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Operating the Firearm

Overview

Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of the Autoloading VERSA MAX firearm.

To Load the Firearm:

WARNING! The specific gauge and length of shotshell ammunition suitable for use in your shotgun is marked on the barrel. Different gauges and shell lengths are not interchangeable. DO NOT use any ammunition other than the designated gauge and length specified for your shotgun. Using incorrect ammunition in your firearm can result in a severe malfunction of your  firearm or ammunition, leading to personal injury and/or death. See “The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.”

Ammunition:

The VERSA MAX™ shotgun is designed to function with 2 3/4, 3, or 3 1/2 inch, ammunition. If you experience any initial cycling problems with certain loads, we recommend firing a number of cartridges of standard game loads to speed the break-in of your new shotgun.

Always check the cartridge for the correct gauge and length before loading the firearm. To find additional ammunition information, see the Remington catalog or visit the Remington website at www.remington.com.

WARNING! Do not apply oil, grease, or any lubricants to cartridges.

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To Fully Load the Firearm:

WARNING! Always check the cartridge for the correct designation before loading the firearm.

Caution: The bore should be cleaned before loading the firearm the first time. Follow the cleaning instructions shown in “To Clean the Barrel.”

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position by moving the safety button fully to the shooter’s right. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Engage the bolt hold open by pressing the cartridge release upward. See Picture 6.
  4. Pull the operating handle fully rearward to lock the bolt in the open position.
  5. With the bolt locked open, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine making sure the firearm is completely unloaded. If the chamber is not unloaded, see “To Unload the Firearm.”
  6. Make sure the barrel and chamber are free of obstructions, see “To Check the Barrel for Obstructions.”

I. To Load the Chamber:

  1. Place one shell onto the carrier through the ejection port. See Picture 10.
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  2. Close the bolt assembly by pressing the Bolt Release, chambering the cartridge.

WARNING! When releasing the bolt, keep hands, clothing and other objects away from the bolt and bolt handle.

II. To Load the Magazine:

  1. Push up to three (3) 2 3/4” or 3” cartridges or two (2) 3 1/2” cartridges of the correct gauge, one at a time, fully forward into the magazine tube (see Picture 11), ensuring the rim of each shell engages the feed latch and is held inside the magazine tube. See Picture 12.
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WARNING! The firearm is now cocked and fully loaded. Make sure the safety mechanism is still engaged in the “ON” or “SAFE” position. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

To Load the Chamber From the Magazine:

Note: The bolt must be fully forward and the hammer must be cocked before the magazine can be loaded.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position by moving the safety button fully to the shooter’s right. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Engage the bolt hold open by pressing the cartridge release. See Picture 6.
  4. Pull the operating handle fully rearward to lock the bolt in the open position.
  5. With the bolt locked open, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine making sure the shotgun is completely unloaded.
  6. Make sure the barrel and chamber are free of obstructions, see “To Check the Barrel for Obstructions.”

WARNING! When loading, keep hands, clothing and other objects away from the bolt and bolt handle.

  1. Close the bolt assembly by pressing the Bolt Release.
  2. Push up to three (3) 2 3/4” or 3” cartridges or two (2) 3 1/2” cartridges of the correct gauge, one at a time, fully forward into the magazine tube, ensuring the rim of each shell engages the feed latch and is held inside the magazine tube. See Picture 12.
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  3. Release a shotshell from the magazine onto the carrier by pressing the Cartridge Release lever. See Picture 6.
  4. Pull the operating handle fully rearward then release, chambering the staged round.

WARNING! The shotgun is now cocked and fully loaded. Make sure the safety mechanism is still engaged in the “ON” or “SAFE” position. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

How to Change a Chambered Cartridge without Feeding a Cartridge from the Magazine (cut-off)

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “SAFE" position. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Pull the operating handle rearward, extracting and ejecting the chambered cartridge.
  4. While holding the operating handle rearward, drop a cartridge onto the carrier through the ejection port. See Picture 13.
  5. Chamber (load) the staged cartridge by releasing the operating handle.
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To Discharge the Firearm:

06vmload.pngWARNING! Always wear eye and hearing protection when discharging your firearm. See “The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.”

