I am new to the shotgun sports, enjoy it very much and am partial to Remington shotguns. What are your thoughts regarding the Remington 3200 which is no longer supported by the manufacturer. I have purchased an 870 Wingmaster and Model 1100 Sporting 12 as intro guns for myself and sons and thought the 3200 would complete the collection. Thank for your imput.
I always liked the 3200s and used one for International Skeet for a while. Matt Dryke used on to win the Olympic gold medal in IntSk in Los Angeles in 1984.
The guns have been out of production for over 35 years now, so spare parts are always an issue. They were made from 1973 to 1984. But they were fairly popular with a production of 42,000, so parts should be around somewhere. They weren’t particularly troublesome guns at all, though the forend had wood splitting. The receivers on early guns were recalled and modified by Remington. You can tell if it was an updated receiver if there is a dot between the letters OU and numbers of the serial number.
The 3200s will remind you very much of the Krieghoff Model 32s in their design, if not in the quality of execution. They ought to as the K32 was petty much a copy of the original Remington Model 32. I liked the trigger on the 3200 better than that on the Model 32. The K32 triggers had too much release required between shots so it was quite common to trap the trigger. Current K80s have changed that and have wonderful triggers. Today you can’t really compare the K80 to the Rem 3200. It really upsets the K80 owners.
So, if you are collecting guns and want a sample for occasional shooting, the 3200s would be fine. If you are going to shoot the heck out of it, I’d look for something else unless you locate a reliable supply of parts. Of course, that’s true of any high use target gun. 3200s are currently running in the $1,500 to $2,000 area, so they aren’t huge investments as far as shotguns go.
As to the 1100s and 870s, those are classics. You can’t go wrong there. As to collecting a Remington 105CTi, that’s another story. Not all of Remington’s guns were successful.
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