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Old November 18, 2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Question on Remington shot gun

What is the difference in the Remington 1100 and the 11-87? What one is the better??
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Old November 18, 2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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in my opinion... stick with the 870..
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Old November 18, 2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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The 1187 is capable of shooting 3" shells and 3 1/2" shells with certain models. The 1100 is made for 2 3/4" only unless you have a magnum model or steel shot barrel for it. The 1187 has the self compensating gas system that allows it to vent any excess gas not needed to work the gas system where on the 1100 extra gas won't vent which could "beat up" your gun. The 1100 is more for trap and such where the 1187 is popular for hunting. I have heard much better reviews on the 1100 especially when it comes to reliability and the 1187 is hit or miss (some people get lucky while others get a real piece of garbage).
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Old November 18, 2012, 06:14 PM   #4
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The biggest enemy of any semi auto is the nut on the back of the stock. I dare say of late more 1100s are bought by experienced shooter whereas more 11-87s are bought by newbies - another factor. The guns are 99.9% the same, and over their history there have been 1100s that were really 11-87s, and 11-87 target models that were really 1100s under the skin. For a man with one gun wanting flexibility, an 11-87 has more flexibility. In spite of what you hear, you can swap barrels although you may have to shim the fore end, and make sure if you put an older 1100 barrel on an 11-87 you widen the extractor slot or swap bolts too, because the 11-87 ushered in a wider extractor. The new 1100s have them too. the newer 11-87s have a flat finish aimed at hunters whereas the 1100s are all spit and polish target models - except for the Gander Mountain 1100s, which actually looked quite nice. Satin, not at all 870 flat.
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Old November 18, 2012, 11:23 PM   #5
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Also, originally when the 11-87 was introduced, It has a stainless magazine tube. Supposedly on the 1100, the gasses from the shells would cause corrosion of the magazine tube. The stainless tube on the 11-87 was to eliminate this. I dont know if new 1100s now have the stainless tube, but years ago, they didnt.
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Old November 19, 2012, 12:45 PM   #6
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There are fans of the 1100 and fans of the 11-87 ...and shooters that like semi-auto shotguns that like neither of them....same in all things !

"Better" is relative....but in terms of reliabilty and durability both are about the same. There are some differences in chamber length on some models / and you should probably focus on what you want to do with the gun / what chamber length you want or need vs which model.

Both the 1100's and the 11-87's have killed more game birds in the field - than any of us could ever count.... I see them both models on clay target fields all over the country.../ in a variety of gagues.

There are a lot of gas operated shotguns out there these days....Beretta probably has 35 different models / Browning-Winchester have several models --- etc....

I think in general, its fair to say that Beretta is making some very good guns these days a variety of configurations. I like Browning - Wincheste a lot ..especially the Browning Silver series for an entry level gun - and its on sale in some of the "big box" stores right now for Xmas...

but the 1100 is not better than the 11-87 or vice versa - in my opinion.
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Old November 19, 2012, 09:21 PM   #9
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Go with the G-3 a high end 1100. It has minimal felt reciol and can shoot many different payloads. As with any gas gun it must be cleaned regularly.
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