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pascooter94

looking for a new slug gun, looking at a win semi-auto 1100 or 11-87 with a rifled barrel and next year to put a scope on it,or is there a better choice? looking for feed back. thanks

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Scott K

I have a remington 1187 sp rifled barrel with scope, very accurate, love the gun for slug, no problems with the auto either.

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hartner62

I'll second getting an 1187. I've had one for about 5 years now and still love as much as the day I got it.

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Stratosman

My 11-87 has been sending slugs into deer for the past 15 seasons, I would buy another one in a heartbeat. Same setup as you described.

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harvey lee

I hunted for years with an 1100 with a Hasting rifled slug barrell and a scope and it shot very well.

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kgpcr4

I shoot and 1187 with a cantilever rifled barrel and its great!

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CodyDawg

Purely my opinion.....my 1187 was junk. It would jam about every 3rd shot. Heavy as well. I shoot a Beretta and love it.

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Shack

I second Harvey Lee's statment.

I have same set up and I is deadly accurate (with a little fine tuning) up 75-150 yards.

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96trigger

Beretta 390 with a hastings slug barrel, cantilever mount, easily good to 150 yards.

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CodyDawg

One thing to note; if you are using a cantilever barrel like I do, the actual gun it sits on has nothing to do with the accuracy.

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TrophyEyes

I have a cantilever rifled barrel and I love it. I never have to worry about being on or off when I change my barrels from Duck to Deer. I would also like to mention that the Hornady SST Sabot Slugs are awesome. Those things are so accurate for such a long range it is sick. I would take a 200 yard shot with those no problem. I shot a nice 8 pt last year with them at 70 yards and he folded like a law chair. I found the bullet after and it was all there and a perfect mushroom. It went through both front shoulders.

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bigbucks

How much money are we talking about to buy a cantilevered slug barrel?

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TrophyEyes

I got an Ithica barrel for my Nova for $140. I know there are more expensive ones out there, but a good rule of thumb is a barrel is about half of what the gun costs. So a Benelli M1 slug barrel will be around $425 and so on.

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Whoaru99

The Hastings barrels seem to run about $200-$300, depending on the gun and barrel finish. Then, of course you have another chunk tied up in a scope. The cost of a scope can add lots to the ultimate hit to the wallet. Can't go too cheap on a slug gun scope because the punishing recoil will cause the scope to go bad.

If you get the cantilever barrel, you will need some type of sight whether it's a red-(Contact Us Please) style or a scope.

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Senior

How about a Rem. 870! Have the reciever tapped for bases, epoxy rifled barrel into reciever and you've got a solid slug gun. Hard to beat for accuracy! Never jam or malfunction. Been using them for over 50 yrs, they never let you down. jmo

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CodyDawg

My 870 jammed more than every gun I owned except my 1187. They are good guns, but not perfect.

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Coach Dog

I have a Wingmaster Magnum Deer 870 with rifled barrel and really like. Don't think they make that model anymore. I'd stay away from semi-auto for deer, as it is one more thing to go wrong. I have an uncle with a Browning Goldhunter with a rifled barrel and he always has problems with it. I call it his "$1200 single shot shotgun".

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Scott K

Automatic guns are good you just need to maintain them better, after every use clean it good, lightly oil it with a good gun oil. Dont over oil it attracks dirt, dont use cheep oil gets thick in cold weather, ck for worn parts when you tear it down to clean, you shouldnt ever have a problem with one. A pump you dont have to be as finnicky with how well you clean it, but still is a good idea to keep it cleaned, lubed, and inspected for worn parts. I shoot auto shotgun and an auto rifle, one year out of 20 I had a problem with a gun, it was my own fault, I over oiled the trigger assy and it was -15 degrees, when I pulled the trigger nothing happend, cleaned it out, and lightly oiled never had a problem since.

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Shack

I break down gun a little further than I have to when I change from field to slug barrel. I lightly lube and clean all parts. It is a good time to do this, because you have gun almost fully apart once a year. Ya, if you over oil or use thick oil, your action will suffer in cold weather. A little oil goes along way. Oil outside of barrel after every day out in field. Clean inside of barrel after every time using were shots were fired. This is what has worked for me.

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CodyDawg

I sure don't clean my Beretta 390 after every use. In fact, I give it one good cleaning a year and I use it a lot. I dont abuse it, but I dont baby it. So dont judge all autos alike, some need continued cleaning and lube and others are pretty bulletproof.

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TrophyEyes

My Benelli M1 is the same way, use it, don't abuse it and it will be good to me. If I drop it in the cat tails I might give it a once over, but clean and lube it up only once a year. Never jammed, never miss-fired, never a problem.

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Shack

I am not judging any guns?

I just like to take extra care of an investment I made, so it will bring years of good, accurate use. For my personal self, I think it is good practice to oil down outside of barrel and stock after every use. Takes 1 minute. Also if I discharge gun, run a swab down barrel quick, another minute. It is just what I have learned to do over the years. One does not have to do anything also and gun will work. Not trying to poke fun of anyone’s gun at all.

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Scott K

Same goes for me, I clean mine because I like it to be in good shape, not saying you have to do it, just my respect for my gun! Just like your car, you dont have to change the oil very often, you can get by with once a year, just better to do it more. I do the same as shack.. I oil the outside down after anytime I touch it. The inside gets cleaned after every day I fire it. I take apart and clean it after every season I use it, then a quick wipe down before the season. I spend a total of 20 minutes with a total cleaning.

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I break down gun a little further than I have to when I change from field to slug barrel. I lightly lube and clean all parts. It is a good time to do this, because you have gun almost fully apart once a year. Ya, if you over oil or use thick oil, your action will suffer in cold weather. A little oil goes along way. Oil outside of barrel after every day out in field. Clean inside of barrel after every time using were shots were fired. This is what has worked for me.


I'm always a little leery of the first shot out of a freshly cleaned/oiled barrel.

I usually clean the gun, shoot several rounds to check/adjust the scope, then leave the bore alone until after taking a deer, or the season's over - which ever comes first.

It's largely a matter of preference though.

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pascooter94

whats better the 1100 or the 11-87 and whats the best scope to put on yes i know you pay for what get but for about two weeks a year using it? and slugs the lightfeilds work great out of my old mossberg 500 would i still have to buy all sorts of slugs to find whats best out of that gun?

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