Remington Shotgun, Model 11


August 25, 2009, 10:35 PM
I came by this Remington 12 gauge from an uncle that died in the mid 70's. I pulled it out of the closet last week to see if it could be refurbished. My gun tech tells me that it is a Model 11, but there are no markings on the gun that identifies it as a Model 11, or that it is a 12 gauge. It is a 12 guage, semi-auto, ribed sight, no design in the stock, the safety in inside the trigger guard. The barrel reads: Remington Arms - Union Matellic Cartridge Co. Remington Works, Ilion, NY. U.S.A.
Browning's Patent Oct.9,1900, Dec.17, 1901, Sept,30, 1902, June 16, 1903
Serial # 114589
Any idea as to when this gun manufactured and what is its value?

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August 26, 2009, 05:17 AM
Remington made the gun for many years off the Browning Patent. They are not particularly collectable and are generaly sold for $200 give or take $50 or so for condition. $300 or more would have to be a realy nice gun.

They are recoil operated 2&3/4 inch chambered guns, and should generaly be shot with non magnum ammo. Do a search here in the shotgun section for the Remington Model 11 and you will find a lot of information. They are a quality gun, but obsolete for the most part in todays hunting fields. That doesn't mean they are not usable or being used - they have been replaced with guns that are lighter, and better suited to shoot steel shot, and modern hunting ammo.

August 26, 2009, 06:10 AM
I don't know about obsolete, about the only parts you might need is an extractor, wood, spring, or a friction piece. They just don't wear out, and they are still in use today.

They might not be as popular as a, insert make here, but if you ever hunt with one, you will understand the love for them. I went from shooting Benelli's exclusively to the Browning Auto-5.

You can google Remington Society, they have the factory records for the Model 11. You can find the manufacture date on their site.

The Browning/Remington/Savage guns are very well loved and still in use today.

As far as value, tops for a field model is around $350, trench/military models command more. The history/family connection makes yours priceless.

August 26, 2009, 08:38 AM
One quirk of the Browning patent autos is that they have a friction ring set around the magazine tube that can be set for light or heavy loads.

Since your gun is basically the same as the Browning Auto 5, its manual will do to explain things. Basically, you leave it set for heavy loads unless the loads that you are using will not cycle.

The friction ring info is on page 12.

Fred Fuller
August 26, 2009, 11:37 AM
The location of the safety- often nicknamed a 'suicide safety'- says it was made before the late 1920s or so. The safety location and type was shifted to the familiar crossbolt after that.


August 26, 2009, 07:28 PM
I have one in 16 gauge that I killed tons of rabbits and tree rats with.

Arkansas Paul
August 26, 2009, 07:48 PM
I picked one of these up in 16 gauge several years back for $160 and like it a lot. It has a fairly short barrel though, and recoil is substantial. If I just go out and shoot a box, my shoulder lets me know about it.

August 26, 2009, 08:23 PM
I recently inherited a nice (old) Remington Model 11, 12 gauge auto. It's the earlier unit with the slide safety just forward of the trigger and nicely engraved all over, but the bluing is almost completely gone.

It also needs a bit of attention for the fiber cushion pad as it's hardened and half gone. It's held in by what appears to be a hollow rivet in a blind hole at the back of the receiver.

I've found several sites that offer replacement pads, but is installing it a simple matter of (carefully) drilling out the old rivet and staking in a new one with a long center punch?

Also, during my cleaning I noticed that the bolt is cracked on the Lt side where the "half-moon" is cut into the bolt for the lock to pivot.

I would need to get a replacement bolt if this one can't be repaired. Has anyone ever heard of these being welded and re-machined?

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