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Everything from new gun and load concepts to hard-wearing jeans were on display when gun writers and editors gathered for Remington Arms's 1991 New Products Seminar but few of these products will mean more to the typical dealer than the new, lighter versions of the Model 11-87 and 870 "Wingmaster." Always successful products, both guns have taken on weight since the introduction of the "Rem"-Choke feature, and hunters have asked for lighter versions.

Remington has now responded with a so-called "light contour" barrel for both the M11-87 and M870, which results in the loss of at least a half a pound. The light contour barrel has been termed on "hourglass" configuration. It has sufficient wall thickness at the breech and also at the muzzle for the screw-in choke, but it tapers inwardly from those extremities. The taper isn't noticeable; one must hold the barrel to the eye and take a squinty look along the outside to see the mild bend. This brings the M11-87 back to the weight class of the famous Remington Model 1100. Likewise, it revives the basic weight class of the original 870.

The weight reduction and handling qualities of the M11-87 have been altered even further on a totally new Sporting Clays design. This Sporting Clays gun not only has the light contour barrel, but its forend has been cut back for an added weight reduction that shifts the balance point backward and tends to concentrate much of the weight between the shooter's hands for responsive handling. The combination of a light contour barrel and a shortened forend make the M11-87 Sporting Clays gun about three quarters of a pound lighter than the former M11-87s with similar 26-inch or 28-inch barrels.

The M11-87 Sporting Clays gun has a new choke tube concept. To facilitate rapid changing, the leading edge stands about half an inch beyond the muzzle crown and is readily gripped with the fingers. Five chokes will be supplied for all Sporting Clays ranges. Thus, not only is this gun well matched to the demands of Sporting Clays, but it could also serve as an excellent field gun, somewhat lighter still than the basic M11-87.

In other shotgun products, Remington will present a 20-gauge "Express" combo with the normal field barrel in tandem with a slug barrel. Also, the .410 Express is now an official catalog item, and the M11-87 "SP" guns will be supplied with full camouflage coverage. In this same vein, Remington offers the M11-87 with 21-inch barrel and total Treback camo coverage. This gun was named "Gun Of The Year" by the Wild Turkey Federation.

For mariners and survivalists, there is an 18-inch-barreled M870 with an electroless nickel-plated finish on all metal parts. The gun has a seven-shot extended magazine and synthetic stock and forend for weather and saltwater resistance.

Rifles For The Hunter

The same weather resistant features are being wrapped into a new version of Remington's popular Model 700 turnbolt -- an all-weather rig called the Model 700 "Stainless Synthetic." The barrel is of #416 stainless steel, as are the receiver and bolt. Put into a synthetic stock with a profile like that of the slick M700, the M700 SS is made in a wide variety of chamberings and is indeed an all-conditions gun.

The Model 700V Varminter has also been provided with a synthetic stock for 1992, while another big-game variant of the M700, the Model 700CS, is being given a complete camouflage coating plus the synthetic stock. Finally, the M700 Custom KS Mountain Rifle will also be made with stainless steel components and the impervious Kevlar stock. This one will scale just 6 1/2 pounds to 6-3/4 pounds, depending upon the chambering.

For left-handed hunters, Remington is beginning to make M700 "Safari" and Model 40-XB rifles with southpaw actions. This puts the massive magnums and precise target rifles in the lefties' domain. For those who enjoy traditional wood grains, the Model 700 Custom KS will be turned out with a Kevlar stock bearing a wood grain, as will the Safari rigs.

Each year Remington makes the Classic M700 in a special chambering, and for 1992 it will be a 24-inch-barreled .220 Swift. This was long awaited and should find excellent customer appeal. The .25-06 that was 1991's Classic chambering will be shifted into the Mountain Rifle model with a 22-inch barrel.

A pair of new chamberings will also show up in the Model XP-100 turnbolt pistol, namely, the .22-250 and the .308 Winchester.

Classic Ammo Cartridges

In 1991, Remington introduced a new line of high-quality centerfire ammo known as the "Extended Range." That list has been expanded for 1992 with the inclusion of 105-grain loads for the .243 and 6mm Rem. 122-grainers for the .257 Roberts and .25-06, a 154-grain load for the 7mm-08, and a 165-grain ER projectile for the 7mm Weatherby Magnum. These ER bullets have superb ballistic coefficients for retained velocities.

In shotshells, Remington has stepped into the 3 1/2-inch 12-gauge magnum field with 2 1/4-ounce turkey rounds packed 10 to the box. So, too, will Remington supply 10-packs in 10 gauge (2 1/4 ozs.), 3-inch 12 gauge (2 ounces), and standard 12 gauge (1 1/2 ounces) for turkey specialist. The 3-inch 12-gauge loading will include No. 5s. All these 10-packs will feature copper-plated shot and buffer.

In one other loads, Remington has used 1 1/4 ounces of No. 6 lead shot in the standard-length 12 as a "preserve" load over a 3 1/4-drams-equivalent powder charge for about 1,220 fps. This gives hunters a good, moderate-range pheasant and chukar round for hunting preserves without generating the high recoil level of the 3 3/4-drams-equivalent "high brass" round.

Beyond firearms and ammunition, Remington is offering a considerable line of field-related clothing plus high-quality target-grade wear. A new step is into the jean market, for which they are using DuPont fabrics to weave a hardwearing jean that'll stand abuse and thwart all sorts of thorny growth in bird thickets. Snake-proof chaps are also a part of the line.

A couple days of using these new products on the rolling Flint Hills of Kansas proved their worth on pheasants and quail. And a morning of Sporting Clays at the Flint Oak range likewise proved that the M11-87 Sporting Clays piece is quite responsive, having a whole new handling characteristic than the original M11-87 and its heavily walled barrel. The 1992 Remington catalogs should be available by the time this column appears in print.

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Author:Zutz, Don
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Date:Mar 1, 1992
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