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VERSA MAX V/S 1100 REM 12GA

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by kgp912kgp, Dec 4, 2011.

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  1. kgp912kgp

    kgp912kgp Active Member

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    Going to purchase a new auto 12. Just weighing my options. Which is the most reliable. Not looking for less recoil but an auto that is TRULEY RELIABLE. and HARDY TOUGH. Should I go for an older 1100 or a newer "Versa" I haven't heard much bout the newer ones but I do like the look. I have shot 500 rounds out of acouple of 1100's and loved them. Any input on these two choices???
     
  2. TD1958

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    Between the 1100 and versa max. The 1100 hands down. Remington is and will continue to havce quality issues. If you are asking which is the most reliable auto. in my opinion berretta!! Good luck, Tim
     
  3. Robb

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    The older the Remington the better the Remington.
     
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    I have 4 older 1100's and once you get to know them, you will love them. Very easy and cheap to fix should they break down and will function reliably if kept lubed and cleaned every 400 rounds or so. Tokes about 1 minute to wipe down and relube the mag tube.
     
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    1100. Older the better. Regards, Ed
     
  6. kgp912kgp

    kgp912kgp Active Member

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    Looking to do both. I love clays and do hunt around when the oppertunity is there.
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Why not an 1187? More useful than an 1100 because of the gas compensation system.

    But if you want absolute reliability, look at a Benelli Super Black Eagle.
     
  8. Sharp1

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    I would go with the MAX...Cycles all shells 3 1/2 -2 3/4...Can hunt any and all with those choices. Myself im waiting on a slug version.
     
  9. kgp912kgp

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    STS1100,

    I do understand the the older ones are a bit better than the new ones. If I go with the used I would like to find one that has been used very little. I like my year 1979 Rem 870 Wingmaster. When I got my 2009 model I was a little worried that it would not ever be the gun my older one is. After 2 years of shooting the new 870 I have come to love it. So with that said I would not mind buying new gun. I also love the Rem Chokes.

    Sharp1,

    I too love to slug shoot and wouldn't mind getting barrels for the 1100. One for the range and one for the woods. I to would find it great to be able to cycle that range of shell lengths. I would hate the gun and find it a new home if it would not take light loads or even any load I through in it if it is chambered for it.

    THANKS
     
  10. Sigraph

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    I'd get the 1100 (like it better) if you like the other one (better) get the other one.
    You won't be as bad as I am - been looking at 45lc revolvers for about a year and just ordered one.......Ruger.....Taurus......Uberti.....Beretta....
     
  11. kgp912kgp

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    Sigraph,

    THANKS, I NEEDED THAT REMINDER BUDDY!!!

    I'll do just fine with my Desert Eagle .50.

    I haven't even thought much about the 1187 guess I got plans for tonight looking into them. I would like a wood stock don't care much for the composite plastics stocks.
     
  12. Sigraph

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    I shoot (or shot) and still own an 1100 bicentennial trap.
    Step rib barrel, lengthened forcing cone and ported.
    Sweetest (bestest) shooting trap-gun I've ever fired.
    It's priceless to me - shot it at the grand in Vandalia many times.
    Broke my first 100 straight with it - I'll have it till I die.
     
  13. kgp912kgp

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    But wouldn't you rather have the option of being able to shoot 2 3/4" and 3" in the same gun?? I feel that this answered my question I would much rather go with a gun that can shoot a light payload and a heavy one with the same barrel and bolt. Just have to change shell boxes. The 1187 seems to be it.
     
  14. 2500 HD

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    I have a
    1100 feild
    1100 trap
    1100 20 ga lt.
    1100 20 ga Magnum lt.
    LH 1100 trap
    LH 11-87 Premier
    11-87 Super Mag Camo.
    Love them all. And shoot them well!!!!!
     
  15. cbxchris

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    Do yourself a favor. Look at a 391. I shoot everything from 3/4oz to ounce and a quarter. Clean it once a year. I have several 1100's and 1187's. You can also shim the beretta for fit. Its just a superior gun.
     
  16. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well now that you've mentioned you have an 870, then an 1100 or 1187 would make more sense since it feels the same and handles quite similarly.

    What I did for my field 1187s is install monte carlo stocks so they would match the POI on my 1187 and 1100 trap guns.
     
  17. kgp912kgp

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    I have seriously looked at the 1100's and... Just can't see my self with an 1100 and not being able to shoot 2 3/4 or not being able to shoot 3" with it. I use all types of loads and reload many of my own shells in both lenghts.
     
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    Unless you want to invest in magnum and non-magnum barrels, get the 1187.
     
  19. kgp912kgp

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    STS1100,

    I will be sure to go with the Field. I like the look and feel of them much better than the other styles. Hope to get some yotes with it as soon as I patteren the gun.
     
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