Remington 1187 Problems that New Buyers Should Know About

The Remington 1187 is a fantastic field weapon that will easily dispatch a large number of doves, rabbits, and quail. Except for the 26″-barrel, Satin Walnut stocks, and the matte black finish metal, it resembles the Premier.

It is a well-loved gun but does not spare users of occasional nuances. The most common problems with the Remington 1187 are: cycling issues, jamming issues, getting dirty easily, barrel issues and link issues.

After reading this article, you will understand the solution to each of these issues. Additionally, you will learn how users feel about the gun. So, stay tuned!

Features & Specifications of Remington 1187:

  • Action: Semi-Automatic
  • Gauge / Bore: 12 Gauge, 20 Gauge.
  • Receiver Finish: Varies Depending on Variant
  • Product weight: 132ounces
  • Product length: 34-50 inches
  • Capacity: 4+1 rounds
  • Barrel length: 28 inches
  • Barrel Type: Vent Rib Rem Choke Mod
Remington 1187 Problems
Remington 1187

Common Remington 1187 Problems and Solutions

Cycling IssueClean and spray dry lubricant.
Jamming IssueReplace the feed latch.
Getting Dirty EasilyKeep the gun clean in short intervals.
Barrel IssueCall Remington to get service under warranty.
Link IssueReplace the link and spring. Polish the link channel.

1. Cycling Problem

The new shell would lodge in the receiver/ejection port after the gun ejected the previous shell.

It gives the impression that there has been some contact between the top of the shell and the top/inside of the receiver.

The 3″ shells would make this problem worse.

The Fix

The 11-87 is infamous for using less oil, not more. Shooting in a cold climate makes the problem worse because the gun cycles slowly or poorly.

See if the problem goes away when you completely disassemble everything, clean everything, and use a dry spray lubricant instead of oil. Try modifying the shell as well.

If nothing else works, sell the gun and buy a better one.

2. Jamming Issue

When the bolt is shut, the shell feeds back onto the carrier. The gun jams as a result of the second shell ejecting from the magazine before the first one does after the first fire.

The Fix

The shell might not have been inserted into the magazine far enough. In other words, it prevents the feed latch from being fully engaged.

The feed latch releases the shell too soon because it is worn, weak, changed, or damaged. It might become dislodged from its circlip-secured position inside the receiver.

To fix this issue, purchase a new interceptor latch and a set of circlips in various thicknesses from Brownells. Secure the latch with these new parts. This should fix the issue.

3. Gets Dirty Easily

The gun fails to eject or feed because it would get really dirty. A 100-bird sports clay course could not be completed without the 11-87 acting out and cycling improperly.

The Fix

Between shots, you must maintain the pistol clean. It requires a lot of upkeep. Additionally, these guns are more vulnerable to field grit.

There would be a lot of debris in the actions due to the chaff, dust, and old magnum shell powder residue. So, keep it clean as much as possible.

4. Barrel Problem

The barrel of the Remington 1187 would come loose. It may also undergo some peening.

Additionally, the other side of the barrel has a groove that a “bump” fits in to ensure that the barrel is positioned appropriately. That may occasionally fail to happen.


The Fix

Check the bolt’s lock. The lock’s top edge may have a bur or something on the inner track may prevent it from dropping out as the bolt unlocks.

Send the shotgun to Remington. They can fix the bolt lock issue (probably just by replacing it) and even the barrel issue by replacing both.

The barrel not seating or coming loose is a factory defect. Remington should fix it as part of the warranty.

The link could become completely lodged inside the action spring tube. While resolving the issue, the channel the link rides in can also get roughed up.

The Fix

Use a small sharpening stone
Use a small sharpening stone
fish hook sharpener
fish hook sharpener

Use a small sharpening stone (such as a fish hook sharpener) to smooth off any rough edges on the receiver’s rails so that the link moves more easily.

Try an alternative spring if a Surecycle spring is ineffective. I would suggest you avoid that one. A new link can be ordered from Brownells.

User Feedback on Remington 1187

The 11-87 is a good shotgun. They consistently deliver and shoot well. In any weather conditions, they always go off with a bang.

People have had good luck with Remington customer service for as long as they’ve used the gun. And parts are easily accessible too.

Remington’s designs have drawn a lot of criticism for being dated and inefficient. That, according to my research, is unfair. The design is proven to be tried-and-true and efficient.

Over the years, most Remington complaints registered to gunsmiths are regarding terrible operators/owners, with just a few isolated concerns.

Even though the gun is not very good at shooting the lightest rounds, their total weight allows them to absorb some of the unpleasant recoils of the heavier loads.

Since they are typically equipped with a decent recoil pad, they are comfortable for the majority of loads up to 3.5″.

Finally, Todd Bender, one of the best skeet shooters in the world, used this and took home several titles! So that should say something!

Top 3 Alternative Guns of Remington 1187

Based on comparing the specs, features, practicality, and performance, I have found the 3 best alternatives to Remington 1187.

Remington 1100

Both guns are strikingly similar. Unlike the 1100, the 11-87 has a gas compensation mechanism. When switching from light target loads to magnum loads with the 1100, you have to change barrels (3″ shells require BOTH a magnum receiver and a barrel with a 3″ chamber).

In my opinion, the 1100 is a better gun for target shooting.

Remington 870

Both are excellent options for a trap gun. With the 1187, you will feel the recoil less. But cleaning is more crucial and more parts may eventually wear out. When it comes to reliability and low maintenance, the 870 is tough to beat.

Beretta A300 Outlander

The 11-87 Premier looks better, and the Outlander shoots better. Cleaning the Outlander is needed less frequently. The cost of the 11-87 also appears to be higher. The Beretta is preferable to the 11-87 on any day and for any purpose.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When does the Remington 1187 action remain in an open position?

When you load two shells through the bottom and pull back.

Is the Remington 1187 adjustable for fit?

No, they are not adjustable for fit.

What ga are Remington 1187s available?

12 and 20 ga.

Are the Remington 1187 barrels heavier than the 1100’s?


What barrel can make Remington 1187 more balanced?

LC barrels.


Users haven’t yet discovered a gun they prefer over the Remington 1187. This has stayed true over the years. When you use it, you’ll notice that it is of the highest quality and precision

It will function flawlessly whenever you need it. You can use many chokes with the Rem Choke. Additionally, a Turkey choke can be used with it.

According to me, and many users, nothing in its class will perform better. So, you may go for it!

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