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ReeseD951 10-29-2009 02:06 AM

Remington 1100/870
I've gotten into Trap shooting, and i've wondered what type of shotgun to get. Ive looked at both the Remington 870 express and the 1100. Fired the 870 at the local range(it was thier loaner) and it kept jamming after about 15 shots, i don;t know if it was the Shells or not (they were estate's). I have not Held or Fired the 1100 yet. but i was told by a friend that they are not good. someone clear this up for me?

OC357 10-29-2009 02:50 AM

The 1100 is a smoothe and fast shooter for skeet/trap. That's what I used mine for. It never failed to fire or eject a case.

I never had an 870 so I can't speak to that.

Welcome to the forum. I see this is your first post.


ReeseD951 10-29-2009 03:16 AM

I talked to my friends dad about that, he said that it's cheating (opinion) but i have one questoin about the 1100 then, HOW do you load it? fromt he bottom or the side where the bolt/action is?

UnderFire 10-29-2009 03:36 AM

870's & 1100's load from the bottom.
I have 2 Rem 870's and have never had any kind of failure with them.
The one you tried out may need some maintenance, since it is a loaner and has been handled & mishandled by many.
Both are great guns. Which one to buy? It all depends if you want a semi or pump.

ReeseD951 10-29-2009 03:42 AM

Ok, but can't you load the 870 pump from the side with the action open? IE: Drop the shell in and close the action? Or is that an improper way to load it for a Single shot on trap. I'm Most likely not going hunting with either of these guns unless it sparks my interest

dunerunner 10-29-2009 04:10 AM

Yes, you can drop a round in the ejection port on the 870 with the action open. Talk to the folks who shoot sporting clays, Skeet and Trap. See what recomendations they have on an entry level shotgun.

OC357 10-29-2009 06:25 AM


Originally Posted by ReeseD951 (Post 179554)
I talked to my friends dad about that, he said that it's cheating (opinion) but i have one questoin about the 1100 then, HOW do you load it? fromt he bottom or the side where the bolt/action is? would the 1100 be cheating?? You only get 2 clays and therefore 2 shots at a time. Sometimes I use a double (Antonio Zoli Golden Eagle) ......2 barrels.....2 pulls. Just as fast as the autoloader with 2 shots.


rfield 10-29-2009 12:31 PM

Cycling the action on the 870 might pull you off target for the second shot, but I wouldn't call it cheating to use a semi.

Virginian 10-29-2009 05:07 PM

I have had 1100s for 46 years and highly recommend them, and 870s for 35 years and think pretty highly of them two. I have never had a reliability problem with either gun. I have tried/shot just about everything else that has come along before or since and haven't felt the need to change yet.
The conventional way you load either is first shell in the open port, close action, however many more you want in the bottom loading port.
An 1100, being gas operated, is among the softest shooting guns that exist. This matters to a lot of people shooting hundreds of rounds at clay pigeons. The 870 was once very common on the traplines of America, but the over and unders became the fashionable darlings of gun writers in the 1960s. One advantage of an 870 is that is does not throw empties and possibly hit the guy on your right on the trap field. 1100 Trap models have a small piece on the barrel to deflect the empties down, and they sell shell catchers for the regular models, too.
I love to take my 1100 Magnum duck gun to one particular club. It does not eject the light trap load empties automatically, and this one local "expert" always has to say something, and I always reply "I know, I like it that way." The fact that I am at best an occassional casual trap guy and can usually keep up with him is frosting on the cake.
If you can shoot, an 1100 or an 870 will keep up with anything else out there, regardless of price.

davemccarthy707 10-29-2009 07:46 PM

You need an Auto 5 with the speedloader....;)

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