Gun Report

Remington 1100 Sporting 12-Gauge, $859

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This gorgeous shotgun functioned flawlessly and didn't pound us quite as hard as the Benelli, mainly because of its greater weight. If we were a Remington adherent, or if money was an issue, we'd pick it over the Benelli.

Remington 1100 Sporting 12-Gauge, $859

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The Sporting 12 comes with only a 28-inch barrel and 2 3/4-inch chamber. It measures 49 inches overall, and has a 14.2-inch length of pull, a drop at the comb of 1.5 inches, and a drop at the heel of 2.25 inches. It has a ventilated rib to disperse barrel heat, and the muzzle accepts Rem Choke choke tubes (Cylinder, Improved Cylinder, Light Modified, and Modified come with the gun). There are two beads on the ventilated rib, the smaller, silver mid-rib bead measuring 0.07 inch wide and the front white bead measuring 0.12 inch wide. The rib itself is 0.29 inch wide and is lined to reduce glare. The semi-fancy American walnut stock has a gloss finish, and the receiver is blued with a high polish.
Shooting features on the 1100 include a rounded, and very soft, buttpad that doesn't snag on clothing. We never had any trouble shouldering the gun as a result.
Our test sample had gorgeously figured buttstock wood and a 0.70-inch-thick soft-rubber buttpad. We didn't particularly like the gloss finish on hot summer days; it was very slick on both the forend and wrist, despite the nicely executed checkering.
The Rem Chokes could be installed and removed by hand, which made swapping them out station to station a breeze.
Looking down the receiver and the barrel, we liked the clean sight picture on top of the gun. The flat-top receiver blended a little off-center with the barrel, but it didn't bother us. We'd remove both of the beads, however, since it's easy to shift eye focus to the beads and away from the target.

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