Originally Posted by spoonman
Just Google/Youtube 870 express jams. Unfortunately the Remington Express brand is having many quality problems from the Express line. Many people are also having problems with their RE's, rusting badly.
What brand of shell are you using? Have you tried another brand with same results? Some guns just need to be fed certain ammo. I don't think it should be that way but it is especially true with many handguns.
I have an old Wingmaster I bought brand new, it has shot a lot of game/rounds and it is as solid a gun you could ever get, never a problem with it. I could feed it any type ammo but way back when, the Remington shells were 10X's dirtier than Winchester and I have been using them ever since. Just pick up a more expensive Wingmaster Rem and then the Express and you will know the difference. Don't get me wrong I understand the need to compete with the Mossberg and other inexpensive guns but Rem has had some major issues with the Express.
IMHO Save some more money and get a more quality gun.
I would take it back ASAP. Good luck with it.
It COULD be the gun, but my money says it's the shells.
Spoonman, I would take the Google/Youtube Express jams with a grain of salt. Considering the 870 is THE most popular shotgun on the planet with over 50 million sold I would think there would be some issues reported. And, I know the 870, the 11-87 and the 1100 all are temperamental with certain shells.
I just bought two 870 Expresses for my boys and one of them had some jamming issues this past weekend. The shell ejecting was getting hung with the one coming up. We had put around 500 shots through each of the 870's the previous few weekends trap shooting and I only remember one or two jams. I don't recall which brand shells we were using. However, this past weekend the one 870 had some issues with the Federal Heavy Game loads. I usually buy Winchester Super X's and did have some Wins and switched and all was fine. I tried some of the Federals in my gun - the 1187 and I noticed they felt more "snug" in the chamber vs. the Wins. But, my 1187 had no issues with them. I'm certainly going to keep my eye on things if either of the 870's jam more frequently because it was only one of the 870's that jammed with the Federals. They were 2 3/4" btw. Haven't tried any 3 inchers yet, but I will. Just so happens Bossman that you were also having problems with the Federals. Try switching to the Wins and see if it's still happening...