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Cleaning, Lubrication, and Maintenance

WARNING! Before cleaning, make sure your firearm is completely unloaded (both the chamber and the magazine) and engage the safety by placing the safety mechanism in the “ON” or "SAFE" position.

Overview

Routine maintenance is essential to keeping your Autoloading VERSA MAX firearm in top condition for years to come.

Lubrication:

Over-lubrication should be avoided at all times. A light application of RemTM Oil helps to prevent rusting.

WARNING! Excessive use of a lubricant could adversely affect the function and safe operation of your firearm. Failure to properly maintain your firearm can not only damage your firearm, it can expose you and others to unnecessary risks of personal injury or death.

01vmmaint.pngWhen the firearm is to be stored, it should be carefully cleaned and thoroughly oiled. Outside metal surfaces should be wiped with RemTM Oil occasionally. When the firearm is to be reused, all excess lubrication must be removed. The chamber and bore must be thoroughly wiped dry.

For safe and dependable operation of your firearm, the barrel and action must be cleaned periodically. Remington recommends using Remington cleaning products and lubricants or their equivalents.

WARNING! The use of a non recommended lubricant or cleaner could adversely affect the function and safe operation of your firearm. Do not use congealing lubricants. The use of non-congealing lubricants such as Rem™ Oil is strongly recommended.

NOTE: Remington’s Rem™ Oil is available from your local dealer. If your dealer is out of stock, ask the dealer to order Rem™ Oil from the Remington Distributor.

WARNING! After each use, follow the lubrication and maintenance directions in this Owner’s Manual. If the firearm is immersed in water, it must be thoroughly cleaned and lubricated as soon as possible. In case of saltwater immersion, first flush all parts with fresh water, then dry, clean and lubricate the firearm. If the firearm does not function properly, have it checked and repaired by a Remington Authorized Repair Center before further use. Failure to follow these instructions may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious personal injuries
or death.

CAUTION: The chamber and bore should be cleaned before loading and firing the firearm the first time.

To Disassemble the Firearm for Cleaning:

CAUTION: The Versa Max firearm should NOT be disassembled beyond what is described in this manual, except by the factory or a Remington Authorized Repair Center.

WARNING! Unload the firearm before cleaning. Look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no cartridges in the firearm. Always wear eye protection when handling, disassembling and reassembling the firearm.

02vmmaint.pngTo Remove the Barrel:

  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.”
  4. With the bolt locked open, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine making sure the shotgun is completely unloaded.
  5. Remove the magazine cap by turning it counterclockwise.
  6. Remove the fore-end from the magazine by sliding it forward.
  7. While holding the barrel above the barrel ring, pull the barrel from the receiver.

To Remove the Gas Pistons:

  1. With the barrel removed from the receiver, remove both gas cylinder plugs by turning counterclockwise using the 3/16 Cylinder Plug Wrench provided in packaging. See Picture 19.
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  2. Remove the gas pistons from the muzzle end of the gas block. See Picture 20.
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To Remove the Trigger Assembly:

  1. While holding the operating handle, push the bolt release then slowly let the bolt move forward.
  2. Tap out the trigger plate pin with a drive punch. See Picture 21.
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  3. Remove the trigger plate from the receiver by pushing the bolt release while pulling the trigger plate downward from the receiver. See Picture 22.
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To Remove the Bolt Assembly:

  1. With the bolt fully forward, the barrel and trigger plate removed, pull the operating handle outward from the bolt.
  2. Remove the bolt assembly from the receiver by sliding it forward.

To Disassemble the Bolt Assembly:

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

  1. While holding the firing pin in place with one hand, remove the firing pin retaining pin by pulling it outward from the bolt. See Picture 23.
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  2. Remove the firing pin and firing pin spring from the rear of the bolt assembly.
  3. Turn the bolt assembly upside down to remove the bolt cam pin.
  4. Pull the bolt head from the bolt body.

