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Whimpy ejection

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Ferdinandd, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Ferdinandd


    Feb 17, 2008
    I shot trap with my 870 Tactical this evening. By the way, this is excellent training, IMHO - you shoot a lot, are forced to hit small moving targets, swing left, right, up, down, etc.

    Anyway, my 870 Tactical, which has been shot about 200 times now, would barely get the empty hulls out of the receiver; one actually didn't clear it. Extraction was fine for the most part, except for one shell (cheap Estate brand), which required two hands on the forend to open the action. Hulls typically landed on the ground about 1-2 feet from me. In comparison, my M500 would chuck them about 5-7 feet.

    It seems like ejection from the 870 should be more robust. Assuming that's true, what do I need to do to correct this? Thanks in advance.
  2. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    Go to and read the red link "Install and Cleaning" make a cleaning/polishing rod as on that page and keep your chamber clean.

    The main issue is you have to rack the weapon with authority to eject a shell.

  3. Ferdinandd


    Feb 17, 2008
    Thanks for the reply J.D. This isn't my first 870, and it's about the 7th pump that I've owned. This one's ejections seems especially anemic. I'll try it out with some empty hulls tomorrow to determine what role a sitcky chamber might have played. Hoever, my impression was that a single shell was holding the gun in battery.
  4. Buffering

    Buffering The Cooler

    Aug 8, 2005
    Rocking the Casbah

    If the nuns don't have problems shooting you shouldn't either. Be more like a nun.
  5. It may be ammo related if all you were shooting was the estate brand.

    Is try some remington, federal, and winchester to see if the problem is consistent.
  6. 2-8 Marine

    2-8 Marine Limp Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    OOOPS! Wrong thread, I though this was about erectile disfunction. :whistling: