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Operating the Firearm

Overview

Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your Model 887 firearm.

TO LOAD THE FIREARM:

WARNING! The specific gauge and length of shotshell ammunition suitable for use in your shotgun is marked on the barrel. Different gauges and shell lengths are not interchangeable. Do not use any ammunition other than the designated gauge and length specified for your shotgun. USING INCORRECT AMMUNITION IN YOUR FIREARM CAN RESULT IN A SEVERE MALFUNCTION OF YOUR FIREARM OR AMMUNITION LEADING TO PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH. See the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.

Ammunition:

Always check the shotshell for the correct gauge and length before loading the firearm. To find additional information on shotshells ammunition, see publication: The Remington Guide to Shotguns and Ammunition at http://www.remington.com

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To load the Chamber and Magazine:

NOTE: The bore should be cleaned before loading the firearm the first time.

Follow cleaning instructions shown inTo Clean Barrel”.

  1. Point the shotgun in a safe direction.

  2. Engage the safety by placing the safety mechanism in the "ON" or "SAFE" position. The Red Band Will NOT Be Visible.

  3. While pressing the bolt release, open the action by pulling the fore-end rearward.

  4. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the shotgun is completely unloaded. Also make sure the barrel is free of obstructions.

To Load the Chamber:

  1. Put one shell of correct gauge and length through the ejection port.

  2. Move the fore-end forward, closing the action.

To Load the Magazine:

  1. Push up to four (4) shells, (three (3) 3- 1/2”) one at a time, fully forward into the magazine tube making sure the rim of each shell engages the feed latch and is held inside the magazine tube. 

WARNING! The shotgun is now cocked and fully loaded. Make sure the safety mechanism is still engaged in the “ON” or “SAFE” position. The Red Band Marking Will NOT be Visible. Keep the shotgun pointed in a safe direction. 

To Load The Chamber From The Magazine:

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety by placing the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “SAFE" position. The Red Band Will NOT Be Visible.
  3. With the bolt open, visually check the chamber, ejection port, carrier, and magazine making sure the shotgun is completely unloaded and the barrel is free of obstructions.
  4. Close action by moving the fore-end fully forward.
  5. Push up to four (4) shells, (three (3) 3- 1/2") one at a time, fully forward into the magazine tube making sure the rim of each shell engages the feed latch and is held inside the magazine tube.
  6. Open the bolt by pressing the bolt release while moving the fore-end fully rearward.
  7. Place the shell in the chamber by closing the bolt and moving the fore-end fully forward until the bolt locks into position.

WARNING! The shotgun is now cocked and fully loaded. 

TO DISCHARGE THE FIREARM:

  1. Point the muzzle at your intended target.

  2. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the safety button to the "OFF" or "FIRE" position. The Red Band Will Be Visible.

  3. With the butt of the shotgun firmly mounted against your shoulder and target acquired, pull the trigger. The firearm will discharge each time the trigger is pulled and the action is cycled until the magazine and chamber are empty.

  4. Engage the safety mechanism by placing the safety button in the "ON" or "SAFE" position. The Red Band Will NOT Be Visible.

  5. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the shotgun is completely unloaded. 

HOW TO UNLOAD THE FIREARM

To Unload By Using Pump Action:

WARNING! NEVER assume your shotgun is unloaded to justify careless handling. Always control the direction of the muzzle of your firearm, even if you think it is completely unloaded. 

  1. Keep the shotgun pointed in a safe direction throughout the unloading process.
  2. Engage the safety by placing the safety mechanism in the "ON" or "SAFE" position. The Red Band Will NOT Be Visible.
  3. Open the bolt by pressing the bolt release while moving the fore-end slowly rearward until the shell clears the chamber.
  4. Lift the front of the shell outward and remove from ejection port.
  5. Continue to move the fore-end fully rearward until the next shell is released from the magazine onto the carrier.
  6. Tip the firearm sideways allowing the shell to drop from the ejection port.
  7. Close the action by moving the fore-end forward.
  8. Repeat opening and closing the action (steps 5 through 7) until all shells are removed from firearm.
  9. With the bolt open, visually check the chamber, carrier, and magazine making sure the shotgun is completely unloaded. 

