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Remington 11-48

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by ReadyontheRight, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    What can you tell me about the Remington Model 11-48?

    I picked this 12ga up a few years ago at a gun show and it appears to be just like new. Very nice wood. Walnut? My gun club only allows steel shot, so I have not shot it yet.

    The serial number 52XXXXX is higher than those listed on the Rem website (12 ga. – Approximately 5,000,000 – 5,172,000). Full choke and a 28" barrel with an "M" in a triangle on one side and what looks like "NLM1" on the other side of the barrel.

    Any idea of history or value?

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    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    I have one in 16 ga, skeet gun. The gun is reliable, a little heavier and recoils harder than 1100 or 11-58. Other than that I don't know a whole lot about them though. Someone will be along soon that does......
  3. Chawbaccer

    Chawbaccer Well-Known Member

    This was the gun that Remington replaced the 11 with, recoil operated but with out the hump. I doh't think its in the same class as the 11.
  4. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    It's recoil actuated, is quite durable and points nicely, as least to me. One long time friend has one in 20 gauge that had accounted for many birds.

    Being a blowback action, there's little or no reduction in kick. Due to age and that tight choke, I'd not use steel in it.

    The only prob I know of is the forearm's wood is quite thin and thus probe to cracking. A good smith can glaze a thin layer of epoxy in there for a pittance and stop that from happening.

    Treasure yours.....
  5. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    I think I lucked out on this little beauty. $150 and a nice companion for my Sportsman 58.

    Thanks guys!
  6. demusn1979

    demusn1979 Well-Known Member

    nice purchace.

    heres my 11

  7. Superreverb

    Superreverb Well-Known Member

    I've gotta feeling you're going to end up loving your 11-48. As Dave said, they are recoil operated and kick as such. I'm going to be taking Dave's advice and getting fore-end epoxied - I don't want it to split.

    I'm currently reaquainting myself with my 20-ga Sportsman 48-B. I used for a round of Chinese trap last week or so, and eventually took to shooting low gun for the last half of the round, because it was pounding my shoulder to the point of pain.

    This is my baby. 1950 Sportsman 48-B special order with 28" full bbl and a 24" bbl with factory Cutts and rib (and pretty nice wood).

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  8. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    $150? Great deal!
  9. fecmech

    fecmech Well-Known Member

    Recoil can be mitigated somewhat on those actions by lube or lack thereof on the magazine tube. I don't know if the 11-48 has the 2 peice friction ring ala Browning A5 but it's a very similar action. I shoot an A5 light 20 at sporting and I have my friction rings set for heavy loads(using light target loads) with just enough lube on the mag tube that the action cycles, no more. If there is a lot of lube or the friction rings are set up for the light loads there is noticeably more recoil. Nick
  10. deaconkharma

    deaconkharma Well-Known Member

    My grandad's

    I was left one and the recoil action is a little odd. Bad thing about mine is my grandad did a little shade tree gunsmithing to it. Looked like he had chopped the barrel down and then decided to re-lengthen it again with pipe.
    wish I had investigated as to why and what exactly he had done before I went and put buck through it to see how she shot. Someone mentioned recoil on this gun????:what:
    I thought a rabid mule had walked up and kicked me or maybe I had mistakenly grabbed hold of a .577 T-rex! My wife was busy trying to cover with her hand, the shooting orange juice out of her nose. I guess laughing at the apparent look of horror on my face and the whiplash like movement of my body. I unloaded the gun and went back home with a severely developing bruise on my shoulder. Stopped along the way for a recoil pad shoulder mounted and a butt-end pad to couple with that from Wally world.
    I hadn't shot it since. Her father was over at the house recently and compared the business end to a dime he had in his pocket and mentioned the closeness in size to the dime was my problem. We then compared my mossy 500 to it and I saw the difference. Apparently Grandad had necked the barrel end down to tighten the pattern. Buck was not so good a choice to run through her.
    Good gun though. I guess turkey shoots and bird hunting might be a better idea.
  11. Black Dime

    Black Dime Well-Known Member

    I have my father's that he purchased in 1955. Yes, they do have a friction ring. The blowback design is subdued by a coil spring under the forearm and a spring in the stock attached to the bolt.
    The barrel recoils back into the receiver ala Browning type.
    Don't know what roundyou guys re shooting, but with 2 3/4dr, 1 1/8 ounce shot, low brass, you can hear the action go through its cycle and mine does not kick as hard as you describe. It does kick a little harder than 1187s and my 1100.
  12. single stack

    single stack Well-Known Member

    dig deep
    oct 2005 thread
    I like 11-48's too.

