FTF on an 11-87 - Any experience with this?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by baldwin, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. baldwin

    baldwin Member

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    My 11-87 is not feeding the follow up shell. The spent hull will kick out, but the 2nd shell stays in the magazine or gets hung up in the carrier.

    I called Remington and they told me it would be a 6 week turn-around on a repair if I send it in (not good with big duck in 2 weeks and N Dakota in 4 weeks). The very helpful gentleman I spoke with feels that it may be the trigger assembly and they are sending me a replacement.

    I've heard some guys having problems with their springs wearing out in the trigger assembly or the spring not being strong enough and have had this happen. Anyone ever experienced this before?

    The gun is clean, lubed, has a new o ring and i don't see any damage/bent pieces. The extractor looks good to me and the link is in place. I have put a lot of shells (steel/target/dove loads) through it in the past 20 months but never had problems until teal season this year.

    Not looking for any comments about how your benelli or beretta is better(I'll probably buy a nova back-up anyway) but if you have any experience with an 11-87 FTF and know the root cause or can tell me how you remedied it, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. mjmaurer

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    Are you shooting the same ammo as you have in the past. Often in auto loaders you need a stout load to cycle the action. I recently went through this o a friends Win. 1400. Changed to a hotter load...Bang, Bang, Bang.

    Nothing wrong mechanically. We just had to feed it something else. MJ

    This is where I would start. Plus make sure the carboned gas ports are cleaned with a pipe cleaner.
     
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  3. JEFF

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    take the magazine spring and follower out and clean the inside of the tube with a bore swab . Put in a new follower they are plastic and get full of grit easy. I switched all of mine to aluminum or stainless worth the extra money. Also pull your butt stock off and pull out the main spring and follower clean the inside of the tube with a brass brush on a cleaning rod spin it with a drill and install a new spring and follower or at least clean them put anti seize on the stock nut before you put it back together.Check the little arm that hold the shell in the magazine the little nipple breaks off and allows it to come out to far. If it is broken take it to a gunsmith to get replaced they are a pain in the butt to re stake back in even when you have the tool. It is called a feed latch http://www.brownells.com/manufacturers/REMINGTON/index.htm?avs|Make~~Model_1=Remington__11-87
     
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  4. silvermoose

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    Not sure if this is your problem or not but tear the stock assembly down and check the recoil spring back there. Replaced mine several years ago and it fixed my issues which were similar. When I opened up the housing where the spring is my spring was corroded and stuck in there.
     
  5. baldwin

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    Thanks for all the advice! I am shooting the same loads. I did not tear down the stock and clean/replace the recoil spring; I would not be surprised if there was some corrosion there. I cleaned the magazine spring and follower but did not replace it. I'll take these steps, too.

    Thanks, again!
     
  6. EaglePoint

    EaglePoint 1 more pass? No Way!

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    Spring action tube in the stock is notorious for slowing down due to buildup of oil or corrosion. Point of fail for even the modern autoloaders.
     
  7. baldwin

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    Thanks EaglePoint - I'm going to take a look at that tonight to see if it's something I can do. It sounds line the tube is soldered in, but I should be able to disassemble, clean and replace the spring.