  1. Point the muzzle at your intended target.
  2. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the safety button to the “OFF” or “FIRE” position. The red band will be visible.
  3. With target acquired and the butt of the shotgun firmly mounted against your shoulder, pull the trigger. The firearm will discharge each time the trigger is pulled until the magazine and chamber are empty. The bolt will remain Open when the last shell has been discharged.

WARNING! If a cartridge does not discharge when the trigger is pulled (misfire), keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction and wait one minute before opening the bolt. See: “To Unload the Firearm.”

WARNING! If the “report” of the shot is noticeably softer or louder or any way irregular, keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction; unload the firearm and check for bore obstructions. See: “To Remove a Barrel Obstruction.”

  1. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position by moving the safety button fully to the shooter’s right. The red band will NOT be visible.
  2. With the bolt locked open, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.

To Unload the Firearm

WARNING! NEVER assume your firearm is unloaded to justify careless handling. Always control the direction of the muzzle of your firearm, even if you think it is completely unloaded.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction throughout the unloading process.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position by moving the safety button fully to the shooter’s right. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Release a shotshell from the magazine onto the carrier by pressing the Cartridge Release lever. See Picture 6.
  4. Pull the operating handle fully rearward, extracting the chambered cartridge.
  5. Chamber (load) the staged cartridge by releasing the bolt.
  6. Repeat steps 3 thru 5 until all cartridges are removed from the firearm. When all cartridges are removed from the firearm, the bolt will remain open in the locked position.
  7. With the bolt locked open, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and free of obstructions.

To Change the Choke Tube:

WARNING! Completely unload the firearm before changing the choke tube. See “To Unload the Firearm.”

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position by moving the safety button fully to the shooter’s right. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Engage the bolt hold open by pressing the cartridge release. See Picture 6.
  4. Pull the operating handle fully rearward to lock the bolt in the open position.
  5. With the bolt locked open, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded. If the firearm is not unloaded, See “To Unload the Firearm.”
  6. Place the choke tube wrench supplied with your shotgun into the choke tube. See Picture 14.
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  7. Turn the choke tube wrench counterclockwise until the choke tube can be removed from the barrel.
  8. Select the desired choke tube and insert it into the barrel muzzle.
  9. Place the choke tube wrench onto choke tube and tighten by turning clockwise. Do Not Over Tighten!
  10. Remove choke tube wrench.
  11. With the Safety in the “ON” or “SAFE” position, bolt open, and the chamber and magazine completely unloaded, check the choke tube periodically to make sure it is tight and secure.

CAUTION: Never discharge the shotgun without a choke tube properly installed. After installing a choke tube, ensure the choke tube wrench has been removed.

To Install the Magazine Plug:

WARNING! Check with you local Fish & Game Commission or other appropriate authorities to determine whether a magazine plug is required in your jurisdiction.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position by moving the safety button fully to the shooter’s right. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Completely unload the chamber and magazine. See “To Unload the Firearm.”
  4. With bolt locked open, visually recheck the chamber, loading port, and magazine, making sure the shotgun is completely unloaded.
  5. Ensure the barrel and chamber are free of obstructions, see “To Check the Barrel for Obstructions.”
  6. Remove the magazine cap by turning it counterclockwise.
  7. If required, place the choke tube wrench onto the magazine spring 14 retainer.
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  8. Push down on the choke tube wrench and retainer (approximately) one half (1/2) inch or until you can turn the Magazine Spring Retainer clockwise.

WARNING! Use extreme care when removing the magazine spring retainer, as the magazine spring is under compression. Wear eye protection to avoid serious personal injury.

  1. Turn the Magazine Retainer approximately 1/4 turn. Slowly release the magazine spring and retainer as it is under pressure. Remove the magazine spring retainer. Do not remove the magazine spring.
  2. With the magazine spring in the magazine tube, place the magazine plug into the center of the magazine spring.
  3. Place the open end (end without teeth) of the magazine spring retainer on top of magazine spring.
  4. Push the magazine spring, plug, and retainer into the magazine tube while aligning the magazine retainer detent slots with the detents in the magazine tube. See Picture 16.
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  5. Once the detents are aligned, push the magazine spring, plug, and retainer down into the magazine tube (approximately 1 1/2 inch) until the magazine retainer can be turned 1/4 of a turn, locking the retainer in position.
  6. If used, carefully remove the choke tube wrench from the magazine retainer.
  7. Replace the magazine cap by turning clockwise until tight. Do not over tighten.

