Originally Posted by Maveou
Hi guys. First post here, I'll try to give as much information as possible. I inherited a 12 gauge shotgun from my father after he passed, and took it to a local gun shop to have the guy tell me if it was safe to shoot. He said it was, I believe, a full choke, and I shouldn't shoot 00 buck out of it, because it could blow the barrel. He said I could have it modified, but I don't recall much about that. My now ex-boyfriend then took it, disregarding the advice given at the gun shop and fired it a few times with 00 buck and bird shot. It did fine, and it kicked hard. It is a Savage Automatic (We thought it was a Browning) On the rubber edged butt of the gun it says "White Line Pachmaur Gun Works" .. I have no idea guys. Young lady (27) here, just trying to make sure that I don't go getting myself if I was forced to use it. I have a Davis p-380 but have recently learned the firing pins can go bad, break and cause critical injury or death if fired, so I am wanting to depend on this shotgun. Maybe buy a new one?
Thank you for any help, and sorry to take your time.
Your 720 and Remington model 11 (among others)are a Browning patent copy of the famous A5 . Most parts are not interchangable though. The operation is the same however.
00 buck is ok to shoot, but never shoot steel shot or you with ruin the barrel.
You need to check the friction ring setup on the gun since it is a recoil (not gas) operated design. If it kicks hard it may be due to improper settings of these rings. The excessive recoil may also damage the gun and break the forend which is very thin at the bottom edge.
Here is a link to properly set the rings. Do this and you should be fine. Set your rings to the "heavy loads" setting when shooting 00 buck or any "high brass" shell. Go to the "light loads" setting when shooting light game (low brass) or trap type loads. Use very little to no oil on the magazine tube since excess oil will defeat the purpose of the friction rings too causing excess recoil and battering of the internals of the gun.
If you a betting your life on this gun get the proper ammo and ring settings. Also, since it is a recoil operated weapon you need to have it firmly against yor shoulder in order for it to cycle properly. I you "John Wayne", or shoot from the hip it may not properly eject the empty hull causing a jam. Not the ideal situation when your life is on the line.
I would suggest getting "Daddy's Gun" working properly for recreational use ,but for HD (home defense) buy a cheap pump (Remngton 870, Mossberg 590).
I hope this helps.
Remington Model 11