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Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby rcase1234 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:09 pm

I just got a new 1100 this year and would like to duck hunt with it a few times. I have a dedicated duck pump gun but I like to switch it up and would like to try this cause its my first new semi. Should I use it? It is 2.75" only
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby Specklebelly » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:12 pm

Absolutely. I used one for years until I went to my 3" models.

Just be more selective on your shots with 2 3/4.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby Baymen Moe » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:14 pm

Use it. I've been shooting a 2.75 1100 since 1980 or so.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby rcase1234 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:22 pm

Thanks for the replies. I do have a box of 1400 FPS #2 steel loads in 2.75" I will try the 2013-2014 season.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby GunnerNYS » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:28 pm

The 1100 is my favorite duck gun ......the ducks dont like it so much tho :lol3:
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby MinnesotaDan » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:21 pm

I used an older 1100 for two years in high school. It was only 2 3/4 but that didn't stop me from killing a thing. I had to baby it because it was in really nice condition and I always kept it super clean so I never had a single malfunction. They are usable without a doubt, but its not a gun I would feel comfortable seeing propped up in a canoe.

I had a box of 2 3/4" Wolf steel BB's and man my buddies back then gave me a ton of crap saying those junk shells are too short and couldn't kill a thing. 4 geese on two doubles later they weren't saying a thing. Probably the only time I actually shut my buddies up.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby sn8ketr » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:51 pm

I used one for years and killed a lot of ducks. You had to keep it clean and keep a spare o Ring.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby Yuchi1 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:38 pm

rcase1234 wrote:I just got a new 1100 this year and would like to duck hunt with it a few times. I have a dedicated duck pump gun but I like to switch it up and would like to try this cause its my first new semi. Should I use it? It is 2.75" only



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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby mudpack » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:24 am

You can buy steel 1 1/4oz loads in 2 3/4" shells. I've klled a lot of ducks and geese with these loads. Use the gun.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby Rick Hall » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:50 am

Add me to the "Go for it." column. When my 20's loaned out and I find myself using a 12 for ducks, it's always 2 3/4" shells (through a 3 1/2" gun).
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby MarkM » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:13 am

Check your choke too!
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby mauserfan » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:27 am

Try the 1-1/8 oz. Drylok in #2 with an IC or LM choke. Excellent in the Remington barrels. As far as the 1100 goes, it is a gun that will last three lifetimes in the hands of a person that understands how critical maintenance is with anything metallurgical. Have fun. :thumbsup:
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby ajmorell » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:30 am

Yep, I use a late 70's era 1100 passed down to me from my grandfather, it shares hunting duty with my Win SX2
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby GOTDUCKS? » Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:41 am

Yup, I use mine all the time. No problems with the 2 3/4 shell's at all. I bought a 3" steel shot barrel for it so I wouldn't tear up the fixed mod though.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby shoveler_shooter » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:48 pm

I used an 1100 for one season. Nothing wrong with them, I am just more of a pump guy and personal preferences led me to something else. One thing I hated/hate about 1100s is the button safety mechanism under the loading gate. Have to have one hand holding it down and the other hand to load, or push it in with the brass of the shell. Don't know about anyone else but IMO it's a pain in the rear.
As far a 2 3/4" goes, they do not have much of a noticeable disadvantage compared to 3". Maybe for lettered shot sizes, but #1 and smaller there won't be much of a difference.
I buy 3" only because the same shells in 2 3/4" aren't any cheaper.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby dfrauenkron » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:46 pm

My dad hunts with his 1100 all the time. Go for it, my first shell down the pipe is always a 2 3/4" shell, and if birds are decoying well that's all I shoot.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby rcase1234 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:09 pm

Thanks for the help everyone. I do need a new barrel for it though cause I only have the Target Contiur barrel made for 1 1/8 oz loads and smaller
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby tbarto » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:37 am

Question. I have one that I bought in the mid 80's with fixed chokes. I have a 28" Mod and a 30" Full. How would these barrels hold up to steel shot? Don't want to mess up the barrel. Thanks.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby ajmorell » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:06 am

My dad and grandfather both shot steel through their fixed full 28" barrels for years without any issues. My cousin shot steel through his and ended up blowing the end of the barrel out. I would use the mod barrel over the full myself, and stick to #2 or smaller shot.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby MarkM » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:05 am

ajmorell wrote:My dad and grandfather both shot steel through their fixed full 28" barrels for years without any issues. My cousin shot steel through his and ended up blowing the end of the barrel out. I would use the mod barrel over the full myself, and stick to #2 or smaller shot.



This. It will eventually change your restrictions on the barrel from a full to who knows what, and that is the best case scenario.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby Jon Bergren » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:57 am

I have two 1100's both with add on 3" barrels as well as Hastings Barrels. Jon.
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby aunt betty » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:00 am

ajmorell wrote:My dad and grandfather both shot steel through their fixed full 28" barrels for years without any issues. My cousin shot steel through his and ended up blowing the end of the barrel out. I would use the mod barrel over the full myself, and stick to #2 or smaller shot.
I have shotguns from the mid-80's as well. I forget which year they started the lead-ban but it was around the mid-80's. Want to say '86. Correct if wrong.
Been shooting steel through my 870's and haven't noticed any problems. It's safe if that's what you're asking.

I have a Wingmaster from the mid-70's that's seen a lot of steel. Not a problem with that one as well.
My father and I both shot steel through 1100's in the mid-80's. Those guns got sold. Wish he would have gave me one. :wink:
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby bigrobbierob » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:34 am

Hell while we are asking questions I got a mid-70's 20ga 1100 with the fullsize receiver. Fixed choke barrels MOD and SKEET. Safe to run steel in this bad boy?
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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby MarkM » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:27 pm

bigrobbierob wrote:Hell while we are asking questions I got a mid-70's 20ga 1100 with the fullsize receiver. Fixed choke barrels MOD and SKEET. Safe to run steel in this bad boy?


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Re: Anyone use an 1100 for duck hunting?

Postby Bug Doc » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:51 am

shoveler_shooter wrote:I used an 1100 for one season. Nothing wrong with them, I am just more of a pump guy and personal preferences led me to something else. One thing I hated/hate about 1100s is the button safety mechanism under the loading gate. Have to have one hand holding it down and the other hand to load, or push it in with the brass of the shell. Don't know about anyone else but IMO it's a pain in the rear.


If you use the nose of the shell to depress the button when loading it's not a problem at all. It just needs a slightly different technique.

Back to the original post, my father and I have used 1100's for the vast majority of our hunting since 1963 (him) and 1977 (me). Keep 'em clean, lightly lubed (or dry in very cold conditions), and they'll kill birds with the best of them. It's kinda fun shooting birds with a 50 year-old gun. :yes:
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