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A cheap trunk/deer-camp shotgun...the Stevens 320
« on: February 14, 2017, 06:10:09 AM »
This is a short table-top (sans table) review of the Stevens model 320 that I purchased yesterday.

For the price, and its intended purpose, I am very pleased.

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    Re: A cheap trunk/deer-camp shotgun...the Stevens 320
    « Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 08:56:00 PM »
    Good review.   :thumbup1   Thanks for posting it for us.  As always, we look forward to the range report.    :cool
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    Re: A cheap trunk/deer-camp shotgun...the Stevens 320
    « Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 10:08:16 PM »
    I thought stevens were turkish?
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    Re: A cheap trunk/deer-camp shotgun...the Stevens 320
    « Reply #3 on: February 15, 2017, 01:13:00 AM »
    I thought stevens were turkish?

    This one says right on the barrel that it's made in the P.R.C.

    Anyway, today I got out and shot it. It functioned 100%. Recoil also wasn't bad at all. I shot around 30-40 slugs/buck through it, and felt fine afterwards. I was wearing a cotton T-shirt and a TAD gear SF sweater (thicker/wool).

    I sighted in at 25 yards with slugs, and had to adjust the rear sight to the point that it bottomed out to get them to hit where I aimed. It did hit where I aimed, but there is no more adjustment left. Windage wasn't so bad, only requiring about 20% of the sights travel to achieve windage zero.

    Patterns were about what I expected from a CYL bore shotgun using non-Flite Control buckshot, and the slugs landed in a fist-sized group at 25 yards fired from the standing position.

    I was a bit disappointed by the amount I had to crank on the sight, to achieve zero, but achieve it I did, and it's not like it's a super precisely machined instrument.

    Over-all, I remain VERY pleased with this shotgun and plan on killing a deer with it next season.
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    Re: A cheap trunk/deer-camp shotgun...the Stevens 320
    « Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 06:52:55 AM »
    Yeah, I've got a buddy with one and he runs it like a rented mule. Winchester 1300 clones go it's not bad. If I'm right Weatherby shotguns are 1300 clones as well.
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    Re: A cheap trunk/deer-camp shotgun...the Stevens 320
    « Reply #5 on: February 16, 2017, 12:20:41 AM »
    Thanks for the range report.   :thumbup1   As you say, aftermarket stuff is going to be a bit dodgy but if you like it the way it comes out of the box its a pretty good deal.
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