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Old January 30, 2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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new 870 not picking up new shell after the shot

just purchased a new 879 camo turkeyexpress with 21" barrel and extended extra full choke. was at the range saturday trying it out for a coyote hunt that night. was using kent ultimate 3" 1 3/4 ounce #4 shot turkey loads. heres the problem (other than the heavy recoil) i shoot the 1st shot , the fore end slides almost all the way back i finish pulling it rest of way back and push foreward to chamber another shell, to find itdidnot pick up another shell. but if i push the foreend ahead a little , only a fraction , then pull it back it kicks out spent shell and picks up new 1 and chambers it. am i ( limp wristing) the foreend ore is there a prob with the weapon didn't have any low base shells with me to try them, usually have them in truck in ammo box but my son was in them and didn't replace what he shot up thanks for any help you all can offer.
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Old February 1, 2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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im not sure if its correct in your shotgun but i have a marlin 120 and when i shoot heavy turkey rounds or slugs thrue it it does the same thing. but i polished the action.

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Old February 1, 2011, 09:41 PM   #3
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Thats odd, id say its the gun. If you fire your shot then just make a smooth pull back the whole way then slam it back forward and it doesnt pick up its the gun. You shouldnt have to move it around a little bit at the back to make it pick up
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Old February 2, 2011, 01:46 PM   #4
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Make sure you are engaging the extractor -- when chambering the first round, snap the forend smartly forward.

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Old February 3, 2011, 03:58 AM   #5
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870s are made to work with authority. Reliability is the primary award winning part of owning one. I have many, my 5 Son's and Wife all have at least one. Speaking with thousands of rounds of experience, some, depending on the hull being used, or the break in possibly needed, may need a little more forward and or reward authority to cycle fully. I find this more typical with high based shells, but have had an occasional AA or other standard shell do it. The shell holder on a new one is angled out a bit more than on a good broken in one. An example of this would be to rack the action all the way back, or open as it were, completely until it stops. Now as gently as possible, with the barrel facing straight up, try to pick the shotgun up by the forend stock without causing the action to slide closed. If you can't pick it up without the action closing, then it's just in need of lots of break in. I sped the break in up in two diferent ways. I either keep the barrel clean, but don't clean the action as it help to smooth out the contact surfaces, rails, shell holders, and reciever surfaces. You can either do it this way or you can hand lap all the contact surfaces. l can assure you nothing is wrong with your 870. They are so reliably simplistic my Son's at the age of 8 or so would have on going contests with one another to see who could completely break one down and reassemble it blind folded in the shortest amount of time. I think the last record was under 2 minutes and a few sliced fingers on the broken in reciever rail slots. If the inside of the reciever isn't razor blade sharp it isn't yet broken in all the way. My 870s range in age from 40 years old to a couple years old and none have ever broken or had any problems. We shoot everything out of them, and like I said, the high base shells are more prone to requiring a good authority handling. Don't worry about hurting them, just man handle it as hard as it takes to completely open and close it. as if you are angry with it. I would say treat it like you hate it, but that just wouldn't be the right thing to say about the most durable, reliable, and finest all around shotgun ever manufactured. My last comment on this, slam and bam!
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