THIS WITH THE SAFETY ON AND THE GUN POINTED IN SAFE DIRECTION SHOULD IT FIRE. After the spring is out, see if you can empty the magazine tube out the barrel lug. Clear the chamber by ejecting the round.

November 26, 2011, 11:08 AM
Thanks guys! That worked. I just pushed out the two trigger plate pins (with the safety still on) to remove the trigger assembly. My buddy swore he didn't "overload" it and he was right. One of the shells somehow got lodged underneath the carrier. I'm pretty new to gun ownership so I didn't want to start disassembling anything without getting advice. Again, thanks for your help.

November 26, 2011, 01:36 PM
This is a common problem with the 870. You must be sure the round you are loading in the magazine has been completely inserted into the magazine.