Most Common Remington Model 10 Problems

John Pedersen created the pump-action Model 10 shotgun for Remington Arms. The Model 10 does away with the traditional hammer in favor of a loading and ejection slot located at the base of the receiver.

However, there are problems with this ancient gun that need to be addressed. Failure to feed, loose barrel, slam fires, ejection problems, trigger won’t engage are few common issues.

This article explores potential root causes and remedies for various issues. Keep on reading to find out.

Features & Specifications of Remington Model 10:

Product weight7.75 pounds
Product length48 inches
Barrel length30 inches
Remington Model 10 Problems
Remington Model 10

Common Remington Model 10 Problems and Solutions

Failure to feedGet a new carrier latch or fix it manually.
Loose barrelTighten the barrels.
Slam firesClean and avoid jamming in firing pin.
Ejection problemsCheck the carrier, replace worn ejector.
Trigger won’t engageReplace the cartridge guide. Contact Remington

1. Failure to Feed

The rounds don’t always go into the chamber of your Remington 10, and this happens on occasion. First, the expended shell is not always completely ejected before the bolt attempts to close.

It creates something resembling a weird bolt action while this isn’t an issue with Federal ammunition or Remington BBBs.

The carrier release button, which is required to close the bolt and load shells into the magazine, is not always operable.

The Fix:

By keeping the bolt slightly open, it is possible to bypass the releasing shell stop from the inside. This will allow you to load two shells into the magazine and slip one into the gun’s chamber. Once the shell is fired, the pistol works perfectly to expel it.

The issue might or might not be fixed upon reloading. You can get a new carrier or straighten out the one you have to solve your problem. The spring in the carrier latch needs to be upgraded. The Remington 10 relies heavily on its carrier latch spring.

2. Loose Barrel

After taking a closer look, you may have realized that the adjustable sleeve on your Remington 10 is no longer able to tighten the barrels. The gun can be disassembled into two halves. The fit of the barrel to the reciever is loose when first constructed, however there appears to be a threaded adjustable sleeve that may be turned to tighten the fit.

The Fix:

As long as the issue is not with the barrel guides, this pistol can easily be fixed by making a few modest tweaks to tighten the barrel.

3. Slam Fire

You should be careful with the Remington 10 slam fire. It is especially dangerous because it usually happens when the user isn’t expecting it to.

When the trigger is pulled, a slam fire happens when the cartridge discharges before it has a chance to sit in the chamber and be hit by the firing pin. Slam-fire was not a pejorative term back when it was first coined. By the way, you should visit a gunsmith if it fires accidentally when your finger is removed from the trigger.

The Fix:

First, keep the gun clean to avoid jamming the firing pin. The second alternative is to utilize cartridges with less sensitive primers. Military cartridges feature tougher primer caps so they need a hammer impact on the firing pin to ignite, not inertia.

As the bolt crashes forward, a firing pin spring could slow it down. The spring provides enough resistance so the firing pin won’t hit the primer hard enough owing to inertia, but the hammer will destroy the cartridge.

Making the firing pin as light as possible prevents inertia from detonating the primer.

4. Ejection Failure

Occasionally, the Remington Model 10 will not eject. If the spent shell is still in the open ejection area while a new one is trying to force its way in, either your ejection is worn or has muck built up around it, or your chamber is dirty.

The Fix:

You’ll need to open the action and inspect the top of the receiver for the long ejector spring that runs forwards and backwards in the cutout region. The carrier maybe the primary source of the problem.

Try firing and ejecting an empty shell without another feeding in to see if it does so cleanly and quickly; if not, the problem lies with the ejector or a dirty chamber; try a different spring and see if that helps. It’s likely due to a filthy or worn ejector.

5. Trigger Won’t Engage

If the trigger on your Remington 10 does not engage the sear, the gun may not fire. The trigger mechanism is unusual because it consists of nothing more than a lengthy hook that engages the bolt.

The Fix:

The cartridge guide may be broken, therefore a new one may be required. If the long hook that engages the bolt is broken, go to a gunsmith or get in touch with Remington to fix the problem.

User Feedback on Remington Model 11

The legendary Remington model 11 have been on the market for many years. And people have different views on this shotgun. Few seem to like it and other few are unhappy with them.

The Mod 11s have been described as excellent well-built shooter guns by a satisfied customer.

Another user’s great-grandfather left him a Model 11 that’s in surprisingly good shape and performs admirably in the hands of the owner.

As this model is somewhat ancient, it has its share of problems, and many owners of this shotgun have encountered a number of problems that have caused them anguish.

One user offered as a solution to its never-ending difficulties that, because the model 11 is so sophisticated, complicated, and finicky, the majority of problems can be resolved by completely disassembling and cleaning it.

In my opinion, due to the model 11’s age, problems are expected; yet, owning this renowned shotgun from World War II is a gratifying experience.

Top 3 Alternative Guns of Remington Model 10

Based on comparing the specs, features, practicality, and performance, I have found the 3 best alternatives to Remington Model 10 pump action shotgun. 

Winchester Model 1897

The Model 10 loaded and ejected from a port in the receiver’s bottom. This improved the weapon’s reliability in bad weather.

The Winchester have an exposed hammer, ejection port, and loading port. Both shotguns are 5+1.

Remington Model 10 trench guns with sling swivels and 23-inch barrels. Instead of the Model 1897’s one-piece metal hand guard/bayonet.

Remington Model 29

Checkered pistol grips and forearms set the Model 29 apart from earlier Model 10s; the Model 10 and 10-A lacked checkering and instead featured grooved “tootsie-roll” forearms as the most noticeable distinction between the two models. Buttstocks and forearm wood are interchangeable between the 29 and the 10.

Winchester Model 12

The Model 12s are good, reliable firearms. They may also have a higher resale value. The availability of Remington parts is scarce, but those for the model 12 are readily available.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is a Remington model 10 reliable?

A reliable and easy gun to maintain

When was the model 10 Remington made?


What gauge is a Remington Model 10?


When was Remington 10 used?

It both appeared in World War I and II.


I hope I’ve been clear about the issues with the Remington Model 10 and how to fix them.

However, it’s possible that your problems are more involved than the solutions I’ve offered. In this situation, your best bets are to consult a gunsmith or ship the revolver to Remington for servicing.

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