To Unload Magazine Manually:

  1. Keep the shotgun pointed in a safe direction throughout the unloading process.
  2. Engage the safety by placing the safety mechanism in the "ON" or "SAFE" position. The Red Band Will NOT Be Visible.
  3. With action closed, push the carrier up against the bolt carrier exposing the staged shell in the magazine.
    WARNING! Shells in Magazine are under spring compression. Wear eye protection to avoid possible serious personal injury.
  4. Push the left (feed) latch in toward the receiver wall until the stage shell is released from the magazine. See Picture 9.
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  5. Repeat step 4 until all shells are removed from magazine and the orange follower can be seen.
  6. Look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber, carrier, and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and free of obstructions. 

To Change the Choke Tube:

WARNING! COMPLETELY UNLOAD the firearm before changing the choke tube. (See Unloading Instructions).

  1. Point the shotgun in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety by placing the safety mechanism in the "ON" or "SAFE" position. The Red Band Will NOT Be Visible.
  3. Open the bolt by pressing the bolt release while moving the fore-end fully rearward.
  4. With the bolt open, look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber, carrier, and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded. Change the choke tube only when the bolt or action is open. 
  5. Place the choke tube wrench supplied with your shotgun into the choke tube. See Picture 10.
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  6. Turn the choke tube wrench counter- clockwise until the choke tube can be removed from the barrel.
  7. Select the desired choke tube and insert into the barrel muzzle.
  8. Place the choke tube wrench onto choke tube and tighten by turning clockwise. Do Not Over Tighten! 
  9. With the Safety in the "ON" or "SAFE" position, bolt open, and the chamber and magazine completely unloaded, check the choke tube periodically to make sure it is tight and secure. 

NOTE: NEVER discharge the shotgun without a choke tube installed. 

To Install the Magazine Plug:

WARNING! A magazine plug limits the magazine capacity to two (2) shells. Such a plug and magazine capacity limit is required by the Federal Migratory Bird regulations and some certain state laws. Check with you local Fish & Game Commission or other appropriate authorities to determine whether a magazine plug is required in your jurisdiction.

  1. Point the shotgun in a safe direction.

  2. Engage the safety by placing the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “SAFE" position. The Red Band Marking Will NOT Be Visible.

  3. Completely unload the magazine and chamber. With the bolt open, look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber, carrier, and magazine to make sure the shotgun is completely unloaded. Also make sure the barrel is free of obstructions.

  4. Remove the magazine cap by turning counter clockwise.

  5. Place a large slotted screw driver into the magazine retainer. See Picture 11.
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  6. Push down on the screw driver and retainer (approximately) one (1) inch or until you can turn the screw driver.
    WARNING! Use extreme care when removing the magazine retainer, as the magazine spring is under compression. Always wear eye protection to avoid possible serious personal injury. 
  7. Turn the screwdriver approximately 1/4 turn. Slowly release the magazine spring retainer as it is under pressure. Remove magazine retainer. Do not remove the magazine spring. 
  8. Place the magazine plug, small end first, into the magazine spring. See Picture 12.
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  9. Place the open end of the magazine spring retainer on top of magazine plug.

  10. While holding the magazine spring and retainer with one hand, place a slotted screw driver in the slot on top of the retainer.

  11. Push the magazine spring, plug, and retainer into the magazine tube while aligning the magazine spring retainer detent slots with the detents in the magazine tube. See Picture 13.
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  12. Once the detents are aligned, push magazine spring, plug, and retainer down in the magazine tube (approximately 1 inch) until the screw driver can be turned 1/4 of a turn or until the detents are misaligned locking the retainer in position.
  13. Slowly remove the screw driver. When properly seated, the magazine spring retainer will be 1/4 inch higher than top of the magazine tube.
  14. Replace the magazine cap by turning clockwise until tight.Do not over tighten. 
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