Heavy Remington 1100 20 Gauge


I have a Remington 20 gauge 1100 that I use to shoot skeet. I is many years old (at least 30) and, as I understand it, it was built on a 12 gauge frame. I really like the feel of the 20 gauge semi-auto on the 12 gauge frame, because the gun feels nice and heavy (i.e. good for skeet) and has virtually no felt-recoil. I can also shoot this gun competitively in both 12 and 20 gauge events.

It is my understanding that the new Remington 20 gauge 1100’s are built on a whippier 20 ga frame. Are you aware of any 20 gauge semi-auto (skeet) guns that are being built on 12 gauge frames? When my 1100 eventually kicks the bucket, I would like to replace it with something similar.

Thanks for your help.


Dear Rob,

Aha! You have one of the most highly regarded 1100 20 gauge target guns. Hang on to it. I don’t know of anyone currently making a well-established target grade 20 ga auto on a 12 ga frame.

So, here’s what I’d do. First of all, start looking around for another 20 on a 12 1100 similar to yours. They are around. When you find it, buy it even if your current 1100 is running perfectly. An identical backup gun is like money in the bank. You never have too many. And remember also the Technoidal Adage #-7-C, “Gas guns are like sheep. They know when they’re alone and they don’t like it.” In the next life, you should buy your gas guns in pairs. That way you always have a backup or a complete set of spare parts.

The second step to take is to perform proper preventative maintenance on your existing gun. By far the most important thing is to keep a fresh mainspring in the gun. A weak mainspring will permit the bolt to travel rearward at a high rate of speed. The bolt will slam into the rear of the receiver and create the Remington “death crack” on the right side. A weak spring will also permit the heavy collar that holds the action bars to slam into the face of the receiver and separate the magazine tube in a manner never intended by the designer. A cracked receiver or one with the magazine tube sheared off is pretty much the end of the road.

It’s easy and cheap enough to install a fresh mainspring and you ought to do it every 5 or 10K just to be safe. That one things will do more to keep your 1100 running than anything else. You’ll be amazed at how much shorter the old spring is than the one you replace it with. Rings, bolts, action bars and trigger bits are all easy to replace, though surprisingly expensive these days.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

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