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Hello!

Recently, I sold my 870 and bought an 1100 3" mag to be my truck gun (hunting gun) and thought of using it as a backup for my K32.

Well, impulse buys are a vice of mine, so I picked up this gun before learning that they won't eject 90% of 2 3/4" trap loads...Just never crossed my mind. Anyways, I have a line on an 1187 mag (which I assume ejects BOTH?)

But, it'll cost me 50-100 in FFL's/shipping after selling my gun and buying the 1187.

How many of you have drilled out the necessary second hole in your barrel? How much did it cost to have done, tapped, and a set screw put in place?

I'm just trying to see which method would be more cost effective...new gun or some gunsmithing.

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Sam
 

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Dear Sam, I did one a few years ago for a close friend with a 1100 3 inch mag. barrel. DO NOT TRY THIS without knowledge of drilling small heat treated holes! the burr raised on the inside of the barrel required some innovative tools & a lot of patience in order to remove it! The hole was ENLARGED a few thousandths at a time until The weapon would eject std 1 1/8 oz. Trap Loads. A good smith can do this for you. do not use 3 inch shells in this barrel after this! damage can occur or worse!....Jet Boat Bill
 

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Did you consider sending it to Remington along with a letter stateing the problem? Probably just cost you the shipping up there and it would be done right whatever the problem is. Just a thought.
 

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I did it, found a drill bit the same size as a trap 1100. Drilled it out on same angle.. took a dowel cut it off on an angle, rubbed the inside of the barrel where the hole came thru with 220 sand paper pushed by the dowel. Worked fine. But I am used to cobbling things up from working around the farm. And my machinist friends friends say I am lucky. My advice would be to get another barrel before you break the bit off in the barrel and have to pay an EDM bill; and then pay to have it redrilled.
 

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The hole in a Magnum is in the center, 2 holws in a standard barrel are located differently.

So at any rate you would have one centered hole and one off to the side. I agree about the burrs, etc. Big PITA

I have done the broken bit thing. Buy a barrel.

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Damn, thanks guys.

I wonder if a smith around here would do it. But, it seems like for the $100 it might cost me, it's worth it just to go to the 1187.

That's what I get for the impulse buy I guess!

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That would be fantastic, let me know please!

P.S. Will the 1187's eject 2 3/4" sporting loads? I should mention that the 1100 mag will SOMETIMES eject Federal's cheap field loads (when it feels like it) but not even close with my reloads.

Thanks again,

Sam
 

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Gander Mountain's gunsmith shop was doing them for $60.00 plus shipping last year. A local trapshooter/machinist did mine and dead centered the hole better than some Remingtons I own. Did not tap for a plug though.
 

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Eee-gads - STOP!!!

Before you ruin a fine barrel unnecessarily!

Go and buy a used 2-3/4" bbl from a bargain bucket somewhere in the corner of a gun store and your dilemma is solved.

Why is it the FIRST thing new 1100 owners think of is what drill bit to use to F#$% up a totally fine gun and barrel????
 

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Hi,

To shot trap who cares if it does not eject.

Mine ejects all my hunting loads. Just load a heavy target load and if it is cleaned and the spring is good it will eject.

Take care,

Jim
 

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I realize it would be easier to grab a new barrel, however, I can't afford another $150 for a barrel.

It's annoying having to grab the charge handle and rack the bolt each time for several rounds.

I'm not sure how drilling and tapping a hole is f&%*ing up anything? Remington had the same idea, and it's called an 1187. I wanted a truck gun AND a backup gun in the same one. If I can't drill the hole, I'll just sell the damn thing.

Thanks to those of you who shared their experiences and gave a real response.
 

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Sam (ATA Noobie),
You mentioned in your first post that your other option was buying a "1187 mag" ( I am assuming you are talking about field guns like the Premier. That gun is not designed for target loads either. Most all of my 1187 mags have had no problems with 1 1/8 oz off the shelf target loads but the gun is designed for 3" and 2 3/4 inch field loads. I had one barrel that I opened up the ports to shot light target loads exclusively.
The target specific 100/1187 barrels are not pressure compensated like the field 1187 are and they have larger ports to allow for lighter loads to cycle. They are for target loads only.
 

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biggreen, thank you, that was some well explained info.

oleww, my barrel is a 26" remchoke 3" 1100 MAG barrel.

I would say 90% of my shooting is 2 3/4" shells. I mostly hunt ducks and pheasant, but I do goose hunt when I can afford it, which requires the use of 3" shells.

Mostly I wanted a gun I could use for hunting/shooting clays off a hand thrower without bringing out the K-gun. I had an 870 that did the job...guess I shoulda kept it.
 
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