Question on 12 gauge shotgun capacity

Discussion in 'Weapons and Tactics' started by Edison Carasio, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    19,962
    Likes Received:
    36,882
    Quick question if one of you guys can answer for me. I'm reading that my Remington 870 currently has a 3 shell capacity. My question is does this mean that the capacity of "three total" means one in the chamber (correct me if wrong terminology) and 2 in the magazine? Or should the "capacity" listed mean 3 in the magazine which would mean it's really 3+1 if you load one into the chamber?

    I picked up some dummy shells off amazon to just to practice safe loading and unloading with and I can only fit two shells in the magazine tube. The third one only goes in half way. The magazine plug was very long if I recall. I'm at work so I can't break down the whole thing and it was late when I opened the package of dummy shells last night.

    EDIT
    I know there are magazine tube extensions to go up to 7 + shells but I don't really need that personally. Just two in the tube and one chambered seemed a little light.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2016
  2. DevilsLettuce

    DevilsLettuce is a bit of a douchebag Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2015
    Messages:
    7,760
    Likes Received:
    12,773
    Location:
    LegalWeedistan
    Should be 3+1. Capacity usually refers to mag size.

    Make sure you're using 2-3/4" shells, longer ones will obviously not fit to full capacity.
     
    sub_thug and Gregolian like this.
  3. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    19,962
    Likes Received:
    36,882
    That's what I thought on the shell size, but I checked the product and it said it's 2-3/4'' so I will take the mag tube apart and see what's up.
     
  4. Protectandserve

    Protectandserve Black Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,132
    Likes Received:
    6,044
    Location:
    'Murica
    Check for a magazine plug in the tube. Most Remington's are 3 in the tube and one in the chamber. Also Remington added dimples to the tubes to make adding extensions a pain in the ass on the Express and some other models. Needs a gunsmith or someone with Dremel skills...
     
  5. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    19,962
    Likes Received:
    36,882
    Thanks. Maybe I'll play it safe and just take it by a gunsmith if I can't clear the problem.
     
  6. SMEAC

    SMEAC Walt Kowalski

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    13,117
    Likes Received:
    2,017
    Location:
    Upstate
    I thought most 870s were 4 in the tube and one in the chamber unless they were plugged to the federal waterfowl 3 plus 1
     
  7. Protectandserve

    Protectandserve Black Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,132
    Likes Received:
    6,044
    Location:
    'Murica
    Just double checked your right should be 4 in the mag on most 870 models. My bad.
     
    SMEAC likes this.
  8. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    19,962
    Likes Received:
    36,882
    This is what I felt like the gun was set up for. Either way something is wrong.

    I'll update with how it goes.
     
  9. SMEAC

    SMEAC Walt Kowalski

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    13,117
    Likes Received:
    2,017
    Location:
    Upstate
    Cubo de Sangre likes this.
  10. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    19,962
    Likes Received:
    36,882
  11. SMEAC

    SMEAC Walt Kowalski

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2006
    Messages:
    13,117
    Likes Received:
    2,017
    Location:
    Upstate
    Take that out unless you are hunting waterfowl
     
    Edison Carasio likes this.
  12. bushman505

    bushman505 Yellow Card Yellow Card

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2016
    Messages:
    6,575
    Likes Received:
    8,525
    Location:
    SW Alaska

    That's for hunting, you need the orange one.
     
  13. Edison Carasio

    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    19,962
    Likes Received:
    36,882
    I removed the green plug and now it holds four 2-3/4'' shells. Seems to be in line with info from Remington's site.

    https://support.remington.com/02_PU..._shells_will_the_Model_870_Super_Magnum_hold?


    Thanks for helping a newb out guys.
     
  14. WorldofWarcraft

    WorldofWarcraft Holy Paladin Banned

    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    Messages:
    20,182
    Likes Received:
    9,355
    Location:
    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    Buy a +3 tube extension
     
    RerouteToRemain and Stoic1 like this.
  15. IdahoCBR

    IdahoCBR Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2013
    Messages:
    741
    Likes Received:
    334
    3 shells total or 2+1 is the rule for hunting migratory birds
     

Share This Page