To Clean the Barrel:

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  1. Use the instructions and equipment provided in a quality cleaning kit such as a Remington Cleaning Kit. For recommendations, see your dealer or a Remington Authorized Service Center.
  2. Saturate cleaning patch with Brite Bore™ or equivalent.
  3. Attach the patch to a cleaning rod tip.
  4. Pass the patch through the bore from the chamber end to the muzzle several times, removing loose residue and fouling.
  5. Select the correct gauge cleaning brush and attach a brush to the cleaning rod.
  6. Spray the bore brush with Brite Bore.
  7. Push the cleaning rod through the barrel several times.
  8. Remove the brush from the rod and attach a tip with a cleaning patch.
  9. Push the cleaning patch through the bore.
  10. Repeat several times using a new cleaning patch each time until the patch is removed from the barrel without fouling residue.
  11. Remove all shooting residue from the barrel’s locking notch and ejector. See Picture 25.
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  12. Spray the gas block, gas plugs, and gas pistons with Brite Bore™ or equivalent cleaner and brush to remove shooting residue.
  13. To dry, use compressed air or allow to air dry.
  14. Inspect the gas plug’s O-rings for signs of wear. Replace if worn.
  15. Push a clean patch saturated with Rem™ Oil or equivalent through the barrel including the gas block.
  16. Push a clean dry patch through the barrel to remove excess lubricant.
  17. Apply a light application of Rem™ Oil to the outside of the barrel, gas pistons, and O-ring with a soft clean cloth.
  18. Remove all excess lubricant with a clean dry patch.

WARNING! After cleaning, Make sure the barrel and chamber are free of obstructions, see "To Check the barrel for Obstructions.”

To Clean the Choke Tube:

  1. Remove the choke tube from the barrel. See “To Change the Choke Tube.”
  2. Brush the choke tube, including the threads with Brite Bore™ or equivalent until clean.
  3. Brush the mating barrel choke tube threads with Brite Bore™ or equivalent until clean.
  4. Push a clean patch through the choke tube.
  5. Repeat several times using a new cleaning patch each time until all residue is removed.
  6. Wipe clean and let dry.
  7. When dry, apply a light application of Rem™ Oil. Include the mounting threads and mating threads in the barrel.
  8. To insert the choke tube into the barrel, see “To Change the Choke Tube.”

To Clean the Bolt Assembly:

  1. Spray the bolt assembly components using Rem™ Action Cleaner or equivalent. Brush if necessary to remove all residue.
  2. To dry, use compressed air or allow to air dry.
  3. Applying a light application of Rem™ Oil.
  4. Remove all excess lubricant with a clean dry patch.

To Clean the Trigger Assembly:

CAUTION: Clean the Trigger Assembly as a unit. Do not disassemble.

  1. Thoroughly spray Rem™ Action Cleaner inside the trigger assembly where specified in Picture 26.
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  2. Thoroughly dry the trigger assembly either by compressed air or let air dry.
  3. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the safety button to the left.
  4. With your thumb on hammer and the safety disengaged, pull the trigger rearward and release, see Picture 27. Repeat multiple times, ensure the trigger returns completely to the forward position each time. Repeat step 1 thru 4 if the trigger does not fully return.
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WARNING! If the trigger does not fully return to the forward position each time it is released, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have had it repaired by a Remington Authorized Repair Center. The use of a firearm that is not in a safe operating condition may result in serious personal injury or death.

  1. With the hammer fully rearward in the cocked position; engage the safety mechanism, multiple times, 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. The safety button must be positioned fully in the "ON" or “SAFE" position. The safety should NOT remain in a position between the "SAFE" and "FIRE" position. If the safety mechanism does not freely return to the full "SAFE" or "FIRE" position, repeat steps 1 and 2. If the safety mechanism does not freely return to the "SAFE" or "FIRE" position after repeating operations 1 and 2, return the firearm to a Remington Authorized Repair Center for an inspection of the safety and trigger assembly.

