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Old June 1st, 2016, 10:30 AM   #1
 
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Just got a Stevens

I just bought an old Stevens, single shot 12 gauge for my kids to use. I need to put a recoil pad on it before I let them shoot it, it bruised my shoulder when I shot it at the range. Just bare wood against your shoulder. Its a simple break open single shot, hammer must be cocked to fire. Good kids gun. I paid $125. Not bad for the money. Anyone else ever had a Stevens? Did I make a good choice?



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Stevens shotguns are not known for their gentle nature. I had a 311A that kicked my butt. All it had was a thin plastic butt plate. Sure had a lot of fun shooting it though.
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Not a Stevens but I just bought a Savage single in 16ga. I absolutely love single shots and I'm not sure why. Just a tube on some wood. Had a Stevens and there was nothing at all wrong with it. Good turkey guns.
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My dad has a Stevens 311 (I think) 16 gauge side-by-side. It is a blast to shoot, recoil isn't bad. Too bad 16 gauge is hard to find anymore- they were lower recoil than a 12, more power than a 20, kind of a nice balance.

I've shot a Stevens single shot 20 gauge, I'd rather run 12 gauge magnums through my 870, they kick about the same but sling more lead faster. When recoil is equal, give me the more powerful firearm.
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I would load it with light loads to start.
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The "Savage-Stevens-Fox" line has been around for decades. The single shot, break-open shotguns were known as "utility guns" and at one time could be had in 12, 16, 20, 28 ga. and .410 bore. Many a farmer kept one for "critters big, small, two or four legged" as needed. Affordable and equally durable, countless young folks learned to shoot and hunt with them and, if money was tight, the single-shot served as an adult's game-getter as well.

The Stevens guns had the external hammer while the Savage version ( model 220 ) was hammerless. All were soundly-made in the USA and sadly, are no longer in production.

Enjoy your Stevens. You did well. Keep in mind, however, that...as you noted...being lightweight, the 12 does recoil a bit.

I still shoot single-shots a bit...a 20 Stevens, 16 Winchester 37 and 12 Winchester 37. They're fun and do what they're intended to do. My 16 in particular has dropped an assortment of critters and game since I bought it, new, in early winter of 1965 for $25.
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$125? How could it be a bad choice?
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how smooth is the break? I had a double that was like weight-lifting... Turkish made
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how smooth is the break? I had a double that was like weight-lifting... Turkish made
Breaking open the barrel is easy. My 10 year old can do it. Just push the button in front of the trigger guard and wala. I just need to get a good rubber recoil pad for it.
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My first gun many years ago was a stevens 28 ga single shot. I still have it. My pick up truck wouldn't carry all the rabbits and squirrels that gun has taken.
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You could try a Limbsaver 'Airtech' slip on recoil pad. I have a Radom Works Mosin Nagant M-44 carbine that just destroyed my shoulder the first time I took it out. I got the Airtech for it and the difference is night and day. That beast became fun to shoot and you don't have to alter the gun..less than $20 at Walmart.
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I own a 410 Savage/Stevens model 94C, that I bought from a friend about 20 years ago for $30.
I remember he was buying a Benelli for duck hunting, and was selling off all his old guns.
It is effective in my efforts at rabbit control, and still looks and shoots nicely.

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I bought me a Savage Stevens model 320, 12 Ga. Pump shotgun with Stock & Pistol grip on 6/28/16. I haven't shot it yet.


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You could try a Limbsaver 'Airtech' slip on recoil pad. I have a Radom Works Mosin Nagant M-44 carbine that just destroyed my shoulder the first time I took it out. I got the Airtech for it and the difference is night and day. That beast became fun to shoot and you don't have to alter the gun..less than $20 at Walmart.
Gracias. I got it and it works great.
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I bought a Stevens 16 gauge Plastic stock single shot and some Low base shells - Looking forward to shooting it!
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