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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?
Old 04-02-2011, 11:45 AM
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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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Old 04-09-2011, 12:38 PM
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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.
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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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