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doc66
08-29-2012, 8:21 PM
Big 5 sale on a Stevens 320 shotgun. (Pistol grip and full stock) 18. 5 inch 6 round capacity.

Thoughts? on sale for $199 and regular price is $269. Im seriously thinking about it. I cant afford the Remington 870 that I want- but since I just got my first AR and I would like to get an SW M&P 9, considering this shotgun is more realistic.

Thanks in advance.

elSquid
08-29-2012, 8:54 PM
It's always cheaper in the long run to just buy the things you want, instead of settling. Because odds are you'll wind up buying the 870 at some point anyway.

Unless you desperately need a shotgun RIGHT NOW, I'd recommend holding off and saving your pennies until you can get the 870. It's only $100-$200 dollars more - which isn't very much if you've already ponied up for an AR and are getting an M&P.

-- Michael

doc66
08-29-2012, 8:59 PM
It's always cheaper in the long run to just buy the things you want, instead of settling. Because odds are you'll wind up buying the 870 at some point anyway.

Unless you desperately need a shotgun RIGHT NOW, I'd recommend holding off and saving your pennies until you can get the 870. It's only $100-$200 dollars more - which isn't very much if you've already ponied up for an AR and are getting an M&P.

-- Michael


Good advice Squid....:D

joker70
08-29-2012, 9:07 PM
I was looking at that SG earlier this year the last time it was $199 at Big 5. I did some research online and it seemed many felt that a pistol grip on a 12g is bad feature.

RomPirate
08-29-2012, 9:07 PM
check out the maverick 88, basically a cheaper mossberg 500. Ive seen them for $216 before, and have lots of parts interchangeable with the mossberg 500

NorCalXJ
08-29-2012, 9:09 PM
you'll end up with a 870 sometime, as the guy above me stated ;)

AE102
08-29-2012, 9:26 PM
I went with the Mossberg 500 Persuader for $299 because that was my limit and I don't like Remington's trigger guard shape lol

Jimmy310
08-30-2012, 12:05 PM
There are copy's of the remington 870 out there made by norinco....i believe the hawk 982 is one of them.

Also check out the Rock Island Arsenal M5 shotgun, that runs just a bit over $200 and gets great reviews.

SMOKEYMOUNTAIN
08-30-2012, 12:35 PM
the stevens 320 is a total piece of crap. my lil bro bought it on sale with the 10% off guns on sale coupon and returned it immediately.

made of poor quality. slide release button is located in a totally awkward place. slide keeps jamming over and over.

don't do it. save for a moss or remy. i bought the hawk 982 (norinco) and i have absolutely no complaints.

ZOOMST15
08-30-2012, 12:47 PM
I went with the Mossberg 500 Persuader for $299 because that was my limit and I don't like Remington's trigger guard shape lol

Where did you find it for $299? I'm in the market for a shotgun and that is one of the guns I'm considering. thanks

SNCaliber
08-30-2012, 12:55 PM
save money and get a decent shotgun instead of buying it and regretting wasting money

AE102
08-30-2012, 1:27 PM
Where did you find it for $299? I'm in the market for a shotgun and that is one of the guns I'm considering. thanks
From Big 5. Not sure if the sale is still going on, but should be same deal for all of their stores. They call it the Mossberg 500 "Security" model, with 20" barrel, holds 7+1 cartridges.

mvpatriot
08-30-2012, 1:39 PM
check the new ammo bros flyer, they have 2 mossys on sale right now

ZOOMST15
08-30-2012, 3:54 PM
From Big 5. Not sure if the sale is still going on, but should be same deal for all of their stores. They call it the Mossberg 500 "Security" model, with 20" barrel, holds 7+1 cartridges.


Did it have the adjustable stock and shell holder?

AE102
08-30-2012, 7:18 PM
Did it have the adjustable stock and shell holder?

