Remington Versamax


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By Duxunlimited - 2/4/2014 7:34:10 AM
So now that the season is over...did anybody purchase or use a Versamax..??

This will be my next purchase..but in the Sportsman version...no Camo ..just black synthetic.. With a Carlson choke.

I did get to shoot some of the Blindside. . that crap sucks..shot 3 gave the rest of the box away.

I shot some Remington Hypersonic in my 11-87...second shot . I noticed my forearm guard was cracked from the bottom up about 1 1/2 inches...won't be shooting that stuff anymore !!
By flannel - 2/4/2014 7:04:15 PM
Yes!! This was my second season with the original Versa Max. I have been extremely impressed with this gun; its been very reliable and very soft on the shoulder and it points and feels like a classic Remington. I shoot plain ol Federal steel shot with a Kicks High Flyer choke tube and have killed teal and geese with equal success. If you have any more Qs don't hesitate to ask!
By Duxunlimited - 2/5/2014 7:08:19 AM
Kinda set in my ways ...shot a wingmaster for some 20 plus years..switched to the 870 supermagum.. When I turned 50 I switched to the 11-87..after 4 seasons with the 11-87 I will be the first to say..I'm spoiled now..
I have yet to have the Versamax in my hand but from what I have read and seen..its my next gun.I did read that you have to run about a 100 rounds through it to smooth out the shell carrier.
I also read that Benelli & Beretta are both not happy... I wonder why. LoL
By flannel - 2/5/2014 4:34:07 PM
I'm not aware of any break-in period, and didnt/haven't experienced any cycling issues. One thing I did do however, was take steel wool to the inside of the receiver. This made it much easier to clean as it was a bit rough out of the factory. 
By Duxunlimited - 2/8/2014 5:22:13 AM
I talked to a Rep @ Remington ..they say its not a "set " standard or in print - but he said it takes about 100 rounds to smooth it out, regardless everything I have read or seen is that Remmy has hit a goldmine- no wonder Benelli & Beretta are so pissed off..:D
By Yoteman - 2/19/2014 3:51:06 PM
I have the versa max and i love it. That being said, i had to send it back due to a swell in barrel. I think a low powered shell wad didnt clear. It cycles everything from the low powered trap shells to the big and heavy 3.5 inch turkey crushers. The swell could happen to any gun i guess. Remington told me that they actually manufacture failure points in the barrel so if that happens the barrel will swell instead of break or blow back in the shooters face. Shoulders and points like a remington and very soft on the shoulder. I love it!
By Swamper - 2/19/2014 4:55:54 PM
Yoteman (2/19/2014)
I have the versa max and i love it. That being said, i had to send it back due to a swell in barrel. I think a low powered shell wad didnt clear. It cycles everything from the low powered trap shells to the big and heavy 3.5 inch turkey crushers. The swell could happen to any gun i guess. Remington told me that they actually manufacture failure points in the barrel so if that happens the barrel will swell instead of break or blow back in the shooters face. Shoulders and points like a remington and very soft on the shoulder. I love it!


if you like it, that's all that matters.

I wouldn't be buying anymore of that brand of low powered shell.  what brand was it.  others should know.  if in fact that was the cause.
By tallman2 - 2/20/2014 7:42:27 AM
Bought one last season, great good and worked well. Mine is a sportsman with 28" ...also note the breech/chamber is 2" long as well that other Remington auto's...had to get used to 4" more than my 1187
By The General - 2/20/2014 3:37:12 PM
This was my first season with my Versa-Max and I love this gun! I had time during the past spring to put this gun on paper and on the trap range prior to hunting season and it truly does cycle everything from light target stuff to 3 1/2 magnum loads. On paper the gun shot consistently low for me but I was able to easily fix this problem by ordering and installing Remington's higher comb insert. (Remington makes a 3/8" rise and a 3/4" rise insert for this gun that I easily replaced myself) For me the gun just points very well and felt recoil is a dream making for quick follow up shots. That said I did encounter some problems with my Versa-Max during this years waterfowl season. The bolt lever fell out of my gun twice this season. I recovered it the first time in my waders however it was lost in the field the second time and I had to order a replacement. I also had the extractor break and fall down into the trigger assembly inside of the receiver. This caused a spring guide pin within the trigger assembly to break and took the gun out of commission until it was shipped back to Remington and repaired. Remington did promptly repair the gun under warranty.
By Swamper - 2/20/2014 6:57:49 PM
that makes two of you this week that has good reviews on the versa max.  to me, however, your mechanical malfunctions and breakdowns are unacceptable and a poor representation of "made in America".
By Yoteman - 2/21/2014 7:30:22 AM
Swamper- i agree with your last statement. I have been a remington man all my life. Love them. But i have seen a decline in remingtons quality control. I bought a new remington 700 BDL 2years ago. Barrel was junk. 5 inch group at 150 yards with my hand loads. I just picked it up last night with a new custom barrel on it. Hopefully i will not have anymore problems with the versamax. What happened to mine could happen to any brand.
By flannel - 2/21/2014 9:53:19 PM
Swamper (2/20/2014)
that makes two of you this week that has good reviews on the versa max.  to me, however, your mechanical malfunctions and breakdowns are unacceptable and a poor representation of "made in America".


I was thinking the same thing. Then again, every brand has their lemons, like the $1600 Beretta Xtrema 2  I ended up with that was nothing but a worthless heap of crap. I believe Beretta s are generally quality guns, but mine was absolutely terrible even after 2 trips back to Beretta. I don't think I'll ever be able to convince myself to purchase another Beretta ever again, although the chances of getting another lemon are likely very slim.
By Impulsefishing - 3/4/2014 2:42:42 PM
Finished my second season with my Versa Max.  I field tested this gun last year against the SBE 2 for my local gun store and the Versa Max won hands down.  Long story short...the Versa Max is freaking awesome!  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new auto.
By CatchinZs - 5/7/2014 5:32:10 PM
Impulsefishing (3/4/2014)
Finished my second season with my Versa Max.  I field tested this gun last year against the SBE 2 for my local gun store and the Versa Max won hands down.  Long story short...the Versa Max is freaking awesome!  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new auto.


These two guns shoulder so differently for me that I think I'd have a hard time field testing them.  I really wanted to like the Versamax but it just doesn't point for me.
By tallman2 - 5/20/2014 8:42:10 AM
Thats another rerason why I like the Versa Max. The gun I have has the 28" barrel, plus the chamber is 2" longer than the 1100 series so for me at 6'5" the extra lenght works well.