Project $100 Remington Model 11-48


August 26, 2013, 10:16 PM
I picked this Remington model 11-48 up for $100 a few weeks back. The stock had 4 major cracks and a chunk of wood missing right at the tang. The forearm was cracked likewise and missing a huge piece, I deemed neither repairable for a gun I was going to keep.
The 11-48 shotgun replaced the humpback Model 11, it is still a recoil operating shotgun, basically the same great John Browning design but placed in a sleeker reciever. I will post pics as the project progresses, lets start with wood work prior to rebluing.
I found this stock online advertised as a broken rifle stock for $37. I think from the cut checkering and phenomenal grain it was originally from a skeet or trap version. I am adding a custom case hardened grip cap and a vintage pachmyr recoil pad.
First up, the original stock:

Stay tuned for more updates

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August 26, 2013, 10:22 PM
Dang! Pretty stock! I love my 20 ga. 11-48 (actually Sportsman 48, same thing in "plain"). Can't wait to see it done!

Armed 24/7
August 26, 2013, 10:39 PM
I would have bought the stock, and then a gun to go with it if I had to.

August 26, 2013, 11:59 PM
I have one in 16 gauge. One of my favorites. I'm interested in seeing how this goes.

August 30, 2013, 07:42 AM

August 30, 2013, 09:05 PM
Gee, that is truly impressive dare I say "Turnbull Edition 11-48"?:cool:

September 1, 2013, 12:17 AM
Good looking good.

September 1, 2013, 06:34 PM
The replacement forearm came in today, only able to get two coats of finish on the stock since last post due to work and super high humidity slowing drying time.
Only two coats in:

September 5, 2013, 02:40 PM
Wow... that stock alone is worth the trouble. Looking forward to updates. How about some pics of the action?

September 6, 2013, 12:33 PM
Looking Good.

September 10, 2013, 02:29 PM
Wow... that stock alone is worth the trouble. Looking forward to updates. How about some pics of the action?
Here is a before shot of the action and disassembled.

September 10, 2013, 04:42 PM
Very cool! I didn't realize or forgot that these were recoil-operated but cosmetically similar to the 1100s. Nice!

September 15, 2013, 11:09 AM
Stock is finished.

September 15, 2013, 08:20 PM
That is a pretty stock.

September 15, 2013, 08:27 PM
took my breath away

September 19, 2013, 05:55 PM
We are finally done !
New firing pin came in and finally got everything put back together and fired for function, ran flawlessly. All in all original purchase price + new stock + new forearm - $50 for original stock set sale I am in this one the way it sits for $175.
I hope my 3 month old son Jackson will like it when he gets older.

September 19, 2013, 06:16 PM
Great job!

September 19, 2013, 09:00 PM
That is awesome.

September 19, 2013, 09:41 PM
I'm so jealous. That gun is beautiful.

September 19, 2013, 09:52 PM
Being a full choke, I am thinking about taking it turkey hunting next spring depending on how it patterns, wanting to take a Tom with all my restored shotguns (Ithaca and Model 11 Remington I restored last year):

September 19, 2013, 11:11 PM
Nice job on both Guns.

September 20, 2013, 02:32 AM
Fantastic job! You posted in my thread about the model 11 and wow, you're welcome to borrow my "new" Stevens 520 takedown lol

September 20, 2013, 07:21 AM
I've been looking for one one those for a while now (the 520).
As for your stock it can be epoxied and refinished or I see stocks and
forearms for it pop up all the time on ebay.

Arkansas Paul
September 20, 2013, 08:10 AM
Nice work. I too enjoy project guns, but I'm not that good at it.

September 20, 2013, 02:53 PM
Great to see the time and care taken to restore an old gun to a beautiful condition and working order.

September 23, 2013, 03:58 PM

Here is similar thread where I took an old Remington 1148 from rough to glory!

September 24, 2013, 12:25 AM
Absolutely beautiful, that inspires me to work on my 11-48. I re-checkered and re-finished the forearm, but have the buttstock left to do. Also have to find another full length barrel for it, mine was bent pretty good when I purchased the shotgun for $125 a number of years ago. I cut down the barrel to 18 3/4" removing the bent section. It's a good slug and buckshot gun, and has put several venison on the table. Someday, I do want to find a long barrel for it. In my opinion the 11-48 is one of the most graceful shotguns ever made.

Nice job on your restoration.

September 24, 2013, 12:48 AM
You did an absolutely beautiful job on those shotguns son! You are to be commended on your work ethic and abilities to transform that old beater into a show piece ! My hats off to you, excellent job ! Good luck come spring.

September 24, 2013, 01:28 AM
Aboustley beautiful

September 24, 2013, 05:21 AM
Very, very nice. :eek:

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