Remington 1100: A Massively Tough Shotgun

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by Derek Odom

The Remington 1100 has been an extremely popular autoloading hunting and trap shotgun since its introduction in 1963. It has been available in many guises over the years including tactical black and camo, but I'm willing to bet that when most folks think of the 1100, they think of good old classic wood on black. The 1100 is well known to be reliable and massively tough shotgun.

The Remington 1100 is a descendent of the Model 58 and 878 shotguns. In fact, the 1100 set a record in 1978 for the most shells shot out of a semi-auto shotgun without any cleaning whatsoever and without any failures of any kind. That number is a staggering 24,000+ rounds. Although several companies have tried, nobody can best that to this day.

remington-1100-1 The Remington 1100 is a semi-automatic shotgun. (Photo credit: Cowan Auction)

The Remington 1100

Of course, Remington 1100s come in many different variations depending on what the operator needs the shotgun to do. Barrel lengths vary from 18 inches all the way up to 30 inches for long-range accuracy. The 1100 weighs in at 8 pounds, which again will vary slightly depending on barrel length.

It's available in all popular gauges too including 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410. In 1970, a limited matched pair was offered in .410 and 28 gauge, but are very rare finds today.

Breaking the 1100 down for cleaning is super easy, too. Simply unscrew the forearm bolt, slide the forearm off and the barrel detaches. There are a few seals and o-rings in there, which can be a hassle if you don't remember the order in which they come off the gun. Many 1100s have an actual diagram under the forearm depicting seal and o-ring placement. You can get o-rings from Remington, but they cost a little money and are exactly the same as any #21 Viton o-ring you can get at the local hardware store for a few cents. Viton o-rings resist chemicals and are best for use on your 1100.

remington-1100-field-stripped The Remington 1100 field stripped and in the box it comes in. (Photo credit: Cowan Auction)

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