I'm shopping for my first semi-auto and, after going thru the opinions forum, seem to be zeroing in on an 1100 or 11-87. Could some of you guys enlighten me to the differences between the two models? It will be used mostly for quail, some dove and, occasionally, casual trap shooting. I prefer lighter guns and lean towards 16 or 20 gauge. Also, I will be hitting the pawn shops looking for a deal on a used one. Thanks for your input...
I read somewhere that the 11-87 is balanced at the receiver and the 1100 is balanced towards the forearm. The foreward balance is thought to aid in a smooth follow thru on wing shots. Any thoughts on this? I hunt the Arizona low and high deserts. Typical quail hunting here is you find them in the river bottoms, get off a few shots before they fly to the highest hill top they can find (in some cases, mountain). You climb up the the hill, find them, get off a few more shots where upon they fly back to the river bottom. You climb back down the hill and repeat as necessary. Now you know why we like light guns!! It's a great work-out.
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