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Ever shouldered a Remington 1100 with the “Special Field Stock”?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by 11MikeMike, Dec 10, 2020.

  1. 11MikeMike

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    I shouldered one of these over a year ago at a gun show curious to know if there was something I was missing out on. To be expected it offered an unfamiliar aspect, but there was something else. It made me think to myself; “Self: you are missing out on something, and you NEED one of those stocks!” I still have not procured one, but plan to. Someday, very soon.

    Does anyone know some history, or possibly give the skinny on these somewhat rare stocks? Please share a picture if you’ve got one to share!
    Thanks.
     
  2. George P

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    Basic English-style straight stock; many folks )myself included) prefer them over a pistol grip - especially with a SxS ;)
     
  3. Fine Figure of a Man

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    I wanted an 1100 special field years ago and for whatever reason never bought one. I see them for sale used occasionally, all beat up and for way too much.
    Last winter I made my own special field out of dads 11-87. After using this and my Pedersoli SxS muzzle loader for pheasant, I think all upland guns should have English stocks.
    If I ever find a 20 gauge 1100SF for a reasonable price, I'll own it.


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  4. 11MikeMike

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    Thanks. I like simple.
     
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    I know what you’re saying about beat to crap and too much. I guess I’ll need to keep a sharper eye on eBay listings for some new furniture. Mine is beat to crap already, but it’s mine. I’ll say that it would look awfully strange if I found and installed some fine furniture on it. Like lipstick on a pig...
     
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  6. Grizzly2

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    I too remember being tempted by them in the early 80s. You could also get that Special Field in 870 and they both had shortened barrels. 22" to 24" or something close iirr. They were very nice. Instead, I wound up with a little 26" 20 guage Spanish double that had a nice thin grip that handled very simliar to an English stock.
     
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  7. PapaG

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    I bought one for an 870 off of fleabay. It as nice but I as never able to find a forend that matched the wood. No recoil pad on them but I didn't mind the in a hunting coat. I think the bolt hole is a little small for a 1100.
     
  8. Virginian

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    I have a Special Field straight grip buttstock and a matching fore end on my LT20. I prefer a straight grip for most any light field work, especially on SxSs.
    For bigger heavier guns and loads and waterfowl I think I get better control with a pistol grip.
     
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  9. jmr40

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    The 870 Special Field had mag tubes made shorter to balance out the looks and balance of the guns shorter barrel. While most 870's hold 4 rounds in the mag tube unless plugged, the 870 Special Fields only held 3. The barrels won't interchange either. At different times barrels were either 21" or 23".

    The 1100 Special Field guns retained the same mag tube length in order for the gas system to still work and barrels will interchange. IMO the 870's just look and balance better with the shorter mag tube.

    I seriously considered one back in the day.
     
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  10. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    I came close to buying a 870SF back in the early 90's but couldn't get past the price----kinda kicking myself for being so cheap.
     
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    I came across the 12 gauge 870 special field at a gun show about 6 years ago. It had barely been shot and was in excellent shape. $400. It came home with me, has the 23" barrel with choke tubes, vent rib. Took it to the skeet range and shot a 50 straight with it with my light 7/8oz handloads. I gave it a cleaning and it has not been shot since. I can claim I have never missed a target with that shotgun. It really deserves to go back out to try for another 50 though.
     
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  12. Virginian

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    The 1100 Special Field models DO have a shorter magazine tube, but the barrel gas ring is in the standard location. They eliminated any wood between the gas ring and the mag cap.
     
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    Here's your chance to make it right. ;)
    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/886038588
     
  14. tactikel

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    I bought a 870 special field 20 ga when they first came out. Same stock, same swing. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but is was my favorite Grouse gun for 20 years.
    I really like the " English straight stock".
     
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    The Field style stock is also known as a straight or English style stock. As has been said it is more often found on a double gun, either a sxs or o/u. I have several English style stocks on my upland bird guns where the barrels are shorter and the stock style is intended to aid in an wee bit easier carry and bit faster mount. I have built several of these stocks for different makes of double guns. I grew up with “straight” stocks.
    My suggestion would be to stick to what you are familiar with. However, should you get invited to a quail hunt, best to understand that quail hunters are by and large very traditional and hunt in style, small gauge double.
     
  16. 11MikeMike

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    Excellent info. The faster mount is what I suspected. The only thing I know about quail is that they’re small and tasty - the complete opposite of waterfowl.
     
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  17. Hookeye

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    I have shot clays and hunted with 1100 special fields in 12 and 20, and 870 special fields in 12 and 20.

    The mag tubes on special fields as Virginian stated are shorter than standards. Since 1100 barrels are retained by the forend, they interchange ( the forends being different ). On 870s the special field bbls will NOT interchange w reg 870s.....the mag cap bears against the bbl ring.

    Note: Big Green IIRC did do at least one " tweener " on 1100 or 1187. Reg mag tube, short bbl and english stock....think Sam Walton special edition.

    But a special field is a short mag tube gun.
    And they DO feel a little different.

    Some folks dont care, some do. Personally having used all 4 special versions, I like the 21" fixed choke 870 in 20 ga the best.
     
  18. Hookeye

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    Havent tried wood duck i take it.
     
  19. Matthew Temkin

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    I bought the 1100 20 gauge SF in 1989.
    Still have it with the 21 inch barrel.
    Will it take regular 1100 barrels?
     
  20. 11MikeMike

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    Nope. The only woody I ever got went to the taxidermy shop.
     
  21. JCooperfan1911

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    Any man that needs more than 3 round in his shotgun to make a good hunt is a failure.

    Ditto for defending the homestead.

    The 1100 Special Field is a gem of a gun.
     
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