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Walther Rathenau
December 17, 2014, 20:17
I'm going to be leaving this shotty somewhere for a while and I should would like to figure out whats wrong with it before I do.
It almost always makes the new shell fall low and get stuck below the chamber.
Reracking it always fixes it.
It's an 870 police, I have no idea how old it is.

Walther Rathenau
December 17, 2014, 20:35
Now I'm just cycling shells and it works fine. Maybe it was too oiled both times I took it out. I'll test it tommorow with firing it.

abbynormal
December 17, 2014, 21:39
sounds like you are Short shucking or Short Cycling it. The shell gets caught between the lifter and the bolt and you have to "pogo stick" it to get the bolt retracted

d762nato
December 18, 2014, 13:30
sounds like you are Short shucking or Short Cycling it. The shell gets caught between the lifter and the bolt and you have to "pogo stick" it to get the bolt retracted

+1 sounds about right.

kotengu
December 18, 2014, 18:39
If it's not lifting the shell into place reliably, it could be a worn carrier dog spring. They're cheap and easy to replace: http://www.rem870.com/2012/06/17/remington-870-carrier-latch-spring-upgrade/

gates
December 20, 2014, 00:40
Walther - by your account you are "short stroking" the shotgun...

Walther Rathenau
December 25, 2014, 23:54
So your saying I'm not pulling the action fully rearward? I didn't have this problem with my new 870 express, but the action did feel a lot different. I probably will by the carrier dog spring.

Popacap
December 26, 2014, 00:21
9 times out of 10 its due to bad crimps on Winchester UNIVERSAL brand shells. Notice the crimp on the UNIVERSAL is flared out which causes issues in many shotguns. The crimps on the other brands are perfectly rounded which allows better cycling.http://i59.tinypic.com/eit9qd.jpg