But I picked up my new Remington 870 Express 12 gauge yesterday and took it out to the trap range today.
It was late in the day so I only got to go thru 25 rounds - but that was pretty much enough.
Four cartridges out of five, after the gun fired, I couldn't get the slide "Fore-End" to slide back and eject the spent cartridge. The rangemaster "tapped" the but of the shotgun on the ground with authority to release it - and that's what I ended up doing most of the time I was there. He was pretty baffled - said he'd had to do that like 3 times in his life on other 870s - and here I had to pretty much every time.
From the manual:
TO OPEN THE ACTION:
1. Push upward on the action bar lock. See Picture 4.
2. Pull the fore-end rearward to open the action.
Everyone says these things are stupid reliable. I guess I'm just unlucky.
He suggested I give the shotgun a thorough cleaning - and if the prob doesn't go away send it back to Remington for repair. That is my plan, but this is where you experts come in - anything in particular I oughta be looking for/paying attention to on the 870 mechanism while I have it apart for a "normal" cleaning? Anyone seen dirt/contamination/lack of lube in key location/ cause this particular prob? I'm pretty much resigned to having to send it in... PITA.
I'm certainly no expert, but I've handled, fired, and cleaned various other guns. No shotguns until now though.
RESOLVED. The gun was repaired at a factory authorized gunsmith and now works fine. Read the entire thread for details.