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Remington 11 sportsman gloat

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Sushigaijin, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Sushigaijin

    Sushigaijin Member

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    I picked this 1946 model 11 up for $200ish a few months ago, blueing was almost perfect but the wood needed some love. Had a recoil pad for a Browning sitting around, so I took a half inch off the stock and slapped it on - it's ground funny at the bottom but it was too short from the get-go. I was not shocked that it was a looker once the wood was refinished (5 coats BLO with minwax "tung" finish). These are just good looking guns. New springs were 20$. Haven't shot it yet but I can't wait...
     

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  2. FL-NC

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    Nice find. I had one years ago. Unfortunately, mine wouldn't function reliably with anything but hi brass, so I had to part with it. Couldn't afford 2 shotguns at the time.
     
  3. scotjute

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    Great looking gun! I got one for $250 last year. Shoots great. Not quite the looker yours is. Congratulations!
     
  4. Old Shooter

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    Great looking shotgun! Be sure you set the recoil spring assembly correct for the loads you are using. I've seen several with cracked/split forend from using heavy loads with the spring assembly set up for light loads. I got a heck of a deal on the Savage version of that model for just that reason.
     
  5. ClemY

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    Yours looks like a Sportmans model, with the limited mag capacity. My 1942 Model 11 has been set up for my local 3-gun, with ghost ring sights and an extended mag.
     
  6. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Very nice looking 11.
    I have two, a sportsman and a standard model that belonged to my Grandpa and Great Uncle.
    Both are well used and have Weaver Chokes on them.
     
  7. kBob

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    "verinice"

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    -kBob
     
  8. Sushigaijin

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    Thanks!! I replaced the action spring and the recoil spring, and I reload 12g so between that and the friction rings hopefully I'll be able to dial this in for comfortable shooting - I've heard from some people that this is a heavy recoiling gun, but the literature (and other people's anecdotes) seem to say that the action reduces recoil. I guess I'll find out.

    I've looked at putting an 11 standard mag tube and fore end on this, but I haven't found the right deal - I'd also like an 18" barrel for it. I've been scouring Ebay etc, one day those parts will align with my wallet and I'll have a little more capacity - 3 isn't exactly compelling for an auto loader, and I don't think the mag extensions that fit the standard model 11 will fit this fore end - the cap assembly is a little different than a standard magazine, it is threaded for a cap with a bolt running through it, rather than a cap with threads around the perimeter. I'm comfortable with my dremel skills but I'd rather not make too many permanent changes to this magazine just because it is in such great shape now. I found a 16g locally that's not terribly priced, maybe I'll just go that route for a 5+ round auto...Anyone have any compelling ideas for increasing capacity on these?
     
  9. Fine Figure of a Man

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    You have a very nice old shotgun, I'd leave it as is and shoot some birds with it. JMO
     
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  10. Bushpilot

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    Nice looking 11... good deal too... I have 2 model 11's, one is an 11-R and one is just like your Sportsman. Cool old classy shotguns. Keep the fore end screw tightened properly when you're firing it and this will help prevent cracks in the forearm.

    I once read an old story about a wing-shooting guide somewhere in South America who carried either a model 11 or an A5, I don't remember which, and the friction rings had been so worn out from use that they fell completely apart so he just threw them away and shot it with just the spring in it for years. Talk about taking a beating... His US clients wanted to have a look at his gun and discovered the friction rings were missing. They fixed him up with a new set of rings (from one of their backup guns if I remember correctly) and he was very appreciative...
     
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  11. ClemY

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    Fortunately many of the components of the Auto-5 interchange with the Model 11, including the friction piece, friction ring recoil spring and main spring.
     
  12. loose noose

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    I inherited my Dad's old model 11 that I remember hunting with him many years ago, I honestly don't remember him missing ducks, pheasants, partridge, rabbits, or deer with that gun he affectionately called his "automatat". I did have the shotgun refinished and the stock re-checkered, and re-blued and was told that, that particular firearm was the premier model. I will try to get a picture or two up here to illustrate that particular shotgun. BTW it was a 5 shot, and my Dad had to plug the magazine in order to hunt ducks with it. Will try again later.
     
  13. loose noose

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    Below are the photos I stated above, they definitely don't do the shotgun justice. The dark pictures show ducks in a marsh either floating or just coming in. Sorry I couldn't get better photos, as it is a beautiful gun.
     

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  14. Superreverb

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    That's a beauty!!!
     
  15. WestKentucky

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    I traded off a beater a couple years back for a Glock 17. Yours is in much nicer shape and your at 2/3 what that Glock was worth.
     
  16. entropy

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    Nice find, at a great price. nice work on it,too!
     
  17. Offfhand

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    Back when that model was made Remington was still doing old-style rust blueing. Which not only looks better but also lasts a lot longer.
     
  18. peacemaker45

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    I've got one of those. It's (completely unreasonably, by any objective standard,) one of my favorite shotguns. I got it for $150, with hardly any blue left, and wood looking like it'd been well used, and then refinished, possibly several times. Yours is a whole lot prettier. May it pot many birds for you.
     
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    Model 11s are awesome, i so want one in 16ga i thought i had located one a short wile ago, but when i got there the gun was in terrible condition and the ejector port had been ground out and a chamber x forcing cone butchering job done by a partially sighted alcoholic on a bad day from what i could see. The high price for something so poor and mutilated had me walking away . The search continues More is the pity! .
     
  21. Sovblocgunfan

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    I have a variant made by Savage that I tore completely down and got running again, including fitment of an additional barrel in 26” Improved Cylinder (original is 30” full). It’s a sweet, soft shooter when the springs are fresh.

    I also have a 1925 model 11 that I am rebuilding from a bare receiver. It wears a Browning Auto 5 butt and will end up with one of the Savage barrels when I’m done with it.

    I love these guns. Easy to work on with a little study. My favorite Browning design by far.
     
  22. I6turbo

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    See the 6th paragraph in this article: http://www.randywakeman.com/ConfessionsOfaBrowningA5Fan.htm
     
  23. Bushpilot

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    Yeah, that probably was the same story I read... If so, I seem to have confused the clients fixing up his gun with another hunting story but the just of it is the A5 is one tough gun to withstand the pounding from being shot without friction rings for years.... My apologies for the accidental embellishment...
     
  24. FL-NC

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    A friend has a military 11 with a 20" barrel I am presently trying to talk him out of.
     
  25. Deltaboy1984

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    Dad has Grandpa's 16 gauge Model 11 and I wanting to get it and freshen it up! Oil has stained the wood!
     
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