Question on 12 gauge shotgun capacity

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  1. Edison Exotic

    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    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.

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    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.
     
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    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...
     
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    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    Thanks. Maybe I'll play it safe and just take it by a gunsmith if I can't clear the problem.
     
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    SMEAC Walt Kowalski

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    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
     
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    Just double checked your right should be 4 in the mag on most 870 models. My bad.
     
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    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    This is what I felt like the gun was set up for. Either way something is wrong.

    I'll update with how it goes.
     
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    SMEAC Walt Kowalski

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    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    SMEAC Walt Kowalski

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    Take that out unless you are hunting waterfowl
     
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    That's for hunting, you need the orange one.
     
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    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    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.
     
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    Buy a +3 tube extension
     
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    3 shells total or 2+1 is the rule for hunting migratory birds
     

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