JFord56 wrote:I've always shot Remingtons. 1100's & 870's. I've still got a '78 Wingmaster Mag and a '60's 870 in 16 ga with forearm that looks like a Mod12. I love them and still killin duck with the Mag. I had kicked around the idea of getting a new gun in an auto. I like the Versamax. Price wise it's a Versamax or a SX3. I can't see the moola for a SBE2.
A buddies son has a Versamax. I've shot a few doves with it and a 3.5" Turkey load. I love the feel of the gun, way it swings, and tame kick with the 3.5's. He had the barrel swell right about where the screw in part would stop. You could not get tube out and he didn't have any obstruction or mud or anything in the barrel when it happened. He was actually shooting std #2 duck loads when he noticed it. This was season before last. He caught a gaff of crap from Rem over the phone several times. Finally he asked for supv and they gave him a number and my buddie and his son went thru the story with him. They all swore there was something in the barrel. He was hunting out of a boat. All shots went boom - ducks fell. The guy in the end told him to box it up and sent it back to them and they would see what to do and let him know. About a month later he got it all back with a new barrel. No letter or explanation with gun or by mail or phone? He has never had any issue with it since or otherwise. He loves it. HAs anyone ever herard of this with these guns? Freak or frequent? Fixed issue or ongoing? The reason I ask is I would like to have on and I have heard and seen a bunch of issues with the newer 870's when the QC is questionable on some of the newer guns. Wondered if it was a pattern?
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