I'm looking into buying my first shotgun, and i'm considering the Remington 1100. I read that they are overall very reliable and very durable as long a sthey are well maintained, can anyone confirm or deny this?
Although Right Handed, I bought and improted a gently used Rem 1100 LH from Japan in 1993 for 150.00 fun dollars. I have shot a gazillion clay pigeons with it and a whole lot of Dove, Quail, Phesants and Turkey with it with no parts breakage. I havent yet found a standard pressure load that didnt function in my gun as advertised. Its been a reliable performer for me over the years but YMMV.
I bought my 12 gauge 1100 in a discount store in 1971, price: $129.95. (Oh, man, am I ever getting old!).
I've hunted upland birds, ducks, turkey and deer with it almost every year since then. (I have 3 different barrels for it now, including a rifled barrel for sabot slugs, a vent rib bbl. with interchangeable chokes, and the original plain barrel cut down to 18" for SD). Also shot thousands of clay pigeons with friends, family, and now my grandchildren. Never, ever, in all those thousands of rounds have I had a failure to feed, fire, or eject. Ever.
Four or five years ago, I bought an extra O-ring and seal kit for it because I'd been hearing all that good stuff about the O-rings crapping out. Good thing to have, just in case, I guess. It's still in the sealed plastic bag in my gun-junk box........
Had mine for 10 yrs.....shot 3 gun with it....no problems......had mine Vang Comped...
AFAIK, got a deal on a group buy(like $300)...... it was 'Wilsoned'( the dude figured he wasn't charging enough, but I got mine under the wire) when I got it.....it's my "go to" rig....the Winchester mod 12 Deer Slug(top) is my BU( yeah, I burned my fingergrips into the front stock with a soldering iron and put skate tape in them).
I never go to shooting ranges and I don't hunt in groups. It is for home defence only, and as such I do not require a bolt hold open. I have never been to an offical range, so I was unaware of that "problem".
However, thank you for pointing out that range requirement.
as for getting stuff in the barrel, that happens about...um...well only a couple times in my life I have ever gotten something (like mud) in the barrel. So I think I can not worry aobut that "flaw".
You are mistaken about the barrel assemble and disasembly. The barrel can be assembled with holding the bolt open, you are thinking of a Remington 870 PUMP.
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11-87 may be a better choice. 1100 from my memory only allow 2 3/4" shells. My 11-87 in 20 gauge and 12 gauge a very reliable. The 20 gauge needed a chamber polishing on the barrel at first with a dremel buffing pad. Now it is 100% reliable and HD trustworthy.
One down side to the 11-87 and possibly the 1100 is reloading it. You have to push down the tab with one hand and load with the other. They make conversion kit to reload one handed; just like a 870 would. I didn't convert either.
the 11-87 is a good firearm. For hunting purposes other than pheasant hunting; an 870 would just be fine.
The 1100 TAC 4, their 22" barrelled tactical model is only 2¾" as are the other models except for their newer 1100 G-3 model that will take 3" shells...
As to reliability, it is one of the most popular semis in 3 gun events and its been around for over forty years especially seen on the clay fields...I have a few friends who have been shooting theirs, in competition for over twenty five years and have put hundreds of thousands shells through them and not a single gun problem--some issues with very lightly reloaded shells...
The 11-87 gives you the benefit of using even 3½" shells with the accompanying increased muzzle blast, report, recoil and of course penetration...
The also have the SP-10, a 10 bore, 3½" semi auto...now that will put a lot more pellets downrange with the same [felt] recoil as a 12 bore produces...I use an old Ithaca Mag 10 for pass shooting geese and it really wallops them within range--should have gotten the 20" (?) barrel available for it back then for a HD gun--an 80cm (31") barrel is a little hard on the furniture even with it in a crouched carry...
The 1100 is a good gun, but so are the pumps. I think it is personal preference. I understand that under some interpretation of the gun laws, the 1100 was at one time a canidate for being classed as an assualt weapon. I would go with the pump.
I think that if the law ever does go against us the true "Sporting guns" will be the last to go. Meaning shotguns with low content magazines and barrels longer then 20" or some arbatrary figure. It will probably be some wording similar to the Kaliforna law stating pistol grips/long mags/sights/bla-bla-bla
In Australia they got both simiautos and pumps if memory serves me.
If you do get an 1100 you need to store your O-rings in the Morman geniology vault in Salt Lake City. It is the ozone in poluted air that kills the neoprine. I have had them go bad inside a zip lock bag within 6 months of purchase while sitting on the shelf in the gunshop, located on a heavily traveled 6 lane city street.
People that live in the country use their 1100s for years without problems. City dwellers often need to change rings yearly due to exhaust pollution. Cities differ in this reguard.
Even with this fault they are one of my all time favorites.
I've had one M-1100 12 ga since 1972 - Never had a problem firing thousands of rounds through it. I added 5 shot mag extention (=10 round capacity) to a 28" vent rib barrel, a Choate Pistol grip Stock set - and added a 20" barrel with rifle sight (The two barrels give great versatility). I like the 1100 so much...I got a second one in 1979... have had the same great reliability and versatility.
I also have two M870 12ga - with synthetic stocks and several barrels for each. Just like the 1100s - total reliability!!
The Remington 1100 and 870 have been trouble free over the years, through thousands of rounds, and much use/abuse. The Remingtons also have a tremendous amount of after market add-ons available - more than most of the other brands. You can modify,add, change,etc...to your hearts content - or till the gun is "just right" for you.