  13. publiuss

    publiuss Well-Known Member

    11-48's are great. Very reliable due to being recoil operated and the recoil is not bad at all. points great (like an 1100). My Grandfather had one in 12 ga that I took many a dove with. I had one in 16ga. for a while but gave it to a friend b/c I have a ton of 16's. My primary dove gun now is a beautiful 410 11-48.
  14. Barr

    Barr Well-Known Member

    I have a .410 11-48 that is a ball too shoot. The sound of the action cycling is louder than the gun itself. No recoil and breaks skeet targets just fine if the shooter is in the center of the target. Truly an expert's gun and not a good beginers gauge.
  15. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    Wow! Great to see a fine old thread revisited.

    I am a little embarrassed to admit that I still have not shot this gun. I do not think it's ever been shot. It is PRISTINE. There are no marks at all around the firing pin or anywhere. It even had a few cobwebs in the barrel when I bought it. It was from an estate sale buyer and I think the buyer had a lot of much nicer shotguns to sell from his purchase.

    I was a little gun shy :p about the stocks to avoid splitting anything. Then I had a wood chunk come off of both my beloved 1950s Rem Wingmaster 870 and my even more beloved Rem Sportsman 58 and decided to leave this 11-48 alone.

    I plan to do the coating as suggested and let my son be the first to shoot it as his first 12ga. 10 years old, he's still on the BB gun and the .22, but he'll get a H&R 20ga this Fall.

    Hail the SAFE QUEEN! For now, I will just drool on it, wipe it off and rub silicone on it once in a while.:D
  16. Guero4179

    Guero4179 Well-Known Member

    I can get one of these in great shape for 249 do any modern furniture fit these and what is barrel availability for a tacticool short barrel.
  17. rdmerhar

    rdmerhar New Member


    Just picked up a real nice one for $300, thought I was buying a 1100, what do I know, beginners luck!
  18. cchris

    cchris Well-Known Member

    Quite an old thread to revive, but here we are, April 2009, in the midst of much turmoil regarding gun control. It's getting near impossible to find decently-priced ammunition, and gun prices themselves are rising every day.

    So last week, I decided I ought to get a pump-action 12 gauge, since it'd be able to shoot better & more often than my H&R single shot that has an issue with not firing once it heats up. Thursday, I went up to the gun shop by my apartment to look at some shotguns in the $200 range.

    After passing over a couple mossberg mavericks for $200+, I was about to settle for a used 500A for $230 or so. Out of curiosity, I just wanted to take a look at one of the semi-auto 12 gauges that looked pretty nice, a Remington 11-48 on the wall. Everything was smooth and the gun was in good condition. Just to see what I couldn't afford, I checked the price tag, again out of curiosity. I was quite a bit surprised at what I saw: $299.

    I had planned on getting a pump action now, then saving up some cash later to look at the higher-dollar semi auto shotguns, but I just couldn't pass up on this gun. I bought it, took it shooting a couple hours later, and had one single issue with it. I fired one shell to make sure it worked. Then I loaded two in, and the first shell didn't eject all the way. Most likely it hadn't been shot in quite a while, since it's worked fine since. I've shot around 70 or so shells without an issue since then, and I couldn't be more satisfied.

    While it's not quite the deal that some people get on this gun, for one in great condition that fires great, I feel like I lucked out at the price I did - mostly because everyone's gone gun crazy and paying more for less expensive guns. This is, by far, one of the best deals I've got in my lifetime.

    And for a short intro, I'm 22, in college, and a friend of mine just started getting me into shooting in November of last year, when I realized I might actually lose my rights. Starting with a 10/22, I've picked up the shotguns mentioned above and a S&W 9mm in those 6 months. It's much harder to do when you factor in the little pay that I get from my part-time job, and factor in working on a mechanical engineering degree into how much I can work part-time, and I feel like I've done pretty good. That is, of course, at the expense of my diet consisting of cup-o-noodles and instant potatoes.
  19. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    If recoil operated semi autos don't bother you, you cannot do better than an Auto 5, 11-48, or Franchi AL-48 in my opinion. The different receiver styles should let you find one you like, and they will usually keep working after you quit.
  20. troda

    troda Member

    I guess I'll chime in. I just got a 11-48 for free. Was doing a search to see what there about and here I am. Its a 20 gauge. Stock has a crack and the finish isn't great,but for free who can complain. I'm goin to try to find/make a shorter barrel and set it up as a HD for the wife.

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