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Remington model 11 questions

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by meh92, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. meh92

    meh92 Well-Known Member

    Recently I have gotten a bit of a model 11 bug. These guns haven't been produced in over 50 years, but I see plenty of them floating around at gun shows and online auctions.

    I'm considering buying one for a shooter, not a collector. What would be a good source of information regarding these old beauties and is there a particular gunsmith who specializes in them?

  2. loandr.

    loandr. Well-Known Member

    Thought you'd appreciate a custom whippet of my own -). Enjoy
    Host gun was Rem. 11

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2006
  3. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    Since the Remington 11 was based on the Browning pat. A5 any smith who is familiar with the Browning will know the Model 11 .

    Actualy most smiths should have no trouble dealing with this gun. I know of no particular smith noted for specializing in the Model 11 .

    One word of caution when buying model 11's : The most common damage (outside of wood damage) done to these is a cracked bolt. Typically this occures with a steady diet of magnums shot through a gun with a worn friction ring.

    The slamming of the bolt to the rear first takes out the fiber buffer at the rear of the reciever , and when the bolt starts hitting the metal of the reciever it will typically crack on the rear left corner area. (where you can not see it without disassembly) .

    At the least, you should make sure the buffer is still intact before purchase. The buffer is made of fiber about 1/8 " thick and is held in by a blind rivot to the inside rear of the receiver. You should be able to see it through the ejection port with the bolt forward and using a light to look into the recievers rear section at the hump.
  4. meh92

    meh92 Well-Known Member

    Ver nice. Is that refinished furniture or a replacement stock?
  5. loandr.

    loandr. Well-Known Member

    Thank you.

    replacement stocks bought on gunbroker. Perfect fit.
  6. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Some A-5 parts fit some 11s. Mine had springs and rings replaced. Smith called it the 10K round rebuild.
  7. Grayrock

    Grayrock Well-Known Member

    Sorry, loandr., but that is just
  8. Lawyerman

    Lawyerman Well-Known Member

    I have a Model 11 that is a switch barrel riot gun/hunting gun. The hunting barrel is a 26" modified tube with a solid rib. The riot barrel was a 28" with some kind of aftermarket cutts compensater/caged choke system. UGLY as all hail!

    I had that barrel cut off at 19" and then had Remington Rifle sights installed on it. I have a two round extension for it as well. My gun is one of the post 1928 models. I had a detail clean done on it and replaced all the springs and have used it for some dove hunting and one shotgun class. I had the buttstock cut down a bit and a good recoil pad installed, works fine. A classy old blaster.
  9. meh92

    meh92 Well-Known Member


    Any chance you'd post a pic? I'd love to see it. I am buying a police model with an 18" barrel and have the exact same plans for mine, including an interchangible hunting barrel. They are very cheap on E-Bay when I last checked.

    How did the mag tube work for you? Which parts were necessary (tube, coupler, spring, follower, brace)? Were any internal mods necessary?

    Did you do the maintenance yourself or have someone else check it over? I'm an 870/11-87 armorer, but never even held a Model 11. There is a post on Shotgun World covering a detail strip and it doesn't look too bad.

    I appreciate all the info. I really would love to see a pic. If you can't post them would you e-mail me a few?


    Last edited: Oct 17, 2005
  10. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    I actually think that whippet looks neat but I hope it was done on a beater. I have a factory done NEF pardner 410 single shot that has the same stock.

    Didn't Clyde Barrow have such a gun?
  11. Lawyerman

    Lawyerman Well-Known Member

    I don't know what model number of extension is on my Model 11. It came out of a "junk" box at a gunshow. It is a Choate and it had a piece of masking tape on it that said "Rem. 11". No spring but the tube was $5 so I figured it was worth the chance. Works fine. I had to come up with a spring and just ordered one out of Brownells I think it was a Scattergun spring but don't hold me to that. On the M11 there is no way to secure the tube to the barrel as with most other shotguns as the barrel moves during recoil. All you can do is tighten it down, I have not had mine move yet.

