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Old 04-02-2011, 11:03 AM
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My friend picked up one of these randomly I guess last week. I haven't heard much about Stevens. I know he got a 12 gauge pump action. He bought it for 269.00 on sale. That a decent price for a Stevens? I guess he had a chance for a mossberg 500 from the same store for 299.00.

How do they compare to the Mossberg 500 or the 870's? Are they a pretty reliable shotgun. Anyone know if they are made in the US?
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Stevens (Savage) is an excellent shotgun. Have had two of them for many years; one is a magazine fed 12 gauge bolt action, and the other is a 12 gauge single shot, break open model. The bolt action was my first shotgun given to me by my Father, who used it for several years before that. He gave it to me when I was young in the late 60's, so that gives you an idea of how old it is and it still works great today. Can't speak for the newer models.
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I've had to chance to handle one of the Stevens pump actions recently. It was on sale for about the same price. I personally didn't like the action, as it felt loose and shaky, the sights weren't all that great either. For an extra 30 bucks, I would have gone for the Mossberg. I have a 590A1, and I love it in terms of function, and operation. Its all preference though.

To simply answer the question, a Stevens shotgun would probably do the job for home defense, but if I personally was trusting my life to it, I would go Mossberg.
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Haven't had one in awhile but used to be right up there with Rem, and Win.
Used to make excellent double barrels.
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I've got one. It does the job a shotgun is supposed to do.

No complaints here.
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When it comes to shotguns... in my experience, they all work well, and pretty much last forever.
They apparently are all 'overbuilt' and are under stressed.
I'm old (lol), I have shot grandpa's ancient 12 gauge shotguns when I was a kid, .. no bluing anymore, just bare metal rubbed with coal oil (kerosene). Bang every time, put small game on the table. I think folks these days overthink shotguns. They are simple, and they work.
Choke and ammunition are worth experimentation of you hunt. But that's a matter of shooting into a piece of cardboard at various distances to determine pattern.
I don't know.. just seems folks over complicate shotgun choice. I ate rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, ... all taken with cheap shotguns, loaded with waxed cardboard hulled shotgun shells (dad might have had 3-6 shells on any given hunting day).
We also ate fish, ... not taken with $200 rod & reels, but with cane poles and worms dug from the yard.
Time sure have changed, eh.
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Your question is kind of open ended. There are many models of Stevens shotguns. Some are excellent guns built from milled steel and walnut. A few were designed by the all time great gun designer John M Browning. Others however are of dubious quality, pine stocks, plastic and stamped tin parts, and mystery metal castings. While they all may "work" in ideal situations, when the chips are down many of this later type fail. What model, guage, type action did your friend buy?
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Well, I do not have a lot of time behind a Stevens pump. For the price your friend paid, he could have purchased a Remi 870.

With that said, my pheasant/duck gun is a Stevens O/U. She shoots straight every time and has provided some tasty meals.
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Stevens makes a good product, they ahve been doing so for close to 100 years.
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I have a Savage 720, made sometime around the late 1930's and goes boom everytime. The bluing is worn and the stocks are a little faded but it will hit whatever I aim it at and within range..

I'm actually looking for any documentation on it.
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Glad I looked this up tonight about the gun. I picked one up from Walmart today since it was only $180. I haven't had a chance to test it obviously. I figure after I test it, if nothing else it will be a good defense gun for in our Jeep.
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Had 20 gauge CIL/Canadian Imports Limited, loved it. It was a double, with double triggers. I bought a a pawn shop, in a deal on two doubles. I didn't like the Savage at all, but the CIL, made by Stevens was tops. It was the same gun as a stevens 311. I kept it for sixteen years and sold it for double my money. If I hadn't needed some quick extra funds, I'd a never sold it.
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My take is....

Savage/Stephens are like an oldschool pickup truck. Inexpensive, utilitarian, nothing fancy, but they git r' done and keep working reliably forever.

They are my favorite brand of firearm. But I am admittedly a Savage/Stephens fanboy.
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The shotgun on top, thats a Stevens 520 pump from somewhere around 1910, I use it as my go to shotgun. Yea, they are well made.
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I've ben killing game with the same stevens 225 double hammer gun since 1976. Double barrel, double triggers, double exposed hammers, one full choke and one mod and heavy as a tank. I got it used in 76 and its still killing turkeys yet. Stevens may not be the best looking shotgun around but they last a lifetime, or two.

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I can attest to the durability of their 311's (own 3) and their 77(own 1).
All pre-date 1970, still function 100% and I can't see that changing.
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I like my 320 field/ security. I put the quality the same as my Mossberg 500. Only the stock doesn't rattle on the 320

I plan on getting a S1200 soon.
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I also paid 179$ 2 years ago for the stevens,nice to see them keeping the price down for a good,reliable shotgun.
I also have a 500 and 870.
They are all good guns,different,but the same if that makes any sense.
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My shotgun is a Stevens 20 gauge double barrel shotgun that my grandfather gave me over 40 years ago. I love the gun. Being a double barrel, it is a heavier gun; therefore, it doesn't kick. No mercy, it has deadly aim, over the years it has taken out a few predators that had to removed from the land (skunk, possum, raccoon, feral dog, rabid cats, a few snakes). Two triggers, 1 side is full choke and 1 side is modified choke. No hammers on mine, just a small safety lever and a large break open lever.

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Old 02-07-2017, 05:37 AM
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I wonder where they're having it made? At that price it has to be offshore.

The Stevens 520 was a John Browning design. I wonder if the new ones are the same.

Might want to troll around here:

I too have a 20 gauge 311. Reading my history books, I find that it was updated in 1927, and stayed in the line to 1985. Mine was like-new when I got it. Needed a little deburring, but it's been an excellent gun.

When Savage bought Stevens after WW1, Stevens was the largest maker of shotguns in the world. Even going back into the 1890s, Stevens always made good guns, at a low price. I know of a guy who just inherited a 1904 Model 120 double, and after finding a few parts which a gunsmith lost, it's proving to be a perfectly good gun.

The original Stevens company goes all the way back to the 1860s. Joshua Stevens was a toolmaker, and always made a good simple gun right up until he retired in 1896. The company has been through three changes of ownership since, but by all accounts continued to make inexpensive but good, serviceable guns. With the exception of the slide-action "Visible Loader" .22 rifle, which is still a bit of a joke among collectors, who know it as the "Risible Loader".


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