View Full Version : stevens 350 or maverick?

05-31-2011, 4:02 PM
What's better, stevens 350 for $229 or a maverick for $199? Both brand new both 12ga both are american company's but neither one actually made in america or so i hear.

05-31-2011, 5:10 PM
I believe the Maverick is assembled in america, with some parts coming from Mexico. I love my maverick 88, and it was a steal at $199. I believe it's almost identical to the 500, with the exception of the crossbolt safety mounted in front of the trigger (as opposed to the 500's tang mounted safety), and the fore end which is permanently attached to the action bars. I think, but am not sure, that the mossberg 18.5"/28" combos from big 5 have the same fore ends permanently attached to the action bars.

I thought the Stevens 350 was a made in china replica of the ithaca 37.

05-31-2011, 7:12 PM
They both look great for the price, i also heard the stevens was an ithaca copy. It looks cool with the ghost ring sight and i like how it ejects the emptys outta the bottom of it. On the other hand the maverick has the classic good looks and the price is unstoppable. Plus if its made in U.S. that's an attribute i can appreciate.... decisions decisions

05-31-2011, 9:31 PM
Do you want a heavy gun or light weight?

I personally go for light weight.

05-31-2011, 9:31 PM
I have a Stevens 350 I got from Big5 as my first and (currently) only firearm, and I'm happy with it. It seems accurate enough, one of the instructors in a tactical shotgun class said to another instructor commenting on my grouping of slugs "that from a $229 shotgun!", he seemed impressed. :) Some owners commented on how heavy the trigger pull is, having nothing to compare it with I can't comment, but I guess the pull didn't bother me because it went :61: when I wanted it to, what did bother me a bit is how hard I had to press the safety to disengage it. LOP is 14" to 14" which is about 1" to 2" too long for me.

Charles M. Failure
05-31-2011, 10:13 PM
I was looking locally for a Maverick when I saw a used 590 for sale for $295. It looked brand new. Turns out the mag spring kinked all the time. The gunshop did NOT tell me that this has been a problem. I replaced it with a WOLFF spring and the problem has disappeared.
Just so you know.

05-31-2011, 10:19 PM
Maverick...fits most Mossberg 500 parts and u cant beat the price...ive shot 100rds out of mine (factory stock) with no issues, looking forward to firing another 100 down range soon


05-31-2011, 10:48 PM
why when you can get the mossy 500?

If you are in the OC area go to bolsa gunsmithing. They sell the 870 express in 12 or 20 for 269. It is hands down the best shotgun deal around here and beats the pants off a maveric or 500. You can probably sell the express in 5 years for 200-250 and get most your money back if you decide to upgrade.

05-31-2011, 10:53 PM
why when you can get the mossy 500?

because the maverick is almost $100 cheaper and from what I can tell and from what i've researched, offers no mechanical disadvantage in terms of quality.

05-31-2011, 11:18 PM
With the cost of ammo and fuel the price of then gun is the cheapest part of the whole thing. Might aswell spend a few more dollars on the gun IMHO. Seriously a pump gun might fire 100,000 rounds in its useful life. That would cost you about 25,000 dollars over the life of the gun at current walmart bulk ammo price. Even more for quality ammo. Plus the fuel. 100 bucks really is a trivial amount of money relative to the cost of ammo.

05-31-2011, 11:30 PM
Might aswell spend a few more dollars on the gun IMHO.

Not trying to be a smart ***, but what would one get for spending the extra $100?

05-31-2011, 11:53 PM
I'm in fresno so all those sweet deals from turners and wherever are sadly out of my reach. i can spend twenty or forty bucks on ammo here and there but its hard to come up with any respectable money right now. So I'm limited to a few choices on my new SG. For brand new out of the box, i think I'm gonna go with one of these two. Unsure which though

06-01-2011, 10:18 AM
some people get off track, like i said before if it was my pennies on the line, i would for sure get the Maverick(out of those 2 choices)...it does after all carry the Mossberg name at a discounted price, u really really cant go wrong

06-01-2011, 5:56 PM
Picked up the Savage 350 a few months ago and it is a very good gun. Yes its made in the PRC but the quality/fit/finish is actually pretty good and its almost an identical gun to the Ithaca 37. My buddy has the 37 featherlite and other than the weight, they are damn close.

It needed a little oil but other than that, it shoots excellent.

Cant comment on the Maverick other than if aftermarket accessories is on the checklist, go with the Maverick. You will be hard pressed to find much for the Savage.

03-21-2013, 5:19 PM
Made in USA..........all I need to know. Maverick for me,

03-21-2013, 5:32 PM
Maverick. Mossy 500 in disguise.

03-22-2013, 8:49 AM
Maverick, all day.