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Old February 27, 2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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870 or 11-87

I have an 870 Express which is strictly for home defense. Don't use it much, it's all but new save for about 40 rounds through her. Have had it for several years. Very nice shotgun. A friend is offering an 11-87 in a trade (the 11-87 plus about $200. for my 870). Are the 11-87's that much better than the 870's for me to do this? Is the pump vs. the semi-auto aspect a big difference in performance/reliability or ease of usability? I've never fired a semi-auto so am not sure?

Thanks for the input.
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Old February 27, 2010, 12:38 PM   #2
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First off, you are talking two different actions and levels of quality. Can't begin to address the differences. If you are saying that he wants your 870 and $200.00 for his 11-87 and his is in equal condition or better, then it could be a good deal. Might ask if you have a use for the 11-87 and do you really want one. Both of these shotguns are very serviceable and give good performance. I guess it comes down to a matter of need. I cannot say anything bad about either but as I said before; Two different animals.



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Old February 27, 2010, 02:12 PM   #3
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A decent used 870 Express is a $200 gun, a decent used 11-87 is a $400 gun. He wants to give you the 11-87 AND $200 boot for your Express?

About all I can say is, the least you can do is kiss him before he leaves, after you make the trade...

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Old February 27, 2010, 02:23 PM   #4
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The 11-87 is a cheaper version of the 1100, still a reliable gun. You stated that it was for home defense. It is very easy to "short shuck" a pump in a stresssful situation, meaning not to complete the cycle. An auto almost never fails to give you more shots. Just a thought.
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Old February 27, 2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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A decent used 870 Express is a $200 gun, a decent used 11-87 is a $400 gun. He wants to give you the 11-87 AND $200 boot for your Express?
WOW, I guess I didn't read this right or could not believe what I was reading. If this is true, jump on it as it is definitely worth your time and money and your coud not go wrong, if it's in good shape ..



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Old February 27, 2010, 04:37 PM   #6
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Sorry. I got it backwards of course. It's the 870 plus around $200. for the 11-87.
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Old February 27, 2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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If It were the other way around, I would jump on it, then run down to the gun store and buy another pump gun to keep the 11-87 happy.

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It is very easy to "short shuck" a pump in a stresssful situation, meaning not to complete the cycle. An auto almost never fails to give you more shots. Just a thought.
My practice has taught me to shuck my shells... 100% of the time EVERY TIME!
My auto loaders of various makes models and chamberings have never learned to learn and thus are not as reliable as my arm and shoulder.

The one auto loader shotgun rarely got 3 shots off (all it held) with out a jam but that was one of them 1980's made Winchesters.
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Old February 27, 2010, 05:18 PM   #8
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I've never fired a semi-auto so am not sure?
It's a no brainer…. get some shells and shoot the 11-87!
Before that, download a 1100 / 11-87 users manual from Remington and peruse it. One of the big advantages of buying a gun from a private party, especially a friend, is being able "drive it around the block" first.
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Old February 27, 2010, 05:33 PM   #9
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I'd keep the 870.
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Old February 27, 2010, 10:05 PM   #10
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Both worthy pieces. Depends on what you want to do.

I'd keep the 870 if it's just general purpose/HD.

If you're going for clays, ducks, doves, and all around flying things, the 1187 is the bee's knees. I've got several, and they rock.
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Old February 28, 2010, 02:29 PM   #11
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Thank you for the good advice all. I'm keeping the 870 and will save for a semi auto.

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