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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby TuJays » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:00 pm

hamernhonkers wrote:
TuJays wrote:bought my Versa Max three years ago almost to this day.
best decision i have ever made for waterfowl hunting.

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtop ... 5&t=244957



This is why I bought one and with its first season nearing an end I have not regretted it. In fact I choose it over the sx3 and I own the 20 bore version of the sx3. I think Remington has got back on track with the Versamax :thumbsup:


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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby TuJays » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:04 pm

BlackDog1100 wrote:
TuJays wrote:bought my Versa Max three years ago almost to this day.
best decision i have ever made for waterfowl hunting.

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtop ... 5&t=244957


Thanks for the link, quite a bit of information (not to mention leg work) you guys have provided there. :clapping:

I thought buying a gun was supposed to be fun. I guess after all the research eventually you just need to "pull the trigger" and go with one.


This is exactly correct.
Once you have narrowed it down, get one and shoot the heck out of it!
This will tell you all you need to know for you. All the guns mentioned in this topic are excellent firearms and will not lose value if you decide to change.
Good luck with whichever choice you make, have fun, and be safe!
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby orphanedcowboy » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:06 am

I have looked at the Versa-Max on occasion, but today I did an in depth look at Cabela's. They had a dozen or so demo guns. These were supposedly used as review guns in duck, pheasant and goose hunts. They were all dirty, beat up and abused. Nothing appeared permanent, nothing a little scrubbing and cleaning wouldn't fix. I tore a couple down with the gun room manager to have a look see. We were both impressed with how dirty the bore was versus how clean the gas system was. Trigger felt really good, pointed and balanced nice but seemed overly long. I didn't have a tape but was told they were all 28" barrels. The fit seemed on part with just about any other plastic gun. I am not a Remington guy but I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I was in the market for another 12ga.

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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby Yuchi1 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:30 am

orphanedcowboy wrote:I have looked at the Versa-Max on occasion, but today I did an in depth look at Cabela's. They had a dozen or so demo guns. These were supposedly used as review guns in duck, pheasant and goose hunts. They were all dirty, beat up and abused. Nothing appeared permanent, nothing a little scrubbing and cleaning wouldn't fix. I tore a couple down with the gun room manager to have a look see. We were both impressed with how dirty the bore was versus how clean the gas system was. Trigger felt really good, pointed and balanced nice but seemed overly long. I didn't have a tape but was told they were all 28" barrels. The fit seemed on part with just about any other plastic gun. I am not a Remington guy but I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I was in the market for another 12ga.

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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby Sgtstadanko707 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:01 pm

I love my versamaxx. Never had a jam. Fits just like my 870 did and that is why I like it most. Feels like you are shooting your 870 in an semi auto with 20ga kick. I would look into the sportsman model(800 bucks). Only difference is the shim adjustment. The more expensive ones come with choke tubes and a hard case that you can't put your gun in unless you break it down.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby waterfowlhunter » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:46 pm

I like the look and "idea" of the Versamax but will not own one as they just feel cheaply built and clumsy. cycling the bold feels gritty and reminds me of the MP153 / SPR453 that Remington put their name on. I also like the feel and fit of the Vinci, it feels just about Perfect to me but the safety in front of the trigger is something I just do not like so I stick with my SBE II's and M2's along with the X2's until something better comes along. Really eyeing the Escort extreme magnum, handled one and they feel great, I have the escort 20ga and have not had any issues at all out of it. hit the link if you want to see more about these.

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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby wjarrell » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:53 pm

Yuchi1 wrote:.....Had this been 1992 and you heard all the bad reports about ejector plate pins and barrel bands breaking on SBE's, what would your decision have been....

Is that common with the present model SBEII?
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby Yuchi1 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:15 am

wjarrell wrote:
Yuchi1 wrote:.....Had this been 1992 and you heard all the bad reports about ejector plate pins and barrel bands breaking on SBE's, what would your decision have been....

Is that common with the present model SBEII?


I haven't checked the Benelli website forum (or others) in a while so you may want to take a look at those places.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby waterfowlhunter » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:38 am

Yuchi1 wrote:.....Had this been 1992 and you heard all the bad reports about ejector plate pins and barrel bands breaking on SBE's, what would your decision have been....


I heard of these isolated issues with the bar type ejector but did not have any come thru my shop with problems. I had several SBE's Heckler and Koch imported versions and early Benelli with no issues and run the crap out of them. They have changed the design of the ejector from a bar to a stamped plate and that was long before the SBE II / M2 came out. Unlike Remington and some others I do not know of Benelli Ever having to recall their guns. There was a rumor of a Nova recall but we were never officially notified of it.

You will always find someone that had issues with just about anything so get the gun you like and enjoy it. :thumbsup:
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby TomKat » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:05 pm

The M2 is a very under rated waterfowl gun.



