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Old 10-02-2009, 04:28 PM
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Has anyone tried the 2.75", 12 gauge, #8, Winchester Universal shotshells found at Walmart's? Using a Remington 11-87 gas operated trap gun, I did not get totally reliable ejection using these shells. About 25% of the hulls were left lying on the lifter. Since then, the gun has been carefully cleaned and the barrel seal replaced. Will try to make it back out to the trap range this weekend to see if that makes any difference but would also like to hear about your experience with these shells.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:47 PM
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I shot a lot of them years back in 7.5 / 8 / 9 sizes, they all functioned perfectly, but they were all fired in my Mossberg 835 ultimag and 500 pump guns, and a few in a break open single shot.

I even tried reloading them, they worked ok, but not like the better shells, so I saved them for places where I could shoot and leave them.


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Old 10-03-2009, 12:32 PM
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Yes, have seen similar problems with 20ga shooting clays with friends. 3-4 shells per box were jamming in 11-87 youth, with youngsters. Did not see exactly what was happening with the gun.
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I might be wrong, but if you install the OLD style piston and piston seal the 11-87 supposedly will work a lot better with light loads. Haven't had the opportunity, but will check this the first chance I get. Goat
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Old 10-03-2009, 08:06 PM
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I have no trouble with my handloads or the factory Rem STS/Win AA/Federal GM/ any other heavy load in my 11-87, but the cheaper Federals, Winchesters, and Remingtons all give trouble in my 11-87 Special Purpose.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:20 AM
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Thanks to all who posted. Your posts were appreciated. Went back to the trap range last weekend. Apparently my Remington Premium Trap 11-87 needed a good cleaning and a new barrel seal. Results from shooting one full box of shells each, Winchester Universal: 2 failures to eject. Federal Multi-Purpose: 1 failure. Remington Sport loads: 0 failures. Have since stocked up on more Remington. Will also try some of the more expensive shells next e.g. Remington STS, Winchester AA, etc. for another round of testing. Looking for shells that will provide total reliability for this particular shotgun.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:31 AM
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I might be wrong, but if you install the OLD style piston and piston seal the 11-87 supposedly will work a lot better with light loads. Haven't had the opportunity, but will check this the first chance I get. Goat
I DO have the old style piston and piston seal in this gun. I hear that the old style is preferred over the new in terms of reliable functioning especially with light loads. Thanks for your post and good advice.
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