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1100 barrels in both 2 3/4 and 3 inch magnum?

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  1. OkOk

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    does any know if a 1100 3 inch magnum remington with 30 inch barrel can be refitted with an 1100 barrel for a 2 3/4 only, and will the shells ejected and recylce the 2nd shot normally. Now the magnum 3 inch barrel will eject and recycle the 3 inch shells just fine, however, the 2 3/4 shells will eject fine but will not recycle the second shot.
     
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    This is why 3" magnum 1100s are favored...you use the 3" chambered barrel for turkeys, ducks, geese with 3" or 2 3/4" MAGNUM loads - high velocity or light loads won't cycle; then put on your 2 3/4" chambered modified, imp cyl, or skeet barrel and shoot trap or light loads. Keep the mag tube lubed with Break-Free CLP (shoot slightly "wet") wipe down with a clean paper towel and re-lube every few hundred rounds and enjoy. Note that in the barrel hanger gas chamber the 3" magnum barrel should have only one gas hole; the 2 3/4" barrels have 2. Best Regards, Ed
     
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    Your 3" has one gas hole and a solid action sleeve. Your 2 3/4" barrel has two gas holes and will most of the time cycle light loads. To make sure it will you should replace the action sleeve with a regular one. These have some of the steel around the outside removed to make them lighter. They are easy to change and if you want to shoot 3" shells again you just change action sleeve and barrel.
     
  5. craby boy

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    Remington says no and would not sell a 3" barrel to an owner of a 23/4 reciever.

    Crabby
     
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    Actually Crabby is wrong. Remington marketed 3 inch chambered barrels for shooting steel in a 2 3/4 action. The pressure curve for steel ammo is different than normal lead shot ammo. Remington's instructions stated not to use 3 inch lead loads in such a combo, however.

    As to whether a 2 3/4 load will cycle in a 3 inch chamber, the answer is an absolute maybe. I've had some that would reliably function. I have also had some that would not, unless the 2 3/4 was a short magnum round. For those guns that did not function with target loads, the best answer is a spare barrel with a 2 3/4 inch chamber. Of course, this isue of 2 3/4 shells in 3 inch chambers is why the 11-87 was developed with its gas bleed valve.

    Quote from Remington: •1100 Steel Shot Barrels includes a Full choke and is designed for use with 2-3/4" or 3" Magnum steel or lead loads when used on Magnum receivers and 2-3/4" or 3" Magnum steel or 2-3/4" lead shotshells when used on non-magnum receivers
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

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    2-3/4" HEAVY field loads will cycle in a 3" magnum barrel. Lighter upland and small game loads generally will not.

    The problem with installing a 3" barrel on a 2-3/4" receiver is that with heavy loads the bolt velocity will be too high. The ONLY differences between a magnum 1100 and a standard 1100 is the magnum has a much heavier action sleeve, plus the receiver is marked "Magnum". The action sleeve is the hollow cylinder that moves up and down outside of the magazine tube.

    On the other hand, the heavier action sleeve has little effect on the 2-2/3" barrel except for sometimes the very lightest of loads. One of the softest trap guns ever is an 1100 Magnum with a trap barrel. Why Remington just did not make all 1100 12ga receivers magnums I don't know. It would have prevented a lot of confusion.

    What Bob says about the special 3" steel shot barrel being used on a 2-3/4" action is correct. Remington specifically designed this 3" barrel for that specific purpose. Use of 3" lead loads in this barrel creates too much bolt velocity.

    But back to the original question.... Can a 2-3/4" barrel be installed and function on a 3" magnum receiver? Yes, it can.
     
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