No. It's fixed traditional stock and no shell holder. I added a stock shell holder as well as a Mesa Tactical side saddle.

negolien
08-31-2012, 8:34 AM
I haven't really fondled the Stevans biut I own the Hawk and it's a fabulous shotgun for the cash. people are fanbooys with names but really for a typical HD situation and sitting in the closet 99% of the time these weapons are perfect.

http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee472/Negolien/th_picsnew046-1.jpg (http://s1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee472/Negolien/?action=view&current=picsnew046-1.jpg)

Legasat
08-31-2012, 9:31 AM
Bought my Mossberg 590 at Big 5 for $379 a number of years ago. No complaints, holds 9 shots and goes BANG every time!

BradleyAbrams
09-05-2012, 10:31 PM
I was looking at that SG earlier this year the last time it was $199 at Big 5. I did some research online and it seemed many felt that a pistol grip on a 12g is bad feature.

Care to elaborate..?

Were they applying that opinion to All 12ga Shotties, or were they specifying Autoloaders or maybe applying to Pump-Action only..

I'm asking because I'm just curious..


FWIW, my FRANCHI LAW 12 Autoloader has a pistol grip, and I have had no issues since I bought this gun New, in 1988...




http://www.thespecialistsltd.com/files/LAW-12.jpg


As a matter of fact, I find that the Pistol Grip makes the gun Very comfortable to aim and shoot; this especially so when Rapid-Firing the FRANCHI LAW 12.



Speaking of Rapid Fire - Check out this short Video of a FRANCHI SPAS 12 autoloader ( similar action to my LAW 12 ) unloading 9 rounds in Rapid Fire mode:


LY1bFDeCDeI&NR=1




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Solid Foundation
09-05-2012, 10:48 PM
Pistol grip w/ buttstock = awesome handling

pistol grip w/o buttstock = sore wrist

GFRGFR
09-06-2012, 1:46 PM
I picked up my Stevens 320 on August 31st and I have shot it one time at the range. It seems fine to me - I have ZERO prior shotgun experience. I shot a box of 15 slugs out of it and they all seemed to go where I wanted them to go (They made really BIG holes). The Ghost Ring sights work well although they are $20 more.

I had several failures to extract - but this may just have been the way I was holding the shotgun. I got six 12-gauge snap-caps to practice with and it will cycle those with no problems.

My understanding is that this is a clone of the Winchester 1300 which is no longer in production. I put a medium "Limb Saver" slip-on butt pad on and this attenuated the kick quite a lot (still significant however).

I spent a lot of time trying to decide on which shotgun to buy and then realized that I could never make an informed decision without having some practical experience with shotguns. For $219.99 this seemed like a cheap way to get that experience.

SRD5711
09-06-2012, 10:12 PM
I've got a Stevens 320 and i don't think its a bad gun for the money.

Almost pitched a perfect game with it trap shooting the other day but I missed one bird when the pump action sound acrivated the thrower when I wasnt ready...I went for it and missed. :facepalm:

joker70
09-26-2012, 10:05 PM
[SIZE="3"]Care to elaborate..?

Were they applying that opinion to All 12ga Shotties, or were they specifying Autoloaders or maybe applying to Pump-Action only..

I'm asking because I'm just curious..


FWIW, my FRANCHI LAW 12 Autoloader has a pistol grip, and I have had no issues since I bought this gun New, in 1988...

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Sorry, now that I think about it, the bad reviews were in reference to pistol grip 12G w/o a buttstock. Like one of the above posters said- sore wrist.

bickybiskit
10-29-2012, 4:49 PM
i just got my 320 home! ( 28 field ), cleaned and got her ready for the test run tomoro at the trap rang . i havent shot it yet but it feels alot cheaper than my mossy and i was sad to see it is a single extractor set up not dual . none the less i bought it and i have only observed the slide sticking when trying to make it do so . as long as you rack it harder than a 9 year old girl youll be fine . only mention the sticking because many people speak of this issue . i wouldnt reccomend this weapon for home defence as you can get a mossy 88 or 500 for more or less depending . i strictly bought this to shoot trap and more so for the interchangeable choke tube set up . i cant wait to shoot it but this doesnt seem to be a home defence quality canidate in my opinion .

