Anyone with an 11-87? Need birdshot recommendation.

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    Anyone with an 11-87? Need birdshot recommendation.

    I have an 11-87 SPS, 21" 12-gauge. Slugs work just fine in it, but I need to find some #7-1/2 or smaller birdshot that will cycle reliably so I can use this gun in some local 3-gun matches. The barrel itself is stamped "Not for use with light loads."

    Last match, I used some Winchester AA Light Target Loads, #8 1-1/8oz loads and ended up with a single shot shotgun; spent hulls would not eject reliably. Somebody else offered me some heavy game loads, which I think were #7-1/2, 1-1/8oz loads, and they didn't do any better.

    Please help! I really want to be able to use this gun in matches.
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    Buy a "high brass" field load with 1-1/4 oz and 3-1/2 dram equiv.

    These are hunting and not target loads. You should be able to find lead shot loads in 5, 6 or 7-1/2 shot, but not necessarily at a discount store.

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    Light loads with a 30" barrel work fine - maybe you just need to get a different barrel, might be cheaper in the long run being able to shoot WalMart stuff.

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    Check your gas seal O-ring for cracks or dry rot

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    ended up with a single shot shotgun; spent hulls would not eject reliably.

    Please help! I really want to be able to use this gun in matches. [/QUOTE]

    thay are know for going bad i replace mine every 250 shots thay are cheep
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    Quote Originally Posted by steyrsdad View Post
    [O-rings] are known for going bad i replace mine every 250 shots thay are cheep
    I don't think I even have fifty rounds through this puppy yet, but I will double check the O-ring.

    If I can find a place to test fire it, I got some Remington Express Long Range, which as 1-1/4oz, 1350fps, #7-1/2, and I'll see if that is reliable.
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