View Full Version : How do you measure the length of a Remington 1100 shotgun barrel?

09-01-2010, 10:34 PM
Yep, I know.....one way to do it is with a tape measure. :D

But when I did that from the front of the receiver (where the rib sight on the barrel starts) to the very end of the barrel at the muzzle, I came up with a measurement of 29 1/2" . This is a full choke Remington factory barrel. Is it a 30" barrel, or is it a 28incher? Thanks in advance.

Dennis Sorensen
09-01-2010, 11:23 PM
Measure from the empty closed bolt face to the end of the muzzle...

Larry Elliott
09-01-2010, 11:38 PM
All barrels except on revolvers are measured the way Dennis says. Whatever's hidden inside the receiver is still barrel. :D

09-02-2010, 01:38 PM
The bolt face is only about another 1/2" behind the receiver front edge that I described. This makes my "full" choke barrel 30" (ie; 291/2" + 1/2") , and my modified barrel (which is 2" shorter then the full choke barrel) a 28" length.

I thought perhaps I was measuring improperly, because most commonly issued full choke barrels seen on GunBroker are 28", and most modified barrels 26". I guess I just happen to have a full and modified barrel that is 2" longer then the norm. That's actually better for me being I want to use them exclusively for shooting clays.

09-02-2010, 04:46 PM

In the olden days, the 12 ga. 1100 field gun was initially available with a 30"full, 28" full or mod, or a 26" IC. A 22" IC deer barrel was also available.

Good shooting.

09-02-2010, 05:43 PM
your shotgun is a 30" barrel. most likely a trap model. whats the stock look like? Does it have a slight raise on the comb? If so it is a trap model shotgun designed to throw the shot pattern high. If the comb is flat or straight across it is just a long barreld field gun, most likely made for goose hunting when lead shot was legal. Lee

09-02-2010, 10:32 PM
This 1100 is a field model in next to new condition that I bought used back in the mid 1980's. It came with that 28" modified barrel, but not knowing much at all about shotguns, I sought a full choke barrel to shoot clays with, and ended up buying a used 34" "goose barrel" from an individual. Boy, talk about a loooong barrel! I felt like a freak with that thing at the public range and later sold it........then I bought this vent ribbed 30" used barrel for $75 in the late 80's. I'm glad it's turned out to be a 30 incher. I had the gun stored away for years and kept thinking the longest barrel I had for it was 28"

I'll say one thing about that 34" goose barrel that I had; I've not much experience shooting clay birds (probably fired no more then 200 shotgun rounds in my life), but it seemed like I could jab that barrel up in the air and almost almost touch the clay with it. Hopefully the 30" will provide almost as well a good sighting plain.

09-03-2010, 06:36 AM
Your are correct. even though the trend is for longer barrels in sporting clays a 34" barrel on an automatic shotgun is a bit long. especialy a rem 1100. they are front heavy anyway. After i started having neck problems i went to a beretta 390 with a 32" barrel and it was perfect but it also balanced really well. On my Browning Over/under 30" is plentty long. I have shot a lot of skeet with a rem 1100, and beleive it or not, 28" felt right to me. again they are just so front heavy. You need your shotgun to be smooth, but not so heavy that it slows you down swithching directions. Have fun with your fine shotgun sir! Lee