WARNING! If the safety mechanism does not freely return to the full “SAFE” or “FIRE” position; the firearm is NOT safe to use. The use of a firearm that is not in a safe operating condition may result in serious personal injury or death. Return the firearm to the factory or to a Remington Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Apply a light application of Rem™ Oil to the areas specified in Picture 26.

To Clean the Receiver Assembly:

  1. Thoroughly spray and brush all components inside the receiver using RemTM Action Cleaner or equivalent.
  2. Air dry or use compressed air to thoroughly dry the receiver assembly.
  3. Spray the outside of the magazine tube with RemTM Action Cleaner and wipe clean. Scrub, if necessary, with steel wool.
  4. Wipe with a clean cloth and air dry or use compressed air to thoroughly dry the magazine tube.
  5. Apply a light application of Rem™ Oil to the inside and outside of the receiver.
  6. Remove all excess lubricant with a clean dry cloth.

NOTE: While your firearm has been designed and manufactured to provide improved corrosion protection, only proper care will keep your firearm in a good operating condition and maintain its appearance. After extensive use, the protective coating on plated parts may be worn sufficiently, reducing the corrosion protection. Such worn parts should be replaced to assure the integrity of the corrosion protection. Remington recommends you have your firearm serviced periodically by a Remington Authorized Repair Center ensuring the proper function and replacement of any worn parts. For firearm service see: “Repair Service.”

To Reassemble the Bolt Assembly:

  1. Place the bolt head in the bolt body. Align the bolt head cam pin hole with bolt body cam pin slot.
  2. Insert cam pin into bolt. Align cam pin indicator with the center line of the bolt. See Picture 28.
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  3. Place firing pin spring over the firing pin.
  4. Insert the firing pin and the firing pin spring into the rear of the bolt body, through the cam pin and bolt head, until flush with rear of bolt body.
  5. While holding the firing pin assembly flush with the bolt body, insert the firing pin retaining pin fully.

WARNING! When the bolt cam pin is not in the bolt assembly, the firearm is NOT safe to use. Leaving the bolt cam pin out of the assembly can cause serious personnel injury or death to you and others.

  1. Clean and reassemble the bolt assembly, if the bolt head does not move freely. If the bolt head still does not move freely after cleaning, see Repair Services, to obtain service. Do Not use the firearm until it has been properly serviced.

To Reassemble the Gas Block:

  1. Insert the gas pistons; small end first, into the the top of the gas cylinders. See Picture 20.
  2. Secure each piston in the gas cylinder by inserting the gas cylinder plugs into the top of the gas cylinders. Secure the gas plugs into gas cylinder by turning clockwise. Do not over tighten. See Picture 19.

To Reassemble the Firearm:

WARNING! Always wear eye protection when handling, disassembling and reassembling the firearm.

  1. Insert the bolt assembly; link first, into the front of the receiver.
  2. Ensure the link assembly inserts into the action spring follower at the rear of the receiver. See Picture 29.
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  3. Insert the operating handle into the bolt body until the operating handle detent is engaged. See Picture 6.
  4. To install the trigger plate, ensure the hammer is in the cocked position. If the hammer is not in the cocked position, rotate the hammer fully rearward until it engages the trigger.
  5. While pushing the bolt release, insert the trigger plate assembly into the receiver. See Picture 30.
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  6. Attach the trigger plate to the receiver by replacing the trigger plate pin.
  7. To attach the barrel to the receiver, engage the bolt hold open by pressing the cartridge release. See Picture 6.
  8. Open the bolt by pulling the operating handle fully rearward until the bolt locks in the open position.
  9. Insert the barrel into the receiver and the barrel ring over the magazine tube. See Picture 8.
  10. Place the fore-end over the magazine tube.
  11. Replace the magazine cap on top of the magazine tube. Tighten by turning clockwise until hand-tight.

