Remington 11-87 Compact - a good youth shotgun?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by labnoti, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. labnoti

    labnoti Member

    Apr 2, 2018
    My whole family missed out on big game tags this year. We just didn't win any draws. I'm thinking about harvesting a few quail when that season opens. I've got to put my license to some use, and hopefully their's. We live rural and there's quail on public land just a 15 minute drive from home.

    I don't want to buy myself a shotgun that my boys can't use for the next several years. It may be a bit early for them to shoot even a youth shotgun. It will be four or five years before they'll fit a full-size gun. One of them is about 4'7" and 66 pounds with a 12" LoP. They might fit a 12.5". Even if a youth 20 ga is too much for them this season, they'll certainly be ready for it next year.

    I understand the merits of other types of shotguns, but I'm attracted to gas-operated semi-automatics because the action slows the recoil velocity without a lot of gun weight.

    So I'm looking at:

    11-87 Compact
    SA-20 Youth/Bantam
    CZ 720 reduced length
    Weatherby SA-08
    Berretta A400 Lite Compact

    The 11-87 is at the top of my list because it's US made and I believe it adapts best to smaller shooters. But I don't really know much about this segment of the market. Any advice?
  2. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    Apr 7, 2003
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    11-87 is a good gun, but rather heavy. A full sized stock for when they grow are readily available. They may not have the strength to hold it up. Have them raise and fire quickly so they don't develop a backward lean. The SA-20 and SA-8 seem to be pretty good guns but I don't know how difficult or expensive a full sized stock is to obtain. Know nothing about the Beretta.
  3. cdb1

    cdb1 Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Justin, TX
    I’d go for a Weatherby or Mossberg.
  4. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Member

    May 8, 2011
    Limerick, maine
    The new 11-87 compacts come with buttstock spacers. And it balances just like the 870 compact. And its not much heavier then the 870 compact.
  5. david58

    david58 Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    High Country New Mexico
    I am a fan of the Remington 1100. Got my wife a very nice 1974 vintage youth model last week. My experience had always been with a full sized 12 ga 1100, very, very soft shooting. I hope my wife finds the 20 to be the same. Might check it out.
    Boattale likes this.
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