Versa Max

The Remington Versa Max is a semi-automatic hunting shotgun chambered in 12 gauge. The Versa Max’s key feature is that it can cycle a load including 2.75″, 3″ and 3.5″ shells with minimum to zero jams—that includes magnum shells too. Remington explains the Versa Max has seven ports inside the chamber that regulate gas pressure based on shell length, so for a 2.75″ all 7 release gases, 3″ has 4 and 3.5″ has 3. These ports allow the shell to discharge with the least amount of energy therefore unnecessary gases expel immediately from the available ports. This feature also helps reduce recoil and maintenance because the gas doesn’t build up inside the chamber.

Other features include an oversized trigger guard, so gloved trigger-fingers can fit comfortably. A TriNyte finish on and in the barrel. TriNyte is a Remington patented name for an electroless nickel coating. In a nutshell, electroless nickel plating deposits a nickel finish on the metal’s surface without using an electric current. This procedure deposits the finish evenly as opposed to an electroplating nickel finish. However it doesn’t have as long of a lifespan. Its stock is synthetic and available in three finishes.

Remington recommends the Versa Max for sport or leisure shooting and hunting small or any winged game.

Late in 2010 Remington issued a recall because some Versa Max’s were produced with “out-of-specification” hammers. Safe models will have a “V” stamped on the inside of the bolt housing (just look through the ejection port). Another way to check if a particular model is faulty go to Remington’s web site and type in the serial number and Remington will fix the model.

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