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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby everythings ducky » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:50 pm

The few guys I know that own a Versa Max talk highly of them. They seem to be increasing in popularity in my area. Seems you're leaning towards the Versa Max. They come with a great warranty if something goes wrong with the gun. The gas system is the newest technology. If it feels the best, go by that.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby Seaark18 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:42 pm

I wouldn't hesitate to get one. I like mine so much that I just bought a second one for my father to shoot. I've shot a lot of different guns, but never one that really did reduce recoil like this. 3.5" shells are no big deal, and 3" Mags feel like trap loads compared to other guns.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby no3topqb » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:42 am

I had a versa max. Great gun, very soft recoil but the gun just didn't fit me. I'm no expert marksman, but I couldn't hut the broad side of a barn with that gun. Traded it for a sx3 and haven't looked back. Just go with what fits.

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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby Yuchi1 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:07 am

waterfowlhunter wrote:
Yuchi1 wrote:.....Had this been 1992 and you heard all the bad reports about ejector plate pins and barrel bands breaking on SBE's, what would your decision have been....


I heard of these isolated issues with the bar type ejector but did not have any come thru my shop with problems. I had several SBE's Heckler and Koch imported versions and early Benelli with no issues and run the crap out of them. They have changed the design of the ejector from a bar to a stamped plate and that was long before the SBE II / M2 came out. Unlike Remington and some others I do not know of Benelli Ever having to recall their guns. There was a rumor of a Nova recall but we were never officially notified of it.

You will always find someone that had issues with just about anything so get the gun you like and enjoy it. :thumbsup:


A simple search of the various forums will quickly yield more than a few isolated incidents with both the pin issues and barrel band failures. The pin broke on my 1995 H&K SBE (@<200 rounds) and there were no replacements available as (according to the gunshop) so many were breaking, Benelli couldn't keep them in stock. According to the largest Benelli dealer in this area, Breda was actually initially manufacturing the SBE, under consignment from Benelli. Several seasons ago, Legacy Sports had them (Breda's) listed in their catalog, under the Breda nameplate.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby waubamikrider » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:01 pm

I've had them all or have shot them all.

Beretta A400(with kick off cubed or whatever) is the softest shooting of the bunch period.

The SBE's and Vinci's (super or otherwise) Are the hardest kicking.

All of them will fail if you don't maintain/clean them regularly. PERIOD! The guys that state things like "my versa max never jams and I've never cleaned it" are full of BS. or they don't really use there gun much. I love my A400 and M2, but I've had them Jam when I didn't have the time to clean them.

Remington quality is piss poor. But usually good enough to work.

There all good guns. I think you should get what feels right for you and what will fit your budget. Its hard to tell a guy to buy a A400 over a Versamax when they are almost twice the price.

As far as I'm concerned, Benelli and Beretta are at the top. The Winchester and Brownings are 2nd, and the Remingtons are last. But thats the way they are priced too. So it is kinda a get what you pay for situation here.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby TXducksanddeer » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:41 pm

I would be too. They are made of beer cans.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby Batsto » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:41 pm

Buy what you want... I would read some bad and good reviews about the mossberg 930 waterfowl edition. Solid gun and no problems! Picked it up last year and have hunted ducks and pheasants 20 plus trips out
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby waterfowlhunter » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:45 pm

everythings ducky wrote:The gas system is the newest technology.


It is a copy of the Benelli M4 (been around for many years) but with a couple of extra ports added for regulation of gas based on shell size. :thumbsup:

I will probably buy a used one to play with at some point.
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby BurninPowder » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:31 pm

waterfowlhunter wrote:I like the look and "idea" of the Versamax but will not own one as they just feel cheaply built

waterfowlhunter wrote:I will probably buy a used one to play with at some point.

I'm confused...Just come out and say it "you want one" :biggrin:
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby waterfowlhunter » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:46 pm

BurninPowder wrote:
waterfowlhunter wrote:I like the look and "idea" of the Versamax but will not own one as they just feel cheaply built

waterfowlhunter wrote:I will probably buy a used one to play with at some point.

I'm confused...Just come out and say it "you want one" :biggrin:


I want one because I want one of every gun :thumbsup: I have MP153's had 935's, Escorts, and many other cheap off brand semi-autos. I just like guns, but the Versamax just feels Baikal cheap with a Benelli price tag. :no: When I can pick a nice used one up for $450 I will get it. :biggrin:
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Re: scared to buy a versa max

Postby BurninPowder » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:16 pm

I have a similar affliction... I tend to gravitate towards more quality firearms, yet it seems quality has become very subjective. While I agree the action on the VM is not as refined as my SX1 or 1100... the reliability of the VM with the variety of loads has been most impressive to myself. Anything from 7/8oz light trap loads to 2oz turkey loads in temperatures from 95 to 15 degrees without malfunction is hard to deny. IMO reliability is paramount, when I have waded through 2 miles of swamp land in 15 degree weather to my favorite honey hole. I wish you well on your quest to a $450 VM my friend. :thumbsup:
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