Sights:

WARNING! Before adjusting the sights or mounting any telescopic sights, make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and the safety mechanism is engaged by placing the safety in the “ON” or “SAFE” position.

See instructions provided in packaging to change the front sight’s fiber optic (litepipe).

Receiver Mounted Optics:

The top of the Versa Max receiver is drilled and tapped for an optic sight mount (not provided). For optic mounting and adjustment see the instructions provided with your optic sight system.

The Stock Adjustments:

I. To Change the Length of Pull:

The Versa Max is provided with spacers to change the Length-Of-Pull (LOP). The LOP may be adjusted from 14 1/4 to 15 1/4 inches. To install and adjust the LOP, see the LOP instructions provided with packaging.

II. The Drop at Comb Insert:

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The Versa Max stock is designed to allow easy height adjustment of the drop at the comb from 1 7/16” (standard), 1 7/8” and 2 1/8” by changing the comb insert. Order additional comb inserts through your Remington Dealer. See mounting instructions provided with your comb insert packaging.

III. Heel Drop & Cast:

The Versa Max stock is designed for easy heel drop and cast adjustments for improved stock fit to enhance handling performance. By using the Stock Cast Plates provided, the heel drop can be adjusted from 2 to 2 1/2 inches and the cast can be adjusted to the right or left 1/4 inch. If the drop and/or cast is adjusted, the point-of-impact will vary slightly depending on the
shooter’s style.

The heel drop and cast can be adjusted by moving the stock mounting bolt to different mounting holes in the Stock Cast Plate. See Picture 17. The Versa Max is supplied with two Stock  Cast Plates, providing nine (9) different drop and cast possibilities. See Chart 1.

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To Adjust Heel Drop & Cast

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “SAFE" position. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. Completely unload the chamber and magazine. (See “To Unload the Firearm,” page 14.)
  4. With the bolt locked open, visually recheck the chamber, loading port, and magazine, making sure the shotgun is completely unloaded.
  5. Remove the recoil pad from the stock by removing the two mounting screws with a #2 phillips screwdriver.
  6. Remove the stock retaining bolt and washers with a 3/16 Allen Wrench byturning counterclockwise. To adjust the 5 Hole Stock Cast Plate (marked “A”)
  7. Choose the stock cast plate “A” mounting hole (Reference Picture 17) which corresponds to the heel drop and cast desired. See Chart 1.
  8. Place the stock mounting lock washer and the washer onto the stock retaining bolt.
  9. Insert the stock retaining bolt thru the desired stock cast plate “A” mounting hole (See Picture 17a) into the action spring tube.
  10. Secure the stock retaining bolt with a 3/16 Allen Wrench. Torque to 75 in-lbs; do not over tighten.
  11. Replace and secure the recoil pad. Do not over tighten.

To adjust the 3 Hole Stock Cast Plate (marked “B”)

  1. With the recoil pad and the stock retaining bolt removed, remove the stock from the receiver by pulling rearward.
  2. Remove the stock cast plate from the stock by inserting a long screwdriver or punch into the front of the stock. Then push the cast plate out of the rear of the stock. See Picture 18.
  3. Choose the stock cast plate “B” mounting hole (Reference Picture 17) which corresponds to the drop at heel and cast desired. See Chart 1.
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  4. Place the stock mounting lock washer and washer onto the stock retaining bolt.
  5. Ensure the pivot block is attached to the receiver. If not, orient the pivot block so the alignment bosses mate with the receiver.
  6. Install the pivot block onto the receiver by sliding it over the action spring tube.
  7. Mount the stock onto the receiver.
  8. Insert the stock cast plate “B”.
  9. Insert the stock retaining bolt thru the desired stock cast plate mounting hole (See Picture 17a) and into the action spring tube.
  10. Secure stock retaining bolt with a 3/16 Allen Wrench by turning clockwise. Torque to 75 in-lbs; do not over tighten.
  11. Replace and secure the recoil pad by turning the mounting screws clockwise until tight. Do not over tighten.
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