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Old February 1, 2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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Remington 1187?

I'm in the market for a semi auto shotgun. I'm going to be using it for 3 gun competitions, so I'm looking for something that fast, and manageable. There's a fellow here at work that has a Remington 1187 that's suppose to be practically new. He going to bring it in tomorrow, and he's asking $450 for it.

Good Deal?

Also, I've read on a few threads that these are prone to some breakage?

Is this true, and if so, what parts are suspect?

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Old February 1, 2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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When the 11-87 was introduced in 1987 ....they had some problems / getting them to cycle properly ....but I think for the most part, they worked those issues out.

The price seems ok / not great ....there are a lot of 11-87's around on the used market. It depends on which version he has / but I think most of the 11-87's are around $ 600 - $ 750 new.
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Old February 1, 2010, 06:07 PM   #3
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You can often find the 3" version of the 11-87's at Dicks onsale for $500. Depending on which version that one is would depend on the price.

I will say though personally I'd go with an 1100 instead. I just prefer them.
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Old February 1, 2010, 06:15 PM   #4
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Depending upon condition and model that may be a good price. I would compare like models.
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Old February 1, 2010, 09:05 PM   #5
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Offer him $400 and have the money where he can see it. You will own a good gun.
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Old February 2, 2010, 11:17 AM   #6
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It's a 11-87 Special Purpose, 2 3/4 or 3" shells. It has a 28" barrel, and has a satin finish on the receiver, almost like stainless. The rest has a matte blue finish, and the wood has a dull finish. It looks to be in excellent condition.

Fair deal?

He won't take less than $450, I'm thinking it's a good deal based on what available through the local dealers. I found one that was pretty rough, but it already had the magazine extension, and fiber optic sights. The dealer wanted $580. The other one I found had an 18" barrel w/o chokes, but it had everything else I wanted, it was $450.

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Old February 2, 2010, 11:38 AM   #7
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I've never seen an 11-87 Special Purpose with a satin stainless receiver???

Mine, and the others I've seen have the same matte blued finish as the 870 express line.

I got mine used off gunbroker about 2 years ago for 399.00 + 20 ship and 20 transfer. It was the Special Purpose synthetic version with a 21" VR Remchoke barrel and a 21" rifled barrel. I've since sold both of those barrels and bought 2 different barrels and I've swapped stocks a couple times.

450 is OK, but not a great deal. I'm stumped as to whether that receiver came from the factory that way or maybe someone stripped the bluing off of it?

One limitation on the shorter barreled 11-87's is cycling lighter weight shells (light birdshot basically).
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Old February 3, 2010, 09:00 AM   #8
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My and the wife bought a pair of the 1187 Premier, light conutur shot gungs abput four years ago. These are mainly used for Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays and small game ( mostly Pheasant). They are lighter and swing good. Your'e at a disadvantage in the sporting clays due to the single barrel & choke. Most of the serious sporting clay shooters that I know use an O/U.
The 1187 does cycle fast with the proper load; using light loads will cause it to not cycle. This is the only negative about the gun. Keep the clean and they are great guns.
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Old February 6, 2010, 11:55 AM   #9
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OK, I bought it, and the receiver isn't stainless. The receiver is just lighter in color than the barrel, it's a matte blued finish. The Shot Gun is in new new condition, but it's dirty as hell. He apparently never cleaned it.

I'll post up pictures of the before, and after. So far I've got the "Easyloader", black synthetic forearm and but stock, Nordic +6 extended tube, and a bigger fiber optic front bead type sight. I've gotten about half way through with it, and I should have it all done soon.

This is going to be one "rocking" 3 gun Shot Gun....

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Old February 6, 2010, 12:15 PM   #10
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I had one. It worked very well.

I was shooting trap with it for a while with VERY cheap loads. The powder was incredibly dirty. The gun was not able to handle the fowling after about 250 rounds. No one else shooting those loads in semi-autos seemed to have the problems.
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Old February 6, 2010, 01:03 PM   #11
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I have a few AR15's that don't run with cheap ammo like Wolf.

Guess what?

I don't use cheap crappy ammo in them.


This 11-87 that I bought ran perfectly at the range 3 days ago. I put some low brass #6 through it, and it didn't have any failures of any type. If it gave me some issues with that specific ammo, I wouldn't use that ammo anymore. I know there are a lot of people out there that don't care for the Remington 1100 series, and say that Benelli is the best. I had an H&K Benelli, but I sold it. I didn't want to sell it, but I needed the money. I don't feel that I shorted myself by going to the Remington, but I did save a ton of money, that's for sure.

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Old February 7, 2010, 02:43 PM   #12
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Glad to hear you're having a good time with the new gun.....

I see you were shooting 6's / most ranges will limit you to shot sizes no bigger than 7 1/2's ....
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Old February 8, 2010, 12:19 PM   #13
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Before with the crappy phone camera.


and After....


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