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 Post subject: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:11 pm 
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I just picked up a model 31 20 ga. Solid rib,nice checked stock and forend. It’s my first 31. So now I want To learn as much as I can about the 31. Would it be 2 3/4” chamber or is it a short chamber? Also I would Like to know how to disassemble.

Is there a good resource for model 31’s?




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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:40 pm 
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Congratulations! The chamber should be 2 3/4” and stamped on the barrel. Disassembly and particularly reassembly of these guns can be quite challenging if you’ve never done it. There are some pretty good videos on YouTube that should help you. There are two types of trigger groups: one with a small trigger guard on early models and one with a larger trigger guard on the late models. Parts for these guns are getting hard to find. There are plenty of worn out used parts available but few new parts. I have heard that the end of the action bar on sub gauge guns tends to break and a replacement is difficult to find. Reproduction parts for 12 guns, however are available. Be sure and keep the action well lubricated. It is in my opinion the smoothest action to be found on any pump gun. Early guns had stocks with quite a bit of drop at the heel making me shoot beneath the target. You might want to check that if you can’t hit anything. They are wonderful guns. Enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:50 pm 
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casonet wrote:
Congratulations! The chamber should be 2 3/4” and stamped on the barrel. Disassembly and particularly reassembly of these guns can be quite challenging if you’ve never done it. There are some pretty good videos on YouTube that should help you. There are two types of trigger groups: one with a small trigger guard on early models and one with a larger trigger guard on the late models. Parts for these guns are getting hard to find. There are plenty of worn out used parts available but few new parts. I have heard that the end of the action bar on sub gauge guns tends to break and a replacement is difficult to find. Reproduction parts for 12 guns, however are available. Be sure and keep the action well lubricated. It is in my opinion the smoothest action to be found on any pump gun. Early guns had stocks with quite a bit of drop at the heel making me shoot beneath the target. You might want to check that if you can’t hit anything. They are wonderful guns. Enjoy.



The one thing that I’m not sure of is the serial number is not on the barrel. Just a D and C.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:35 pm 
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Serial number should be on the receiver. Choke, date code and other information should be on the barrel.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:51 pm 
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casonet wrote:
Serial number should be on the receiver. Choke, date code and other information should be on the barrel.



Yep. But I see where other people have mentioned a serial number on the barrel. Date code is D C or C D depends on how you read it. Forgot to add in the first post it’s a ful choke.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:19 pm 
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Don’t remember the serial number on the barrel, but I’m not an authority on these guns. Hopefully Researcher will be along and can answer your question. I know what I know because I own a couple of 31s.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
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Well I looked at a couple of my guns, and lo and behold the serial numbers are there. Never noticed them before. Send me PM with your email and I will send photos

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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:28 pm 
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There were companies that made after market barrels. Simmons made sub gauge barrels for Browning Superposed and the Remington Model 32 and quite possibly others as well, and they weren’t the only company that made extra barrels. I have never heard of after market barrels for a 31, but it was certainly possible. If yours doesn’t have the usual factory markings, then you may have an after market barrel.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:11 am 
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While from the get go the Model 31 was made for 2 3/4 inch shells, it isn't until the late 1930s that they began marking the chamber length on the barrels. The SAAMI meeting where it was "suggested" that manufacturers mark the chamber length on their shotguns was in 1937. FWIW every Remington pump or autoloader from the introduction of their John M. Browning designed Remington Autoloading Shotgun in 1905, until some 2 1/2 inch chambered .410-bore skeet guns, were made for 2 3/4 inch shells.

CD = April 1935 or DC = September 1934

The Model 31 was a work in progress. There are at least three major variations -- 1931, 1934 and 1941. When introduced, the Model 31A "Standard" Grade came with a checkered stock and forearm. In 1937, Remington Arms Co., Inc. introduced the Model 31AP "Standard" Grade with a plain stock and a ringed forearm, and continued to market the guns with checkered stocks and forearms as the Model 31AC "Standard" Grade. By 1939 the AP and AC were gone and the gun with the plain stock and ringed forearm was the Model 31A "Standard" Grade.

Give us your serial number and we can tell when the receiver with that number was put in work.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:58 pm 
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Researcher01 wrote:
While from the get go the Model 31 was made for 2 3/4 inch shells, it isn't until the late 1930s that they began marking the chamber length on the barrels. The SAAMI meeting where it was "suggested" that manufacturers mark the chamber length on their shotguns was in 1937. FWIW every Remington pump or autoloader from the introduction of their John M. Browning designed Remington Autoloading Shotgun in 1905, until some 2 1/2 inch chambered .410-bore skeet guns, were made for 2 3/4 inch shells.

CD = April 1935 or DC = September 1934

The Model 31 was a work in progress. There are at least three major variations -- 1931, 1934 and 1941. When introduced, the Model 31A "Standard" Grade came with a checkered stock and forearm. In 1937, Remington Arms Co., Inc. introduced the Model 31AP "Standard" Grade with a plain stock and a ringed forearm, and continued to market the guns with checkered stocks and forearms as the Model 31AC "Standard" Grade. By 1939 the AP and AC were gone and the gun with the plain stock and ringed forearm was the Model 31A "Standard" Grade.

Give us your serial number and we can tell when the receiver with that number was put in work.



Serial number is 516700. As far as the codes. I wasnt sure which way you read them. With the breech end up it is D on top C under it. I wasn’t sure why the barrel wasn’t serial numbered. It has all the other Remington letter on the left side.

I sent you a PM over on the doublegun forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:10 am 
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Hi Woody, you may some good info on The Remington Society of America shotgun forums.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:42 am 
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The old factory ledger is hard to read right in that area, but by April 1, 1937, the highest serial number receiver put in work was 518358. So, it appears 516700 would have been put in work during March 1937.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:45 am 
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I also just picked up a M31L in 20 ga with a 28" solid rib barrel. Ser # 569928
There is quite a bit of blue wear on the barrel , mostly just in front of the receiver where it looks like it was carried, but the receiver and stock don't show much at all.

There couldn't have been many of these made, is there a place I could find out ?


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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:24 am 
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The 31 was made until about 1949; just when the 870 appeared. Researcher could probably tell you all you want to know about them. I think that I saw somewhere that about 200,000 were made but that could be wrong. The action bar will break on these guns, and sub gauge replacements are very hard to find. 12 ga parts are available. Disassembly and reassembly of these guns can be challenging for a novice

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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:31 am 
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The Model 31 Light Weight with the Aeromet receiver was introduced in 12-gauge in the June 10, 1941 Price List, and immediately listed as unavailable due to material shortages. The Light Weight isn't mentioned in the 1942 catalog. The Light Weight with the Aeromet receiver reappears in all three gauges in the Jan 7, 1947 catalog. I doubt anyone alive knows how many were made. I have a 20-gauge with a June 1947 barrel date code in the 557xxx serial number range.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington Model 31
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:01 pm 
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I am assuming that due to its serial number it was one of the last ones built. It's probably quite rare, but then rare and valuable are two different things. I do know it is a pleasure to carry when chasing ptarmigan across tundra and the long sighting plane is also a benefit in open country




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