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Old September 24, 2013, 08:46 PM   #26
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Hey man, it's your gun. If you want to treat it like crap, more power to you. Try cleaning the hell out of it and it might fix your problem.
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Old September 24, 2013, 09:52 PM   #27
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Easy to find out whats wrong though. Disassemble. Check your breech when you pull the barrel, check your slides and rails when you pull the forearm and bolt. It could be a number of things. Could be your breech is nasty and those rounds just got stuck. I'd imagine you'd of seen some trace of that on the shells though.

On a side note I was talking to a buddy today and his rem 11 has one of those cheap rounds jammed in it and the action wont open...while that gun is old, it was cleaned. Maybe the chambers are reamed a bit tighter? I dunno. Interesting question to ponder.
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Old September 24, 2013, 10:14 PM   #28
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Beretta, barring outright rust & pitting in the 1st inch of the chamber the cleanliness
of your 870 is not your problem. (Cleaning/spinning some oiled medium steel wool in
that 1st inch wouldn't hurt though.)

The problem is in the steel-base ammunition now being sold as "bargain" Once fired it is
permanently expanded to the point that it will not re-enter the chamber. If it won't even
drop back in, what bad things does that imply about getting it out in the 1st place ?

Change to better quality hull bases and the problem will go away.
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Old September 25, 2013, 03:47 PM   #29
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Sure I probably "should" clean it more often, but until now I've never had a problem.
Yeah, I don't get too worked up about 870 cleaning. I usually don't clean them until they start giving me problems. And usually, that problem is the spent rounds sticking in the chamber.

Cleaning also gives you the opportunity to give all the parts and pieces a good examination.
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Old September 25, 2013, 03:54 PM   #30
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The 6 "P" edict

Proper preventive maintenance prevents **** poor performance, has been around for a very long time. Each time we ignore it we create the enviroment for FAILURE.

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Old September 28, 2013, 02:22 AM   #31
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686, I'm not an OC gun scrubber either. But the previous owner(s) of an old Revelation/Mossberg 500A I acquired, has us both beat. It was an old 70's gun that had layers of unburnt powder particles caked into the trigger assembly... took a soaking in Hoppes No 9 and two cans of carb cleaner to clean it out.

Your Express is of about the same vintage as my old Special Purpose, which was problematic as well. The issue with that one was an oddball shell carrier, not difficulty in unlocking. I'd say it's time to scrub your chamber bolt, carrier and the locking lug in the receiver.

FWIW my old '79 Wingmaster gobbles Universal, etc. by the hundreds.
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