View Full Version : Remington 11-87 Supermag

January 26, 2011, 09:01 PM
When looking for a good all purpose 12 guage i was convinced by many reputable people that this was a good gun. And on paper they seemed right. Shoots 2.75, 3 and 3.5" shells, camo, seemed good to me. Well...since opening it out of the box and taking it dove hunting its had a problem cycling through rounds. the mag jams, the camo is rubbing and flaking off where you dissassemble. Had the entire trigger assembly replaced, and other maintenance, and still no luck. So my question is, have other people had such bad luck with this gun, or have i just caught a bad one?

January 26, 2011, 09:18 PM
Camo Remington guns do that, seen it alot actually. I dont recommend buying camo Remington guns just for that reason, they use a different type of dipping than others and its just not up to spec. As far as not cycling the super mags hate shooting 2 3/4" whicj id imagine is what your shooting. They are designed to kick the heavy recoil shell and they struggle kicking the little ones out. I would honeslty try and contact them if its that new and see if they will give you a wooden one. If not then take it to be dipped by a pro. They can usually do it under 150 bucks and they look great.

January 26, 2011, 09:19 PM
Your gun is probably okay, but the "dove" loads may too light for the supermag to cycle. You need to carefully read the ammo requirements in the Owner's Manual. Most "dove" loads don't meet the supermags 3-dram, 1-1/8 oz minimum load requirement. Try some "heavy trap" loads on those dove.

January 26, 2011, 09:24 PM
Déjà vu?

January 27, 2011, 12:09 AM
Yea, thats all remington could tell me too. that i wasn't using the right load. which really told me...they have no idea. And the camos not a big deal, just kinda irritating. I would love to have it dipped in Max-4 camo

January 27, 2011, 12:19 AM
And as far as heavy loads go, i've kinda had a sub-par couple duck seasons so i honestly haven't shot enough to tell you if it cycles through better with them. I got the gun 3 christmases ago

January 27, 2011, 12:50 AM
I had one and it served me well for what I used it for. Waterfowl & Turkey. The only 2 3/4 shells it shot reliably where 1 1/4oz. of shot. On a side note you can drill the gas ports out a very small amount and make them shot the lighter dove loads, but will increase recoil on the larger shells and that could damage the receiver. A buddy of mine did his and he has been using it for the last 7 years with no problem. He shoots mostly 3" shells at waterfowl. They make recoil kits that go in the stock and are suppose to make the gun shoot light loads well, but you have to change it if you want to go back to the magnum loads.

January 27, 2011, 11:12 AM
They make recoil kits that go in the stock and are suppose to make the gun shoot light loads well, but you have to change it if you want to go back to the magnum loads.
Yes, that may be true; but, a lot of folks obtained a supermag thinking it would shoot all manner of 2 3/4-inch loads because they hadn't read the fine print in the gun's specs. I suspect the "in the stock" recoil kit consists of a reduced action spring. Not exactly the thing you want to have to change in a duck blind. Another solution, if you really want to shoot a lot of light 2 3/4" loads, might be to get an extra barrel and gradually enlarge the barrel's gas vent area until you match your desired load's requirement. Back in the day, when Remington 1100's were popular in clay competition, tricked-out gas systems weren't unheard-of.

FYI: My Remington lives in a factory two barrel hard, green, case that I picked up, on sale, for under $30 some years ago. I don't know if Remington still runs them on promotion every now and then.

January 27, 2011, 02:20 PM
I'd forget about 3.5" shells and buy a standard 11-87, Beretta, or Benelli. They all make good guns that work fine with light 2.75" up to heavy 3" shells.

January 30, 2011, 08:33 PM
Try doubling up on the Barrel seal. (some people call it the "O" ring). It's an old Remington Armorer trick that makes the semi's cycle the lighter loads.

February 1, 2011, 08:30 PM
^ Yea i know what your talking about. That was one of the few things remington would tell us. that the o-ring is for lighter loads. I didn't know you could stack them

February 1, 2011, 08:51 PM
What loads are you using if I might ask ?

February 1, 2011, 09:08 PM
well when its 2 3/4 just standard remington dove loads. I can't remember what shot off hand. Every dove season when they drop the price on the shells i stock up for the year

February 1, 2011, 09:44 PM
I shoot 2 3/4 #8 all day with no malfunctions. Double up on that barrel seal. That's what I did.

February 1, 2011, 09:54 PM
Aight, i'll def give that a try. Where'd you buy the extra seal? or i guess its a pretty standard item

February 1, 2011, 10:06 PM
Went right through Remington. They sell for around $3.00. Part #15899. Buy a few. The gas pressure really eats the heck out of them.