To Function Test the Firearm:

When the firearm is fully reassembled, a short function test should be conducted to ensure proper operation before loading or discharging the firearm. If the firearm does not function as described in any part of the Function Test, then the firearm should be reassembled and function tested again. Do NOT discharge the shotgun, if the firearm fails the Function Test again, send the firearm to a Remington Authorized Repair Center or call: 1-800-243-9700, Mon - Fri., 9:00AM-5:00PM Eastern Time.

WARNING! Completely unload the firearm before Function Testing. Look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no cartridges in the firearm. Always wear eye protection when handling the firearm.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction throughout the Function Testing 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. 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 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.”
  7. With the bolt locked open, check if the bolt cam pin is installed by removing the operating handle. The bolt head should NOT move, as in Picture 31, if the cam pin is installed.
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  8. Tilt the muzzle downward. If the bolt head does not move forward, the bolt cam pin is installed.
  9. If the bolt head moves forward, protruding into the ejection port after the operating handle is removed or when the muzzle is tilted downward, as shown in Picture 32, the bolt cam pin is  Not present. Disassemble the firearm and replace the cam pin. See: “To Disassemble the Firearm for Cleaning.”
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WARNING! If bolt cam pin is missing; do NOT use the firearm, the firearm is NOT safe. Using the firearm without a bolt cam pin may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious
personal injury or death.

  1. If the bolt cam pin is present, replace the operating handle. Close the action by pressing the bolt release. The bolt should slide forward and lock into the firing position. The hammer  should NOT release.

WARNING! If the hammer does NOT remain cocked when the action is smartly closed, the firearm is NOT safe to use. Using the firearm in this condition may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious personal injury or death. Return the firearm to the factory or to a Remington Authorized Repair Center.

  1. With the Safety mechanism engaged, pull the trigger fully rearward. The trigger should not move and the hammer should NOT release.
  2. To check if the hammer released in step 10 or 11, disengage the safety mechanism by moving the safety button to the “OFF” or “FIRE” position. The red band will be visible. Pull the trigger fully rearward. The hammer should release. The cartridge release lever will move into the receiver.
  3. After the trigger is pulled and released, verify the trigger returns to the fully forward position..

WARNING! If the trigger does not fully return to the forward position each time it is released, your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have it inspected and the problem corrected by a Remington Authorized Repair Center. Using the firearm in this condition may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious personal injury or death.

  1. Open the action by first pushing the cartridge release. Then pull the operating handle fully rearward, locking the bolt in the open position.
  2. Close the action by pressing the bolt release.
  3. Check the disconnector operation by pulling the trigger fully rearward. Hold the trigger rearward. Do not release the trigger.
  4. While holding the trigger rearward, pull the operating handle fully rearward to lock the bolt open.
  5. While continuing to hold the trigger rearward, push the bolt release button. The hammer should not release.
  6. To check if the hammer released in step 18, remove your finger from trigger. With trigger fully forward, pull the trigger fully rearward. The hammer should release and fall forward.

WARNING! If the hammer does NOT remain cocked while the trigger is continuously pulled, the firearm is NOT safe to use. Using the firearm in this condition may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious personal injury or death. Return the firearm to the factory or to a Remington Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Repeat steps 11 thru 19 multiple times. 
  2. Engage the safety mechanism in the “ON” or “Safe” position. The red band will NOT be visible.
  3. With the Safety in the “ON” or “SAFE” position, bolt locked open, and the chamber and magazine completely unloaded, verify the choke tube is present, tight, and secure. Never discharge the firearm without a choke tube installed.

WARNING! Incorrectly assembling the firearm or assembling with modified parts can result in damage to your firearm, personal injury or death to you or others. Remington recommends all service and replacement of components be performed by a Remington Authorized Repair Center. If a repair or component replacement was not completed by a Remington Authorized Repair Center we recommend that you have your firearm checked by an Authorized Repair Center. See Getting Parts and Service, for a Remington Authorized Repair Center nearest you.

The firearm owner and user must accept full responsibility for the correct reassembly and functioning of the firearm after disassembly or replacement of parts.
 

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