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The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
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1187s are all 3 inch chambers, but they are supposed to cycle 2 3/4" shells OK due to the gas system being somewhat self-adjusting.

1100s come either in the 2 3/4 version, or the 3 inch version.

Field-stripping is the same. All 1187s (that I am aware of) now some with the Rem-chokes standard. There is probably even some interchangability between the barrels, although it's been a while since I had both side by side to compare. At the time I did not notice any major differences, dimensionally.

I think that Remington has kept both in production and made the 1100 the more 'high-end' gun.
 

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Whoops, mis-read your post (maybe). I assume you mean 1100 not 870 when you typed 8700?

As you know the 870 is a pump and the 1100 and 1187 are gas-operated semi-automatics.
 

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870 goes with me when I have to walk a lot.

1100 goes with me when I have to shoot a lot.
 
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