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Help identify this 1100

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by musky, Apr 26, 2013.

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  1. musky

    musky TS Member

    Jul 24, 2009
    Can anyone tell me what this is. The gun barrel says LT20 ga but the one i have and the others i have seen all had engraving or the letters lt20 on the receiver. This gun has a 25 inch ventrib barrel with a white end beed and a silver mid beed and has screw in chokes. The receiver only has remington 1100 in small letters and the serial number which is R014640K. Am i reading it correct at 14 thousand. If any one can help it will be appreciated. Thanks from Larry.




  2. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    It is a Remington 20 gauge 1100LT. Does it have Remchokes or aftermarket chokes? Does the barrel have a choke constriction stamped on it? Most field grade 1100s didn't have a midbead. Makes me wonder if it was added later, or if it is a skeet barrel that has been tubed. Other than that, it isn't unusual, but desireable as a popular gun for hunting, women, and youth, because of it's light weight and low recoil. Mark
  3. mag410

    mag410 Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    NE Mississippi
    It is one of the newer generation 1100 LT20's. Cut checkering, plain receiver, screw chokes and 1187 style magazine cap.

  4. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    First, the serial number is useless for dating these guns. All the serial number will do is tell you what model the receiver is. It's the barrel markings that count, and if your barrel is not original to the gun, it's impossible to accurately date it. Despite that, it is possible to get a fairly close idea of the time frame.

    The LT-20 came out in 1977, replacing both the LW-20 and the standard 1100 20ga (built on a 12ga frame and dropped in 1978). The stocks on the 1977 LT-20 were made from mahogany, changed to walnut in 1978. The checkering was embossed.

    Rem Chokes came out in 1986 for 21, 26 & 28 inch vent rib barrels.

    Ivory beads were added in 1989. All LT-20 vent rib barrels now have Rem Chokes, so it may be possible that initially the 23" barrels lacked them.

    Also in 1989 stamped checkering was replaced by cut checkering.

    There was a period in late 1980s to early 1990s when Remington switched from the heavy "engraving" to a light engraving with delicate scrolls. During this transition time many guns were made without any "engraving".

    The LT-20 designation was used on some LT-20 guns and not others. For example, in 1991 the model LT-20 Youth Gun was changed to the 1100 Youth Gun. At that time Remington briefly dropped the LT-20 stamping on the youth guns, and may have on all of their LT-20s for a while. Some of these guns never had LT-20 markings, like some of the Special Field models with shorter barrels and English stocks.

    The current LT-20 lacks any receiver "engraving", but the receiver is marked Sporting 20. This model came out in 1998. During this time there were various LT-20 field guns and youth guns made, but they had LT-20 or LT-20 Magnum markings along with the light roll "engraving".

    Note also that Remington made a 20ga 1187, and it eventually replaced the field and youth 1100 LT-20 models. For one or two years of production Remington called it the 1187 LT-20. The 1100 Sporting 20 was still made.

    Also note that the 1187 20ga does not use the 1187 12ga style internally toothed mag tube cap. Instead it uses the 1100 style ball detent in the forend. I'm not sure when the change was made, but I believe 1100 LT-20 was switched from the 1100 style cap to the 1187 style. The difference is that the 1100 cap has straight grooves in it while the 1187 cap has a knurled pattern.

    Also note that while the 20ga buttstocks will readily interchange between the 1100 LT-20 and the 1187 20ga, the wood forends absolutely will not. (The synthetic ones will as they are designed to be universal.)

    So based on your photos, I believe your gun was made circa 1991 but probably no later than 1993. The stocks and barrel have a good chance of being original to the gun. If that's the case, then the barrel date code may give an accurate date.

    The barrel date code is usually hidden by the forend. For the production time line of the LT-20 it will have two letters. The first represents the year. The second represents the month.

    Year codes

    O - 1977<br>
    Q - 1978<br>
    V - 1979<br>
    A - 1980<br>
    B - 1981<br>
    C - 1982<br>
    D - 1983<br>
    E - 1984<br>
    F - 1985<br>
    G - 1986<br>
    H - 1987<br>
    I - 1988<br>
    J - 1989<br>
    K - 1990<br>
    L - 1991<br>
    M - 1992<br>
    N - 1993<br>
    O - 1994<br>
    P - 1995<br>
    Q - 1996<br>
    R - 1997<br>
    S - 1998<br>
    T - 1999 (*)<br>
    U - 2000 (*)<br>
    V - 2001 (*)<br>
    W - 2002<br>
    X - 2003<br>
    Y - 2004<br>
    Z - 2005<br>
    A - 2006<br>
    B - 2007<br>
    C - 2008<br>
    D - 2009<br>
    E - 2010<br>
    F - 2011<br>
    G - 2012<br>
    (*) Remington did not stamp the barrels in these years. Only the end flap of the shipping carton had the date code.)

    Month codes

    B - L - A - C - K - P - O - W - D - E - R - X

    B = Jan<br>
    X = Dec

    Take a look at your barrel and see if the first letter of the date code falls within K through N (1990 through 1993). If the barrel is original that's the year I would roughly date the gun to.
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