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870 Jam

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Shipbuilder, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. Shipbuilder

    Shipbuilder TS Member

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    This morning was our last day of duck season, about 25 deg plenty of ducks. I was shooting a 1962 vintage 2 3/4 870 that I have shot for 50 years with no problems.

    Loaded it with #4 Hevi Shot for first two shots and a black hulled Remington 1 1/8 #2 steel for the 3rd, normally use these for shooting cripples. We knocked down a pair of Gadwalls and I fired the 3rd shot at one that had its head up. The slide would not open after the 3rd shot.

    I could not clear the jam in the field in spite of removing the trigger group. When I got home I was able to clear it with a cleaning rod.The black hulled Remington was about 5 years old and had been wet numerous times. Showed some rust on the brass but nothing heavy and nothing I have not shot before.

    Anyone had anything similar? Guess its time to dispose of the old shells.

    Jim
     
  2. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    Steel hull base.
     
  3. OldGoat

    OldGoat Well-Known Member

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    Yes, steel hull base expands in the chamber and will not allow extraction. Common problem....thoroughly clean (scrub and polish) barrel chamber and avoid steel based shells. Best Regards, Ed
     
  4. Rem 1100

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    Is your gun a full choke? Probably created excess pressure with the steel shot load on that last shot which caused the case to stick? I've heard you shouldn't shoot steel through a fixed full choke.

    Just a guess on my end

    Good luck
     
  5. ricks1

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    rem has it never shoot steel in old fix ch and its hard to find not steel heads at cheap price
     
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