Rudy Etchen's fired 4 million rounds though his 870

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Rudy Etchen's fired 4 million rounds though his 870

Post by Sidney » Sun May 27, 2018 1:38 pm

Anyone know which parts he replaced to keep it going?: ... 16#page-10

10. Remington Model 870
Think of it as a Winchester Model 12 that is easy to manufacture. The Model 870 made its debut in 1950 as one of the first of Remington's "new generation" of guns that did away with the complex machining of the past. And it may be sacrilege to say so, but the plebian 870 is probably as good a gun as the aristocratic Model 12. It pumps just as fast, points as well, is just as reliable, and is unbelievably long-lived. The late shotgunning great Rudy Etchen put 4 million rounds through his 870 with just some minor parts replacement to keep it going. The 870 is still with us, made in every configuration known to man, and it will probably be around for many years more.

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Re: Rudy Etchen's fired 4 million rounds though his 870

Post by Synchronizor » Mon May 28, 2018 4:50 am

I don't know for sure, but he most likely had to replace springs from time to time. Probably the extractor & firing pin at least once, as well. Action bars, shell latches, and/or the ejector may have needed replacing or repair at some point. If he stuck with the same barrel for all those shots, the bolt assembly may have needed an oversized locking block fitted to keep proper headspace; though that would depend on the loads he was using. If it was mostly lighter target loads, the headspace may still be fine.

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