    I had the detail strip and cleaning done by a local gunsmith. I had a coupon for a "clean and oil" that I had won at the Friends of NRA banquet and it seemed like a good time to use it! He also cut the barrel and soldered the rifle sights on for me. I refinished the stock and added the recoil pad myself with a little help from a talented friend. A great book with good info on the Remington 11's and Browning A5's is Patrick Sweeneys' Gunsmithing Shotguns- step by step instructions on breaking them down.

    You may encounter some problems in getting a barrel to fit your gun. It's not that they don't interchange, they do but it isn't as simple as an 870 swap from what I understand. I was lucky in that the barrels I bought were part of a set that had been with the gun for a long time, maybe bought together etc....I dunno but swapping them hasn't been a problem. These guns haven't been made in about 50 years and tolerances were different back then.
  12. meh92

    meh92 Well-Known Member


    Again, thanks for the information.
  13. Brian Dale

    Brian Dale Well-Known Member

    For some history, try this link.

    BAD_KARMA Active Member

    current manufacture 870 mag extensions will work on a model 11 but you need about an 1/8" spacer.
  15. loandr.

    loandr. Well-Known Member

    Mrs. Parker in 20 ga. as well, Not actually a beater, BUT procured cheap :) Was a build I had been looking to do for quite some time. Did need to change the stocks out though after recut, Brass butt plate and Rubber buffer added, springs clipped until 100% reliable , rings and seals changed out as well, then Gun Refinished in Teflon Black locally (I find this also helps keeps the action nice and slick ) w/ brass bead front sight, REAL handy! . Thanks for the kind words.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2005
  16. loandr.

    loandr. Well-Known Member

    Some things are SO wrong that they are almost RIGHT:D ALL OAL's conform accordingly :)
  17. demusn1979

    demusn1979 Well-Known Member

    rem model 11
  18. Mossyrock

    Mossyrock Well-Known Member

    Model 11, anyone?

    I stopped in at an old gun shop today that I had driven by several times, but had never visited. The guy who runs it is pushing 70 and the shop reminds me of the places that were around 30+ years ago. There was stuff kind of piled in the corners with walnut gunstock blanks all over the place, and a cloud of stale cigarette smoke hanging on the ceiling. He had no new guns in the place, but made up for it by having several pre-64 model 94 Winchesters, a couple of '03 Springfields, an OLD Remington 870 20ga built on the 12ga frame (neat guns; I have one), an old model 12 in 16ga and several other interesting pieces of scrap iron. I asked him if he had any Remington model 11s or Browning Auto-5s laying around. He said he didn't have any complete guns, just a couple of parts guns. He went in the back and brought out two old shotguns without wood. One of them was an Auto-5 that was absolutely THRASHED. It was so rusty that I couldn't open the action. Needless to say, I passed on that one. The second one, however, had my attention. It was a model 11 with the older trigger-guard safety. Someone had installed a Cutts comp and had gone to a great deal of trouble to spray paint the entire thing flat black. Except for wood, it was complete, and the bore shone like a mirror! One problem....it was a 20ga!!!!! :( :banghead: If that had been a 12, I would have had my project gun, and I am sure I could have had it for about 50 bucks. AAARRRGGG!!!!!!!!! Sometimes, the gods of procurement smile on you, and other times, they mock you and pelt you with rotten tomatoes....... :cuss:
  19. loandr.

    loandr. Well-Known Member

    HEY...If it was good enough fr Bonnie! Just teasing totally undertand. keep looiing and best of luck sir!:)
  20. meh92

    meh92 Well-Known Member

    Well I bought one. It is a police version with an 18" barrel and overall it is in very nice condition. As soon as it comes home it will get a detail strip and thorough cleaning. I have Patrick Sweeney's Gunsmithing:Shotguns book on the way to help me with the mechanicals and potential part replacement. I'm pretty excited!

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