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Tell me about the Remington 1l1-87?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by KodeFore, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. KodeFore

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    Recently on vacation I came across a ( 12ga) 21 in smooth bore removable choke rifle sight shotgun barrel. The dealer said it was for a Remington 870. I thought it looked "funny" but hey a dealer wouldn't steer me wrong right...... Now I am the owner owner of a rifle sight slug barrel for a Remington 11-87, a gun I never knew existed until a bought a barrel for one. Im too lazy to go the hassle of trying to sell it online so I'm Considering getting an 11-87 with a VR and making a combo setup.
    I like guns of all kinds but do not have a lot of experience with shotguns. Maybe one of these days trap skeet and hunting might be fun when I have the time for such things So far from what I can find on you tube the 1187 is an updated 1100 with a solid reputation. Any information folks here care to provide about the 1187 would be appreciated TYIA
     
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  2. TonyAngel

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    Man, it's been a long time, but if memory serves (and I could totally be mistaken), I had an 11-87. It was a marine model, all stainless and was a blow back design. Not as smooth shooting as an 1100, but more reliable (theoretically) because it wasn't gas operated.

    I'm sure that someone will show up and either confirm the above or set me straight.
     
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    The 11-87 was Remington's "improved" version of their 1100. It is a gas operated shotgun that is capable of handling both light shells and 3" magnum shells through it's gas system. There was some earlier models that had some problems, I have a Premier model 11-87 mad ebaout 1990, and it has well over 40,000 rounds through it with very few issues that were not due to the gun, but lack of cleaning on my part. I run mostly superlight target loads through mine, but it also has a rifled slug barrel that is super accurate with the right slugs.
     
  4. PapaG

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    Definitely not a blowback. Gas operated just like the 1100.
     
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    This. Maybe you had a Remington Model 11 which is long recoil operated.
     
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    The 11-87 was a modified 1100 designed to shoot almost any 2 3/4" or 3" load. The older 1100's could be had either way, but if set up for heavy loads it wouldn't function with light loads. If set up for light loads wouldn't handle 3" shells.

    They are a decent enough gun, but if buying new I think there are better options today. But they are still a solid gun at decent prices. They are often criticized for being heavier than the 1100, but that was mostly due to the heavier barrels that Remington switched to when they started offering interchangeable choke tubes. The older 1100's with fixed chokes had lighter, thinner barrels. Even the newer 1100's designed for choke tubes had to use thicker barrel steel. Remington tried to make the thinner barrels work with tubes, but had issues with barrels splitting and quickly went back to the thicker steel.

    FYI, all of the 11-87 barrels shorter than 26" were designed for heavy loads only. They work with heavy 2 3/4" loads and 3" shells, but won't reliably cycle the action with light loads. It has to do with the shorter amount of time the gas has to build up in shorter barrels in order to cycle the action. The gas ports in those barrels can be modified to work with light loads, but then you risk damaging the gun with heavy loads. All the shorter barrels were put on guns designed for big game, turkey or personal defense where heavy loads are normally used anyway.
     
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  7. Virginian

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    The 11-87 Premiers with the Light Contour barrels, and even the 'standard' RemChoke barrels after the early run of heavy ones, are very nice guns, especially for steel receivered and walnut gun fans like me.
     
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    I bought an 11-87 in 20 gage about 3 yrs ago. It seemed very tight, but has always functioned flawlessly. I'm mainly using 2 3/4" shells as my hound doesn't like more noise than necessary. Gun seems to swing well. Would describe it as an economic quality gun and would recommend it.
     
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  9. d2wing

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    I have one with a slug barrel and field barrel. My son uses one for trap. Great guns. A bit heavy but smooth shooting and reliable. And they fit most people really well. I like better than some more expensive guns I have had. It is the best slug gun I have ever shot.
     
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    Yea, I believe Remington has shotgun stock dimensions down pat.
     
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  11. 243winxb

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    I shot a few rounds of skeet with one. Worked ok. The ejected shell blocked seeing the 2nd bird on doubles, at times. . May be a left handed problem?

    The weight soaks up the recoil. But i dont like picking up empties.
     
  12. d2wing

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    Not my ideal gun for skeet or sporting clays but ok for trap. I do most of my shooting with a Beretta 686.
     
  13. kudu
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    I actually used my 11-87 as a skeet doubles gun and once in a while as my 12 gauge event gun. With the 30" barrel I love shooting sporting clays and skeet with it, doesn't do too bad on trap, but I have to really cover the targets. It fits me as well as my Beretta 682, but most Remington shotguns seem to fit me well.
     
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    Shot my only 50 straight at skeet with a Premier and imp cyl choke tube. Wish I still had it. Nicer than any of my 1100s.
     
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    Im thinking you May have had a Model 11 as was previously suggested or more likely IMO, a really worn and lots of patina 11-48. They never made them in stainless so it was either silver from wear or had been refinished.
     
  16. TonyAngel

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    Nope, wasn't a model 11. That's the one with the hump back on it, right? No this was a stainless auto. 12 gauge blowback. I remember how unfun it was to shoot that thing. I don't know why it's stuck in my head as a remington. Oh, well. Not the first time I was mistaken about something and certainly not the last.
     
  17. PapaG

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    Who made a stainless recoil operated auto. I am unfamiliar with such an animal.
     
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    Maybe a coin-finished browning A5?
     
  19. TonyAngel

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    I'm starting to think that I dreamed it.
     
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    My 11-87 is on the heavy side despite the 18" barrel because I have a butt cuff and sidesaddle and a Surefire light.
    I also have a quick load ramp and combat bolt handle.

    Set up for bad guys or bears. It hangs out in the hall closet.
     
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    Screenshot_20190413-112508_Gallery.jpg I really like mine!!
     
  22. Fine Figure of a Man

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    The 11-87 Remington is a fine gun.
    This is the Special field Model I inherited from my dad.
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    Actually I had to modify Dads 11-87 Premier a bit. Shortened the barrel and put the straight grip stock on it.
    Over 100 rounds of light trap loads through it. No malfunctions and shoots very well.
     
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