Gun Report

Remington 105CTi II NO. 81031 3-inch 12 Gauge

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In our opinion, design problems and reliability problems make the Remington CTi II 105 a shotgun to avoid. The quick-fouling, hard-to-clean action was never dependable for us. Its inability to cycle 1-ounce loads is also a liability, compared to various Berettas and Brownings. Clumsy loading and cumbersome maintenance added insult to its less-than-enticing price tag. Despite several attempts to elicit a response from Remington about the shotgun’s ills, we have to fail the gun and move on.

Remington 105CTi II NO. 81031 3-inch 12 Gauge

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Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel

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While the bottom ejection can be considered a plus for inhibiting the entry of foreign material into the action, the overly large slit in the side of the action is a significant entry point. The skeletonized receiver of the 105CTi II has a shimmery “fish lure” type finish to it.
With the aid of a snap cap, you can see why loading the 105 can be problematic. The magazine tube is not in line with the breechblock, so a shell dropped into the bottom of the 105, or held against the 105 breechblock from below, cannot be smoothly loaded—it hits the receiver when pushed forward and cannot feed into the magazine.
The rework of the 105 II is substantial. Internal modifications include changes to the action sleeve, action sleeve seal, bolt head, gas cylinder, and improved gas seals. Most of these parts have received nickel plating and Teflon coating. A look at the 105’s gas flange at right shows how coated with residue it became after a cleaning and one box of shells fired. It is as far removed from “self-cleaning” as can be imagined. There are more than 70 documented steps to disassemble, clean, and reassemble the 105CTi II.

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