11-87 minimum load

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  1. paul

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    Is there a adjustment that can be made on 11-87's to handle light to heavy loads? Sometimes the 11-87 won't eject the cheaper dove shells with short brass vs. the more expensive high brass shell's. Any idea's?
     
  2. Virginian

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    Yes. Take it down. Do not clean the inside of the barrel ring. Get some cheap silicone sealant. Put a dab on your finger and dab it on the inside of the relief ports. Not the gas ports, but the relief ports, which are under the spring clip. You can remove easily later if you didn't clean the powder residue off. That should prevent any bypassing of gas with light loads. Don't forget to remove before shooting heavier stuff.
     

  3. paul

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    11-87 minimum load/light load for doves

    What would happen if relief holes were left with silicone filler in them during heavy loads? Seems like Remington shotguns should be able to shoot their own shotgun loads. Remington shotguns do not like that"Remington" season special on sale every year where you can buy a 100rds for cheaper price. Thank you for prompt reply
     
  4. Virginian

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    If you read the owner's manual I believe you will find that the 11-87 was designed to handle any load from field 1-1/8 ounce loads up thru 3" Magnums. If you are within that range I agree, it should work. My bet is you are below that.
    If you shoot heavy loads with the silicone over the relief ports you will cause too much gas to push the action to the rear, possibly causing damage.
    Remington makes cheap shells to sell to people who want to buy cheap shells. Most of the cheap dove loads I see annually are 1 ounce. They do not function in all semi autos, and neither do all the other shells that all manufacturers make. The light or low recoil shells are notoriously bad actors in some guns. Semi autos are the most ammo picky guns because of their design. Because of the propensity of shooters shooting lower powered loads these days, the new 1100 Sporting models have larger gas ports are are designed to only be used with shells up to 1-1/8 ounce field loads. But they will handle just about anything I have seen on the low end.
     
  5. gvw3

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    This is a problem with the 1187. The 1100 works well with these light loads.
     
  6. Virginian

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    Even non-Skeet models 1100s have issues with some mouse fart loads. Skeet barrels have always had bigger ports like the new Sporting barrels. If you want to shoot 3/4 ounces why not shoot a 20?
     
  7. paul

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    11-87 loads

    I don't own a 20ga., that's is why I don't shoot 3/4oz 20ga. loads.
    I realize 11-87's have an issue with certain loads of cheaper shells. Hoped to obtain advice on fixing that issue so I can continue using the same shotgun.
     
  8. Virginian

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    What loads are you trying to shoot?
     
  9. paul

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    11-87 minimum load/light load for doves

    Remington Dove loads: 12ga. 1 1/8oz. #8shot. 3Dram equivalent, 1200fps
     
  10. Virginian

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    Those should cycle. Have you thoroughly cleaned the entire gun? I have seen a few 11-87s thru the years that were balky with anything less than high powered stuff for several hundred rounds. Luck of the draw I guess. If you have tried the cleaning and still have issues I would gag the relief ports for a few hundred rounds and then try them again.
     
  11. Gonzilla

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    I've got 20 ga 11-87 and it shoots light loads well. Luck of the draw ?

    Browning autos used to have different pistons, I'm working w Baretta 391s & Coles makes different springs - its a WIP.

    If you reload, you can adjust the load. If you don't reload, just accept she doesn't like the cheap stuff. ;)
     
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