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 Post subject: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:51 pm 
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I've been getting a ton of suggestions for the Remington V3 in other boards on this forum referencing guns in the same category. I am more interested in the Versa Max due to the increased chamber size. Curious why the Versa Max doesn't get the amount of recommendations the V3 does, am I missing something? At this point I am heavily leaning toward getting a regular black synthetic versa max.




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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:59 pm 
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jmmiller41385 wrote:
I've been getting a ton of suggestions for the Remington V3 in other boards on this forum referencing guns in the same category. I am more interested in the Versa Max due to the increased chamber size. Curious why the Versa Max doesn't get the amount of recommendations the V3 does, am I missing something? At this point I am heavily leaning toward getting a regular black synthetic versa max.


The V3 has a better trigger, handles better, weighs substantially less, and costs less as a bonus. No one actually needs a 3-1/2 inch chamber. Any number of 3 inch loads radically outperform 3-1/2 inch steel loads.

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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:58 pm 
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Reasonable answer. What about the reliability aspects of each. They run the same action I'm sure there are outliers but should be similar in reliability right?

Considering the 3 inch vs 3.5 inch situation I may stay out the the market for a new gun altogether. I have a circa 1970 870 wingmaster that goes bang every time without issue and eats 3 inch shells. I don't need two guns that would serve the same purposes. It would save money. I figured if I was going to get a new shotgun I might as well add the 3.5 inch capability and gain something on that front but apparently not.

Thanks for the advice.


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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:19 pm 
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but ill tell you what that waterfowl pro with the patriot brown cerakote and the real tree timber at that price tag might convince me to make a move. I'll have to find one and see how it comes up. Ill keep you posted.


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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:20 pm 
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jmmiller41385 wrote:
They run the same action


Not really. They both use dual gas pistons, but that is about it.

They don't use the same action at all. Nor do they use the same barrels, stocks, triggers, shell elevators, etc., etc. The V3 has it's own. distinct, action designed from scratch. Not even the choke tubes are the same.

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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:58 pm 
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That's a big plus it takes the same chokes as an 870, no need to replace my aftermarket chokes.


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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:04 pm 
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The only reason I even looked at the VersaMax was the left handed model that would be appropriate for target shooting. Now that I can’t find it anymore on their website, I agree that the V3 makes as much sense. No lefty models for targets. The only lefty I see now is a tactical model.

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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:26 pm 
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I would think that sooner or later they’ll bring out a lefty in the v3. Could be another year, 2 or more though. I will say I had the waterfowl versa Max with the rubber grips. It was a great gun but for the reasons Randy stated above… Once I got the V3 I never touched the versa Max anymore and sold it.

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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
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There are some features of the Versamax I prefer. 3.5” shells isn’t one of them. But the overmolded rubber grips sure are. V3 walnuts have nice grippy checkering (ugly shape, but nicely cut), but the synthetics’ stippling leaves a lot to be desired functionally.


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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:02 am 
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Had lh vm first, I also had used 870 since 1982 ish,,could not get used to lh gun,,although my vm was being repaired most of the time I owned it so I never got any hunting time with it for the year I owned the lemon...remington traded me a v3 waterfoul pro ,,great gun feels like a lightweight 870 automatic..had small issue with shell lifter slightly sticking which. Never caused an issue but I was concerned ,called remington,they sent me a new trigger assembly free no sticking at all..highly reccomend v3 over vm..you'll definitely notice less recoil than your 870


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 Post subject: Re: V3 vs Versamax
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:26 am 
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kuffs06 wrote:
I would think that sooner or later they’ll bring out a lefty in the v3. Could be another year, 2 or more though. I will say I had the waterfowl versa Max with the rubber grips. It was a great gun but for the reasons Randy stated above… Once I got the V3 I never touched the versa Max anymore and sold it.

Don’t hold your breath.



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