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 Post subject: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:38 pm 
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I’ve looked this up and posted about it but forgot where it was.

I have a Remington 1100 with a magnum receiver. It has a fixed mod 30 inch barrel.


What do I need to do to make it reliably cycle 2 3/4 loads? ( I’ve never actually tried to shoot them this is all I read though.) I would love a 28 inch barrel with chokes.

Can I purchase a barrel to shoot 2 3/4 and 3 inch reliably? That has chokes ?




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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:49 pm 
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Any 2-3/4" 1100 barrel will fit and work. Do not shoot heavy loads without keeping a watch on the buffer unless you change the action sleeve to a standard one.

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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:59 pm 
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Then change it back when shooting 3 inch?


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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:34 pm 
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Yes. There is zero difference between the standard and Magnum receivers.

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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:27 pm 
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Is the barrel a mag or 2 3/4? If it is a magnum, it will not shoot light loads due to the single small gas port. The 2 3/4inch barrels have twin ports and I “think” they are larger diameter, which allows more gas to cycle the action.


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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:13 am 
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Don't remember where I got this but it seems accurate based on guns I've checked.

Remington 1100 gas ports


for reference, skeet ports are supposed to be 0.086", and a standard 1100 field or trap ports are supposed to be 0.079". Magnum should be 0.073".

Note that standard field and skeet guns have two ports, magnum guns only have one port.


My wife has a LT20 magnum with 28" barrel she no longer uses for hunting and wanted to use it for sporting clays, with the single port it would not function reliably with target loads
I opened up the single port to .093 and it now operates fine with target ammo, I would not use it to shoot magnum loads.

Modify your barrel at your own risk.


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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:03 pm 
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So if I put a 2 3/4 , 3 inch light contour with rem choke 1100 barrel on it , it should cycle both with no issue?


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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:44 pm 
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fadetoblack188 wrote:
So if I put a 2 3/4 , 3 inch light contour with rem choke 1100 barrel on it , it should cycle both with no issue?


It would have to be an 11-87 barrel to shoot both 2 3/4 and 3 inch. 1100 barrels are one or the other. 11-87 barrels have a gas metering feature.

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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:40 am 
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There is no "Light Contour" 1100 barrel with a 3" chamber. As Bobcat noted that's 11-87 territory.

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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
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Not quite true that magnum barrels are three inch only. In the old days of lead shot for ducks and geese, they were advertised to shoot 2 3/4 magnum or 3 inch magnum shells. Even now some magnum guns with the magnum barrels will cycle with some of the hot and fast sporting clays ammo. And sometimes even with 2 3/4 barrels there will be some 1100 magnums that have trouble with lighter loads


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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:32 pm 
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I have had Magnum 1100s that would cycle 1-1/8 ounce lead loads (12 Ga). I have also had Magnums that would Not cycle anything less than 1-3/8 quite warm loads. I have never had a 20 gauge Magnum that would cycle anything less than 1-1/8 ounce Magnum loads.
There is no guideline. They either will or they won't.

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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:46 pm 
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A friend of mine has a 3" 1100 which will run reliably with 1 1/8 oz 1300 fps Remington Nitro Sporting Clays. It short strokes less potent loads. Bottom line - try a combo to see if it will work.

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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
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My 11-87 Turkey gun was sold like a 1100 Magnum with 2 3/4 mag or 3 inch mag shell requirements. It too will shoot the 1,300 Nitro loads and usually the 1,250 win sporting clays and some of the Academy Monark loads. It works perfect on light loads with a regular `11-87 barrel


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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:43 am 
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Tulsey wrote:
My 11-87 Turkey gun was sold like a 1100 Magnum with 2 3/4 mag or 3 inch mag shell requirements. It too will shoot the 1,300 Nitro loads and usually the 1,250 win sporting clays and some of the Academy Monark loads. It works perfect on light loads with a regular `11-87 barrel


That is because the 3" 11-87 12 ga turkey and slug barrels have smaller gas ports than the 26", 28", and 30" bird barrels. The longer barrels also have vent holes in the gas cylinder and the gas cylinder spring. The turkey and slug barrels do not have the vent holes in the gas cylinder or the gas cylinder spring.

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 Post subject: Re: 1100 magnum and light loads
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 3:05 pm 
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Absolutely correct on the 11-87 turkey vs regular 11-87. I have a 11-87 skeet barrel for my Turkey gun and when I use that barrel it will shoot light skeet loads just fine,




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