To summarize, my question is: Should the two legs of the link be connected (welded together etc) at the rear where they enter the recoil tube - or should they be free and seperate?
Today my brother and I went to the range and patterned his new 11-87 LH. All told there were 6 or 7 goose loads and about 4 boxes of Remington Game Loads shot through it. No failures at all; very pleased so far with this gun. Upon returning from the range this evening, we broke down the guns and cleaned them. Barrel and rings off, action bars and bolt removed, then all wiped down. We did not drop the trigger group. I was surprised when I tried to put the action bars and the bolt back in, the link seemed to be blocking the bolt travel. Eventually we got the bolt in without forcing it, but the bolt would not travel any further rearward. We then removed the bolt again, dropped the trigger group out, and found the link was not properly in place. It was off the track it slides on, and the rear of the link was not in the recoil tube. I was able to manipulate it back into its proper position by sqeezing the legs together, and the gun was reassembled properly. However I am not sure what to think about this occurance. I have had the 20 ga. Rem autos we have apart often and have never seen a link fall out of place.
This is the first time I have seen an 1100/1187 link out. I just want to confirm that it is not broken. I should have snapped a pic of it but I did not. So I will have to describe it. On page 22 of the Rem Manual, there is a parts diagram, and the link is Part 56, Link. The front half of the link is a guide to engage the rails the link slides on. In the rear, the two "legs" of the link bow together and at the end of the two legs are some rounded half nubs to better mate with the interior of the recoil tube. These legs however are seperated - not constrained by either a ring around the nubs, or a weld bonding them together. I just want to confirm that this is correct. The pic on the parts diagram shows the same link, but shows the legs squeezed together... To me this link looks fine, but right away my brother thought it was broken! He might be right, so I figured I would post to make sure... Should the two legs of the link be connected (welded together etc) at the rear where they enter the recoil tube - or should they be free and seperate as this link is?
I figured I would ask here if it is broken, before trying to check the links on the 20 gauges and end up breaking them....Thanks for any help.