Remington 11-87

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by markerdown, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. markerdown

    markerdown New Member

    These guns get a pretty bad rap from some folks. Lots of jams and other cycling issues. I've had mine for about 5 years, primarily shoot in the desert southwest so there is zero humidity(no rain either ! :() , but it's a dusty environment. It replaced my old plain jane 1100 that was stolen.

    I normally shoot 2 3/4 , #7.5 shot federals or whatever I can get at wally world, you know, the 100rds for about $22 deal. I have about 500 rds thru my gun. For cleaning all I have done is run a bore snake thru it after a days hunting, wipe out the chamber area and wipe down the exterior metal with breakfree. That's it.

    It hasn't failed to fire or failed to cycle as of yet. Haven't changed any O rings or gas piston rings. I haven't taken the forearm off since I assembled the gun when I got it home. I have the 11-87 premier, I treat it like a field gun should be treated, I didn't buy it just for looks.

    Anyone else shoot an 11-87?...................................markerdown
  2. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

    You have discovered the great truth; they work. The biggest problem I have had or seen with an 1100 or 11-87 in 46 years is a bad nut on the back of the stock. Unfortunately, there are a lot of those about.

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    The 1100's were a bit picky about ammo, but I have never heard anyone bad mouth an 11-87. For a gas operated S/A bird gun, he 11-87 is very hard to beat. The 11-87P is a very good combat shotgun.
  4. hth3

    hth3 New Member

    I too replaced a Remington 1100 with an 11-87, the one with the gold trigger, etc. The first dove hunt I used it on ended with torrential rain. Took it home and broke it down all the way (except for trigger unit of course) and removed all moisture, etc. The next hunt, it cycled about three shells and hung up.
    Eveyone said I didn't reassemble it correctly, that the ring was in wrong, etc. I did it all by the book so not sure where it went wrong.
    Took it home and recleaned and now it seems to work fine.

    I don,t know about the 11-87 yet, I'll keep trying it, but I sure do miss that old 1100. I bought it at the Exchange on the Charleston Air Force Base for $150.00 when my Dad was stationed at Charleston Navy Base. That was in the early '70s. Hopefully I will kill as many birds with the new as I did with the old.

  5. markerdown

    markerdown New Member

    The 1100 that I had stolen was a late 60's plain jane, non vent rib 1100 with a modified barrel. I got it used when someone traded it in on a new gun in Sep 1972. My dad put a new front bead on it for me and that was it.

    Nothin fancy, but it was the gun that just felt right when shouldered and I usually hit what I was shootin at :).

    I used it for upland and waterfowl. Rain, mud, salt marshes and typical new england woods environment. I had it for 10 seasons and was very irate when it got stolen. When I got back into upland hunting, I couldn't find another 1100, the 11-87 was the suitable sub. Not quite the same, but then again neither am I.

    I got no complaints. We'll see what happens when I take it to UT this weekend for phez and nocal late dec for geese :) Yeah, I'm also bringing a back-up................markerdown
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
  6. markerdown

    markerdown New Member

    Utah Phez....Another fun day afield. 10 rds, 4 birds (actually 5 but 2 of us shot and filled the rooster full of lead). The 11-87 performed flawlessly. :) markerdown

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009