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Remington Model 11 Refurbishing

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by chpullen, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. chpullen

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    I've got a 1920 Remington Model 11 with a 20" barrel that I love. I want to refurbish it and make it into a HD shotgun. I understand it has no real collector's value, so modifying it doesn't seem a problem. Here's what I'm thinking. Please share your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks:

    1. Magazine extension- It has a 4 round magazine and I'd like to add an extension that adds two. Any suggestions? I'd really like a mag. ext. that drops right on, but I don't think they exist. Hope I'm wrong.

    2. Recoil/Friction Ring Replacements Source-I need to replace at least the brass recoil/friction ring. Might as well replace both it and the steel ring. Any suggestions for a parts source?

    3. Refinish Receiver-All bluing is gone fron the receiver and it ain't pretty. I'd like a durable, easy to apply finish that mimiics dark bluing pretty well because the barrel finish still looks okay. Any suggestions?

    4. Gunsmith-This gun runs okay, but it is pushing 100 years old. Anyone know of a gunsmith that is familiar with these nice old guns that could give it a thorough once-over and fix problems if any are found?


    Thanks for any thoughts. Plus, I'd like to hear anything about these guns you might like to share. Thanks.
     
  2. Bullman

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    Okay, I am in the same boat as you, I have had a Remington model 11 project working for quite a while now.

    1. I don't know of anyone that makes a ready to go extension for the model 11. I am told that an 870 extension will thread on, but the length is the issue here. It has to go on far enough to get everything tightened up the way it should be. I found a source that can set you up with an extension like this, http://fortmoe.com/ , He machines out a wilson combat two shot extension to work for your gun. It will be expensive, but it will work like it is supposed to.

    2. Friction ring. if you can't find one for a Model 11, fear not because the Browning A5 friction piece and friction spring are the same so just make sure you get the gauge right. Brownells, Midway, Numrich should all have it.

    3 refinishing. Just be aware there is a micarta buffer in the Model 11 at the back of the receiver that the Browning and Savage guns do not have. If you have the gun hot blued and this buffer is not replaced, you could have slam fire issues possibly. I got this information off the AGI armorers video I got to try and learn a little bit more about them. Again, the fort moe guy seems to know his way around these guns, which when you get to number 4 will be an answer. There is also a place in Missouri I think that works on Auto 5s that should be able to take care of all your model 11 worries. I found a local gunsmith that was into the AGI videos that was able to get mine running again, it had some feeding issues and wouldn't work and he got it running again so he will be getting more of my business.
     

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    I built my Savage 720 myself and bought a new mag tube and had it welded up and rethreaded. They fire very fast and mine has held up well.
     
  5. Bullman

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    On mine, I bought a synthetic stock for an A5 from Bell and Carlsons, and then engineered it a bit to fit on my 11. I recently got a barrel off Ebay so I wouldn't have to cut my original 30 incher down. Next stop is the mag extension.

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    I have it now to where I can switch it back to the wood, and the 30 inch full choke bird gun configuration.
     
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  6. MrMurphy

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    You're unlikely to find a mag extension, but parkerized or ion bonded with a synthetic stock it'd make a nice piece. I knew a guy who had an Auto-5 that cracked a stock, he used the synthetic replacement and a second (short) barrel and set it up as a cabin bear gun for his wife when he fished in Alaska.
     
  7. chpullen

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    Good info. Thanks. I have read that an 870 extension will work if you add a 1/4 inch or so spacer. I'm going to give that a try.
     
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    How did this work out for you?

    I have found I have troubles of a different sort. The extra barrel I bought off of flea bay had a different barrel extension from the 40s or 50s than my early 20s barrel. My original barrel works, the newer one doesn't want to cycle so I guess I am going back to the gunsmith. It would be so much easier if I didn't want to make this able to revert back to stock, but.....

    sometimes I wonder if I should even bother.