remington 11-87 review

Remington 11-87 Review: Everything You Want To Know About

Remington 11-87 is doubtlessly a favorite for all skeet and field shooters across the globe.

A product of Remington Arms, the incredibly headstrong and versatile shotgun debuted in 1987, as an improvement of the earlier famous 1100 model that hit the market over 50 years ago.

Below, I want to share with you some crucial details you need to know about this shotgun before you can start using it.

Remington 11-87 Field Specs

Let’s begin with a roundup of specs that come with this gun…

Action: gas-operated; semi-automatic

Gauge/Bore: 3” 12- and 20-gauge

Mag Capacity: 4

Barrel Type: Vent Rib Rem Choke Mod

Barrel Length: 28” for 12 gauge; 26” for 20 gauge

Sights: dual beads

Receiver Finish: matte blue

Overall Length: 48½” for 12 gauge; 46” for 20-gauge

Length of Pull: 14”

Weight: 6.13 pounds (20-gauge); 8.4 pounds (12-gauge)

Drop (Comb): 1 1/2"

Drop (Heel): 2 1/2"


The elegance that comes with Remington 11-87 speaks for itself, right from the word go. The gun features a gorgeous, American satin-finish walnut stock plus a forend with fleur-di-lis checkering.

To take the elegance to an even higher level, it also comes with gold plated trigger and nickel plated bolt which perfectly blends with (and accents) the receiver and barrel satin sheen.

To top it all, both gauge versions (3” 12- and 20-gauge) come with ventilated rib, twin bead sights, and a simple one-piece, two pin trigger group. They both feature single choke tube that’s fully modified.

Don’t forget they come with the Remmie’s R logo that’s carefully laser-engraved on the grip cap of the weapon.

As you can see, this gun is the same as the 1100 model, with the only exception being the nickel plated bolt and gold plated trigger.

Operating Mechanism

Just like its earlier version, Remington 11-87 is a gas operated semi-automatic loader which comes with (in my own opinion), an elemental design.

Being a gas operated model, you’ll agree with me that it presents you with low recoil which enables you to fire countless times without any setbacks.

The gas operating system- or operational innards, if you like- for the 12 gauge version comprises a barrel mounted gas cylinder as well as a separate gas collar. Riding the magazine tube or rounding out the assembly is made possible by the included barrel seal (usually referred to as the familiar Remington O-ring) and gas piston.

It’s also worth noting the 20 gauge model also comes with thin-walled barrel seal activator on top of the O-ring and twin pistons.

You also can’t help noting the skeletonized action bar assembly in the 20 gauge model; the component that moves fore or aft on your gun magazine tube, and upon which the shotgun blot rides.

Ease of Use

The short length that comes with this gun makes it extremely easy to manipulate and use- whether you’re shooting targets or loading shells.

Statured shooters of both genders- men and women- will find this Remmie a genuinely reliable shotgun that will take their shooting experience to a whole new level.

New shooters would also have an easy time using this beauty for their shooting practices, given its uncomplicated structure and operation.


Remington, the manufacturer of this classic firearm, describes it as an all-season model that answers your call with a lethal blend of smooth operation, reliability, and speed!

Judging from what many shooters have said about this gun, it’s safe to say that it has an admirable performance that matches the owner description. It will digest thousands of rounds for you while holding up to the abuse of various conditions and environments.

Its shot barrel size facilitates comfortable carry for hunters through the dense woods. The open sight gives you after target acquisition on a moving game. And the gas-powered, auto-loading option facilitates follow-up shots where necessary.

Just like any other firearm, however, you expect some minor mechanical glitches as you continue using this shotgun; these shouldn’t significantly affect the performance of this gun though.

All the above teams up to provide you with unrivaled reliability and admirable performance that has made the gun a standout right from the first day it was introduced into the market.

Ease of Maintenance

Let’s give credit where it’s due…

The decision by Remington to replace the two-piece position seal unit to one-piece unit improved not only the design of this gun but also simplifies its routine maintenance.

This has also helped carry on the great legacy of Remington of keeping the internal of their firearms simple.

When cleaning your gun, which is the critical maintenance process, you’ll simply need to remove the gas cylinder as well as piston seal assembly (except for the O-ring and barrel) which is straightforward and simple.

And after giving it a thorough clean, reassembling it will take you a few minutes only.


Can you guess the cost of this shotgun?

Given all the great features and capabilities it comes with, you’d think that this shotgun comes at high prices compared to all the other shotguns on the market today.

Surprisingly, it sells at around $845; this is an average cost in the shotguns world. And it’s also quite acceptable given the gun will last for generations and generation to comes, with easy maintenance.

While still on it, you might get a secondhand model at a slightly lower price of around $500.

While this might sound cheaper, I won’t advise you to always go for it, as the older model might have gone extreme abuse, in addition to firing thousands of shots.


  • Easy mounting
  • Easy to use
  • Incredibly versatile
  • Classic design
  • Affordable
  • thumbs-up
    Excellent, long-lasting performance


  • Might feel a bit heavier for some shooters

Final Word

Overall, Remington 11-87 is a highly flexible shotgun that allows you to use it in different occasions- like clays, meadow or highland hunting- without compromising its exceptional performance, reliability, and ease of use.

It comes with classic looks makes you shoot in confidence, and its simplified internal structure means it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.

Isn’t this a shotgun you’d want to add to your collection?

2 thoughts on “Remington 11-87 Review: Everything You Want To Know About”

  1. I can not load my 11-87. It wants to throw the shell out on the floor. It seems that there is a lever that lets the shell ride up into the chamber is sticking a bit and holds the shell back in the shell chamber. When I pull the lever down I notice a catch in it .
    There goes my first day of hunting season. The gun worked well last year and I got my deer with it no problem. Now what can I do to correct this problem and has any one else have such a problem.

  2. I am looking for a front hand grip for an 11-87 field model with a short magazine tube. Any help would be appreciated! Happy Holidays!

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