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Remington Model 1100 Sporting 28 Gauge, $1300

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While we liked the price tag and overall handling ability of the Model 1100, some Remington fans who have been using versions of this shotgun for more than four decades might disagree with our low assessment. We simply could not get past the malfunctioning problem. The gunsmith work did the trick to put the shotgun back in service, and with that caveat, this sub-gauge shotgun that handles like a 12-gauge is worthy of consideration.

Remington Model 1100 Sporting 28 Gauge, $1300

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The gas-operated system of the Remington has proven to be a very effective design after decades of use, but the additional number of parts shown here demonstrate that it is more complicated.
One of the most popular veteran semi-automatics on the market, the Remington breaks down easily for cleaning and is constructed of solid parts that add to the weight difference of nearly 2 pounds over the Ultra Light. It also had more fouling than the Benelli system.
These two dented primers show the problem encountered when firing ammunition in the Model 1100. The shell on the left was struck three times before it fired, and the shell on the right shows an off-center strike that did not set off the round. At right are two Benelli strikes for comparison. With about two malfunctions per box of ammunition, the 1100 shotgun required some gunsmith work before it could be considered a reliable firearm for birds and clays.

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