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870 Feeding Issue...

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by RedneckRampage, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I just put a new Tacstar Mag Tube extention on my 870 Police. When I did it I also put the new spring in. My problem is, the shells don't get pushed out now, they stick in the tube. What should I replace? The follower or put a better, extended spring? It didn't happen before.
     
  2. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    Replace the original parts and see if the problem goes away. If it does, the problem is the new parts.

    The other possibility is that your spring is too short. What is the original capacity of the magazine and what is it after it's fully loaded? Do the first couple of rounds feed?

    H
     
  3. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    Take a look where you took out the 870's magizine spring retainer and see if there is a dimple in the enterior of the magizine. if there is a dimple the magizine spring can hang up on it and stay compressed.
     
  4. NWGunner

    NWGunner Salem Active Member

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    I've done many 870's and I agree with this answer. I think its getting hung up on the dimples. Have a good gunsmith take care of it or look online how to do it yourself. I've always used the socket method myseld to rid my 870's of the dimples. Though if you aren't a do it yourselfer I'd suggest using a smith! But, being you have a police model I never have seen dimples in any of the police 870's I've had so it may just be the parts like Halmbarte said.... So I'd try both suggestions. I'd love to hear how this ends up so please keep us up to date!
     
  5. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    It has no dimples. I've had 870s with them, so I know what you're talking about. It does not do it with the stock parts, and it only does it sometimes now. Some rounds feed fine, but around the 3rd it starts hanging up.
     
  6. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    What is the length of new spring? The standard (non-extended tube) 870 Police has a 22" Magazine Spring - measure it to make sure that is what you had before the upgrade and then measure the length of the new spring.

    Also when I was at the factory 870 Armorer school they insisted we never use the plastic follower which works fine in a standard 870P when converting 870's over to Extended Tubes and said we need to order the metal magazine spring follower to insure reliable feeding.
     
  7. NWGunner

    NWGunner Salem Active Member

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    Duhh...that would've been a great thing for me to add! I too was always told this as well as know it to be factual and was too quick to get to dinner before answering correctly! :)
     
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  8. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Ok, thanks. I will see if I can find one at the gun show tomorrow.
     
  9. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    You didn't mention the length of the new spring but the factory 870P Mag Spring for an 870P w/ Ext. Tube is 28". Check to make sure your spring to make sure it is the correct length.
     
  10. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I just pulled the gun apart and found my problem. Some joker must have bought the extention kit at Fisherman's, and thought it would be funny to return it with a stock spring in the package! The "new" and original springs are the exact same length. The one that came in my gun is more silver and the other one is goldish black. Looks like I'm taking it back to Fisherman's tomorrow.
     
  11. NWGunner

    NWGunner Salem Active Member

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    I knew I'd wanna see the outcome of this post! Sounded like you weren't doing anything wrong so was interested to hear the solution in the end :)
     
  12. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    It's like the 6th 870 I've had...lol. Everything is going wrong with this build. Still waitin on parts I ordered 3 weeks ago! Atleast I only paid $275 for the gun with nice ghost rings.
     
  13. NWGunner

    NWGunner Salem Active Member

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    Any pics? How do you like the sights? Worthy of the price and process to install them? I've always wanted to add true ghost rings to one of my 870s (and not just an ATI heatsheild with them) :)
     
  14. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I'm not technologically advanced enough to put pics on this site, but I love them. They came on the gun, so they didn't cost extra, but after having them, I'd pay the price to have them on another gun. I just want to get a tritium bead for the front.
     
  15. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Well, now I've got a new problem. I put a new mag exention and spring in. Now, I can only load 4 shells! Obviously something isn't going into the mag extention, but the follower fits, shells fit...it's really frustrating!
     
  16. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Is there a burr on the mouth of the extension? Sounds like the follower is hanging up as it hits the new tube. Bad luck gun?
     
  17. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Are you using a mag clamp? Could be too tight!
     
  18. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I've slid the follower into the extention, it went just fine, I also felt inside and felt no lip or burr. I am not using a clamp. Shells also slide through all the parts easy.
     
  19. DAPSRT

    DAPSRT Dallas, Or Active Member

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    I've had this issue and what I've found is the follower hangs up on the split between the magazine and magazine extension tubes.
     
  20. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    DAPSRT, that's exactly what I found. I slid shells in the tube with no spring or follower just fine, then I put the spring in with no follower, worked fine, but it hangs up with the follower in. Hopefully next week I'll have my Wilson set up..then it all goes off to getting coated OD.