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 Posted 5/17/2014 5:03:28 PM
 

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So I've got a older Remington Model 1100 12 Gauge and its old as in like 1974-1980 somewhere in that time frame. Anyway I am new to duck hunting all together and I plan to use this gun, but I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on if this gun will be a good one to use or should I just go get a new gun? It's in really good condition, I skeet shoot with it a lot and dove hunt. But I've heard it might not be safe to shoot waterfowl load with it, but please help me out thank you.

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 Posted 5/17/2014 11:37:53 PM
 

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With todays modern loads (particularly wad cups) that protect the inside barrel from scoring, you should be perfectly fine. One issue may be the choke (constriction) of your barrel; if you are choked FULL it is recommended to not shoot any size larger than 4, maybe 3s if you want to push it. The 1100 is a fantastic gun and was an industry leader for quite some time, carry it, shoot it and be proud of it.   

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 Posted 5/18/2014 11:21:26 AM
 

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Okay I see what you're saying, it says on the barrel for 2 3/4 shells, I've never tried anything else other than that, and I think my choke is full because I can only have 3 in at a time, (1 in the chamber 2 not) and most of my friends tell me that it's a lot better to use 3" shells when duck hunting, but what do you think about that? Thank you for helping me.
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 Posted 5/18/2014 6:04:31 PM
 

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Hmmm, well lets start with the 2 3/4' shells. Anytime a barrel states what length of shell it is chambered for, you can shoot that size shell and shorter, but never any shells longer than that. We're talking shell length here, not gauge of shell just to be clear. With your 1100, you are restricted to nothing longer than 2 3/4' shells, 3'' shells in your gun will only cause jams and stovepiping due to the fact that your gun is not chambered for that length. 2 3/4'' shells are very adequate for killing ducks so long as you are attempting to shoot them within a reasonable range, say no more than 35-40 yards. Now to your choke designation! The choke of your barrel is the amount of constriction at the muzzle (where the shot comes out, it has no relation to the number of shells your magazine will hold). Shot size (or pellet size) is important with a fixed choke (not screw in chokes, but a permanent factory constriction) because larger steel pellets will deform and destroy the muzzle end of your barrel. Finally, what determines the number of shells your gun will hold, depends on your magazine plug. Depending on the plug or the gun itself,  you can hold 4-5 shells in the mag plus one in the chamber. I would recommend leaving your magazine plug alone as federal law states that it must be in place when hunting  waterfowl, so you might as well get used to the 3 shot rule. :) Hope this helps!           

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 Posted 5/18/2014 8:34:58 PM
 

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Thank you so much that explains it all! You're awesome! :)
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 Posted 5/19/2014 6:26:56 PM
 

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Youre welcome! Feel free to ask questions in the future, me or someone else will be happy to help.

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 Posted 5/20/2014 8:39:15 AM
 

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Like Fannel said, be careful a lot of Remington 1100's have a 3" chamber but the barrel handles only 2 3/4 shells ( Mine is this way) so only shoot 2 3/4 even tho the 3" will fit. 
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