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 Post subject: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:59 pm 
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Hi

I bought today a Remington 11-87 Special purpose with 5 chokes, green Remington plastic box and manual for 400 bucks. My Dad has a very old 1100 (only 1100 I ever handled), and bought this one to have one similar to his.

Anyway, my question is, what's supposed to be the "Special Purpose" model? I did a search on google, and the ones I found had the black stock and forearm. Mine has wood stock and forearm. Were there two different SPs? Also, the SPs, which extras came with it? I don't know if mine came with everything that was supposed to be included.

The only thing I learned today about 1187s, is that it's and improved 1100 made in 1987. So, any extra info will be appreciated.




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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:36 pm 
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Me & a friend each bought new Rem 1187 "Special Purpose" back in early 1988. (we had to order them from a LGS) They both had "dull" wood stocks/for-ends with matte black recievers & 26" vent rib "Rem Choke" bbls. We were into turkey hunting big time back then & the 1187's killed many a gobbler. I no longer own that scatter-gun & now use 20 gauge bores for turkey.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:52 pm 
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I bought one for my son around 1990 brand new from a friends hardware store. It has a wood stock and fore arm. It is an amazing firearm. Lives thru 30 years of salt water duck hunting; mud and sand; decoy bags piled on top of it; and wet Labrador retrievers anointing it. I have redone the wood using Lin-Speed oil a few times. Its a better gun in that its gas system will not only handle heavy duck loads but also ejects my wimpy 7/8 oz. trap loads. Not all 1100's will do that. Its still going strong. Enjoy it.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:35 pm 
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I have seen 11-87 Special Purpose shotguns with 26" and 28" barrels, birch stocks or plastic stocks, and SP deer guns that had oil finished walnut stocks. All of them had matt finish receivers and barrels.

I always thought the special purpose guns were no frills hunting guns. The Premier model was the high gloss blued gun with nicely finished walnut stocks.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:54 pm 
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Thanks for the info. I continued looking for some info, and I found a few minutes ago that the Model 1100 is being produced along with the 11-87. I thought the 11-87 replaced the 1100.

So, whats the difference between those two models and the newer ones? Why are they still be produced?

My 11-87 looks almost the same as my Dad's 1100. The only difference I saw was the matte finish and no engraving on the 11-87. So, I think there must be something that differs between the 1100 and the 11-87... For me, there's no sense to produce two models that are almost the same. And also other semiauto models.

I tried to find those differences at the Remington's website, but there's nothing about shotgun models. Only ammo.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:56 am 
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First off Remington is currently out of the gun business. They were making 11-87's and 1100's both before shutting down. At the end 11-87's were more matt finished hunting models that would shoot 2 3/4" and 3" or 3.5" shells and 1100's were 2 3/4" high gloss, nicer finished target or sporting guns. There is an almost 60 year history of the 1100 and over a 30 year history of 11-87's. Both guns have evolved with numerous options available thru the years. The 11-87 can shoot 2 3/4" inch or 3" or 3.5" shells interchangeably with it's gas operating system, the 1100 could not. The 11-87 also had a stainless steel magazine tube.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:21 pm 
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Ok. It just didn't make sense for me to have two models that technicaly were almost the same.

I'm more into C&R guns, so I'm not up to date with more modern guns.

Only shotguns that I have that aren't C&R are two Baikal OUs, a Silver Eagle semiauto 20ga and the new to me 11-87.

Any 11-87 part prone to fail? I haven't fired it yet, so I don't know if it works. But it looks good after a good cleaning.


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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:20 pm 
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11-87s are not prone to failure. They are sensitive to ignorant owners, as are most semi autos. Download an owner's manual and read it.
The 11-87 was originally intended to replace the 1100, but the early RemChoke barrels were heavy and the guns lacked the sweet feel many of us were used to. That forever killed that idea. In later years the 11-87s were targeted more at the less expensive less polished "hunting" market and the 1100s were more upscale target shooting market.

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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:54 pm 
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Virginian wrote:
11-87s are not prone to failure. They are sensitive to ignorant owners, as are most semi autos. Download an owner's manual and read it.
The 11-87 was originally intended to replace the 1100, but the early RemChoke barrels were heavy and the guns lacked the sweet feel many of us were used to. That forever killed that idea. In later years the 11-87s were targeted more at the less expensive less polished "hunting" market and the 1100s were more upscale target shooting market.


Now, this make sense. This was the answer I was looking for. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Remington 11-87 Special Purpose
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 10:09 pm 
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Some of the earlier Special Purpose guns (870’s, 1100’s, and 11-87’s) were actually parkerized with the typical greenish gray finish. They were/are highly resistant, but not impervious to rust. I have an 870 and an 1100 mag. with that finish. They are heavy guns though. The later year Special Purpose guns were matte blue without the Parkerized finish......more like an Express.




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