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Jade Falcon
09-14-2011, 20:28
Hi everyone.

I'm thinking that my next purchase is going to be a HD shotgun for my small apartment. I'm on a tight budget, and this purchase would be only when my finances are in proper order. However, since I am on a budget, I'm looking for a reliable, inexpensive, yet effective shotty for defense. Preferrably, no more than $300.00.

I've recently seen the advertisements for the Stevens M350 in the gun-magazines, and I've just looked at their website, and I'm wondering if anyone here has any experience with one of these? If so, what are they like?

http://www.savagearms.com/images/firearms/finder/medium/stevens350pumpsecuritys.png

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/models/

Any input is appreciated. Thanks!

Victoriagotagun
09-14-2011, 20:49
Its a Ithaca 37 clone made in China. I shot one and checked a few different ones at the LGS...they all had really heavy triggers. I also never cared for the bottom ejection.

If your on a budget, I would also look at the Maverick 88 and H&R Pardner pump if you want to buy new. If your open to used then look into Mossberg 500's and Remington 870's.

Jade Falcon
09-14-2011, 20:52
Thanks; this would be a new purchase, not a used one.

Victoriagotagun
09-14-2011, 21:04
Thanks; this would be a new purchase, not a used one.

Your welcome. I would seriously look at the Maverick 88's. Buds has them for $199 for either the 18.5" or 20" barrel models. They are basically a Mossberg 500 with a crossbolt safety instead of on the tang.

vafish
09-15-2011, 07:11
Should be able to get a Mossberg 500 for around $250.

jjslice
09-15-2011, 08:01
I've had both a Stevens 350 with a Mossberg 88. The Mossberg 88 hands down is better IMO. It weighs less, smoother action and the trigger isn't as gritty and heavy

David Armstrong
09-15-2011, 09:22
Thanks; this would be a new purchase, not a used one.
Don't automatically dis the used guns, particularly shotguns. You can often find really good guns at greatly reduced prices.

Jade Falcon
09-15-2011, 20:07
Don't automatically dis the used guns, particularly shotguns. You can often find really good guns at greatly reduced prices.

Fair enough. I'll leave the floor open for a used one, but preferrably, I'd like to buy new. In terms of used, there are two shotguns I'd consider:

-Mossberg 590A1
-Old-school Police Remington (or other brands) with the wood stock and foregrip.

Thanks for the input folks.

jason.223
09-18-2011, 17:40
I picked up a stevens 350 about week ago at BIG 5. Just got home from shooting the gun. 75 rounds of shot, buckshot and slugs. The gun worked great I really like it. I also like the fact that it is all steel gun. For the price I took a chance...seem like a great deal now. I had a moss. 500 plastic trigger housing break leaving the gun usless. I am sure I will put alot more rounds thru that gun soon. I will keep you guys up dated

Jason

buddah
09-19-2011, 06:23
If the Savage is an ithaca clone, does anyone know how to tinker with this gun to make it slam-fire? I always thought it bwas the coolest feature on the old ithaca 37. On that same note someone(weekend gunsmith) on this board must have a simple "you tube" fix for that heavy trigger. We know how Gt'ers love to come up w/do it yourself post and threads.

Vigilant
09-19-2011, 11:23
Never picked up a Maverick 88, but I just had a look at one online. That should be a smart buy for someone on a budget.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=251471918

Jade Falcon
09-19-2011, 19:27
Never picked up a Maverick 88, but I just had a look at one online. That should be a smart buy for someone on a budjet.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=251471918

hmmm! Very nice. Thanks for the link.

Z71bill
09-19-2011, 20:00
Your welcome. I would seriously look at the Maverick 88's. Buds has them for $199 for either the 18.5" or 20" barrel models. They are basically a Mossberg 500 with a crossbolt safety instead of on the tang.

I would buy one from Buds - shipping included -

I would JUMP on the 20 inch 8 shot model. :cool:

Think about it this way.

You pay $200 to Buds + $25 to your FFE

You keep the gun for 3 years and shoot 2,500 rounds

Decide you want a different gun.

You could easily sell / trade the Maverick 20 inch barrel 8 shoot gun and get $125 for it.

But my guess - you will like shooting it so much you will never sell it.

IMHO the Maverick the best value in a HD 12 gauge pump shotgun.

You will have a much harder time selling a Chinese knock off -

If you are really wanting a deal - check out Walmart - mine has the Maverick with a longer barrel on sale all the time for $169 + tax.

I used a 28" barrel Winchester pump as my HD gun for 25 years - no doubt it will get the job done.

In fact I just did a detail cleaning on the Winchester 120 Ranger - 28" barrel - put a new mag spring in & installed the IC choke - loaded with reduced recoil slugs - it sits in the safe beside my Remington 870 -. :supergrin:

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/37_871

Jade Falcon
09-20-2011, 20:03
I would buy one from Buds - shipping included -

I would JUMP on the 20 inch 8 shot model. :cool:

Think about it this way.

You pay $200 to Buds + $25 to your FFE

You keep the gun for 3 years and shoot 2,500 rounds

Decide you want a different gun.

You could easily sell / trade the Maverick 20 inch barrel 8 shoot gun and get $125 for it.

But my guess - you will like shooting it so much you will never sell it.

IMHO the Maverick the best value in a HD 12 gauge pump shotgun.

You will have a much harder time selling a Chinese knock off -

If you are really wanting a deal - check out Walmart - mine has the Maverick with a longer barrel on sale all the time for $169 + tax.

I used a 28" barrel Winchester pump as my HD gun for 25 years - no doubt it will get the job done.

In fact I just did a detail cleaning on the Winchester 120 Ranger - 28" barrel - put a new mag spring in & installed the IC choke - loaded with reduced recoil slugs - it sits in the safe beside my Remington 870 -. :supergrin:

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/37_871

I have a Winchester M1400 with a 28" barrel, and it's just WAY too big for my small apartment. Standing on it's butt, it comes up to my collarbone; that's how long the barrel is. I need something shorter. I am open to those hi-cap 20" barrelled models, but I like the 18-18.5" models better. Thanks for the link!

El_Ron1
09-20-2011, 20:33
I have a Winchester M1400 with a 28" barrel, and it's just WAY too big for my small apartment.

http://photo-dict.faqs.org/photofiles/list/8229/11166hack_saw.jpg

Jade Falcon
09-20-2011, 20:45
http://photo-dict.faqs.org/photofiles/list/8229/11166hack_saw.jpg

I'm holding it for someone until I get paid for a gun I gave him for his job, and I highly doubt he'd enjoy me sawing off the barrel of his gun, lol.

jason.223
09-23-2011, 17:37
50 more rounds threw my Stevens 350 today. Pick one up it's a great shotgun!

Jason