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Old January 22, 2013, 02:34 PM   #1
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Should I buy?

Found an 1100 I'm interested in. Has a 30" fixed full choke, DU edition with gold inlay. Rated at 80% condition. Store is asking $450. Is this a fair price?
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Old January 22, 2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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My uncle had one of those. Nice gun. It was his duck/goose gun and he loved it. Don't know the values on them now but they are nice guns.
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Old January 22, 2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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Scattergun, was your uncles 1100 2.75" only?
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Old January 22, 2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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FWIW, most 1100's were chambered for 2-3/4" shells.

1100's chambered for 3" shells are stamped "MAGNUM" in/on the lower receiver sidewall.


$450 is a bit high for a shooter 1100 with nice wood, but worth it if a buyer likes the DU embellishments (a gold-colored electroplating).


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Old January 22, 2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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Yes I know most are 2.75" only Petah but scattergun said his uncles was his go to duck/goose gun. Most swear you need at least a 3" shell for waterfowl
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Old January 22, 2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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And, some think a 500 h.p. Hemi motor is the only engine good enough for their car.

A 12 gauge 3" magnum is over-rated IMO - Fire one, and you'll most likely think so, too.

It's not what's used - it's how it's used, that makes the difference.



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Old January 22, 2013, 05:43 PM   #7
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That is actually a very good way to look at things Petah
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Old January 22, 2013, 06:11 PM   #8
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Well, count me among those who think you need a 3" Magnum for ducks and especially for geese. And I do use decoys and I can call geese pretty fair, but I still don't get a lot of 25 yard shots. And I have a 3" Magnum 1100. And four others.
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:50 PM   #9
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I have never even thought of using a 2.75" shell for waterfowl. I have had good results with 3" shells however
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Old January 23, 2013, 04:25 AM   #10
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He did his hunting before the steel shot only thing. I believe he used 2 3/4 #4 shot for geese (but don't quote me on that). I remember having a little plate by our dinner plates to put any shot we found in the meat on. Awwww memories. My aunt was a great cook. She could cook up a pheasant that would make you drool just thinking about. Of course, there was always a taste left for his trusty black lab.
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Old January 23, 2013, 03:27 PM   #11
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You can't shoot a Full Choke ...with Steel shot.../ you can damage the barrel if you do !!

The tightest you want to go for waterfowl - with steel Shot -- is a Modified Choke...
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So no, I don't think a fixed choke gun ( especially a Full Choke gun ) is a smart purchase ...and value on a gun like this in the used market ( at 80% - which is not very good ) ...and with Ducks Unlimited engravings etc ...is maybe $ 250 in my area..../ the Ducks Unlimited engravings don't help the value ...in fact in some ways, it hurts the value.../ at 80% - its not a collectors gun...
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You could probably ship the gun to Briley in Texas and have screw in chokes fitted for the gun for around $ 350 ...
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Old January 23, 2013, 03:40 PM   #12
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Yeah I got to thinking Big Jim an I don't think this is the right deal. Lately, I've been thinking about the idea of browsing for a new 3" semi but I really don't know. Gonna go do a little browsing over the weekend hopefully
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Old January 25, 2013, 03:14 PM   #13
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A 30" fixed full choke 1100 is a turkey gun and that's about it. And far from an ideal one at that.
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Old January 25, 2013, 04:55 PM   #14
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I would hate to try to count how many ducks I have killed with a full choke, either 28" or 30". After I got serious and did a lot of patterning, I found that for shot bigger than #4, slightly less choke usually patterns tighter. So now I have an Improved Modified in my 3" Wingmaster Light Contour barrel, and another one in my 30" shortened to 28" 3" Steel Shot Remington 1100 barrel. I've killed a bunch of geese too, but I could probably count that high. Probably.
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Old January 25, 2013, 07:33 PM   #15
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I'm gonna offer him $300 or $350 and not a dollar more tomorrow. To me, the DU engravings aren't anything special. Also, I would like go get a gun with changeable chokes but if I can get a decent deal on this gun then I might just take it for some hunting and the occasional clays
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:29 PM   #16
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Sounds like the seller realized that he had an old shotgun that couldn't be used properly with steel shot and was trying to unload it. Of course, you could alway have it cut down to 28in and have it threaded for screw in chokes. Then it would be versitile for all kinds of shooting/hunting.
($300.00 would be a fair price considering the cost of the cut/threading)
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