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Remington 11-87 Compact - a good youth shotgun?

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

  1. labnoti

    labnoti Member

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    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

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    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

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    I’d go for a Weatherby or Mossberg.
     
  4. Robbins290

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    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

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    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.
     
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