knucklehead0202
10-29-2012, 10:02 PM
i love that nobody gives these things a chance because of certain little things like "sticking" but if an 870 does it, "well, it just needs to break in" i'd be willing to bet the same would hold true for these. in handling them at big5 myself, i didn't much care for the forend that comes on the "tactical" type one with the pistol grip stock and ghost-rings. the forend overlaps the receiver when worked and didn't clear very well. this may account for the stickiness people speak of. my solution would be to can that POS and put a hogue forend on it. based on the 1300 winchester, this should be an excellent shotgun, especially given the price. work on it and make it your own, it'll be better than any remington turd they're turning out these days. the cheap turkish copies are better than genuine remington now so i don't know why everyone thinks they're the best thing since sliced bread. as it stands, i got my 1300 defender and look no further. if you can, i highly recommend picking one up.

SocomM4
10-30-2012, 12:01 AM
Are you set on the pistol grip (factory) Stevens?

I just got one of the H&R Protector pumps and its really nice for the price,199 and if you ask nice, and show em this coupon (http://images.emaildir2.com/clients/Big5537/2012/10_2012/1019and20_2DAYS/2days_coupon.jpg) they will knock another 10% off. Very solid and lots of bang for your buck. Here is a cool review.
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/12/ralph/gun-review-hr-1871-pardner-pump-protector-12-gauge/

negolien
10-30-2012, 8:36 AM
That's not a bad deal for those people who are monetarily challenged. The PG issue is just that straight PG is *** full stocks that also have the PG are very handy. That's the general opinion anyway. If you can afford to spend $400-$500 get the Remington 870 if you're poor like most of us the Hawk or the stevens are fine.

bickybiskit
11-01-2012, 12:14 PM
when the 320s stick . the slide wont fruckin move and you have to push the shell elevator down . its actually kinda dis heartening but it only does it if you make it do it or your a wimp . i still havent got to fire this damn thing . pos weather or issues with buddies . went by my self but the range was closed wtf .

WildWildWest
11-01-2012, 8:15 PM
Never had a problem with my Stevens 320 with gold bead sight, so far 200 rds of 00 buckshot and 500rds of slugs...

The shotty gets much smoother action after the first 100rds and quite a few rackings :D

bickybiskit
11-03-2012, 5:43 PM
i finally shot my 320 field today . two rounds 15 outa 25 but i blame my scratched glasses haha . anyway . i notice if you have to much forward force on the slide after you fire it sometimes the slide wont come back and you gotta pull the fruck outa of it to come back down . 3 times outa 50 but mostly in the first 25 shots . i bought it knowing that some do this but i am hoping a few hundred rounds from now this wont be an issue . i like the feel and pull of the gun it shoots better than me . you get what you pay for . i still have faith the hick ups will go away .

Thefeeder
11-03-2012, 6:15 PM
Care to elaborate..?

Were they applying that opinion to All 12ga Shotties, or were they specifying Autoloaders or maybe applying to Pump-Action only..

I'm asking because I'm just curious..


FWIW, my FRANCHI LAW 12 Autoloader has a pistol grip, and I have had no issues since I bought this gun New, in 1988...




http://www.thespecialistsltd.com/files/LAW-12.jpg


As a matter of fact, I find that the Pistol Grip makes the gun Very comfortable to aim and shoot; this especially so when Rapid-Firing the FRANCHI LAW 12.



Speaking of Rapid Fire - Check out this short Video of a FRANCHI SPAS 12 autoloader ( similar action to my LAW 12 ) unloading 9 rounds in Rapid Fire mode:


LY1bFDeCDeI&NR=1




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Rapid fire and actualy hitting ten targets.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpv0yZC3iMM

johnthomas
11-03-2012, 6:39 PM
There are copy's of the remington 870 out there made by norinco....i believe the hawk 982 is one of them.

Also check out the Rock Island Arsenal M5 shotgun, that runs just a bit over $200 and gets great reviews.

Before all the bad press on the Norinco starts. I have one, had an 870 prior to buying the Norinco. It is rougher than my 870 but shoots well. I have about 300 rounds through it, always fires.Most of the bad comments comes from people that don't own or ever has owned one. A little trivia on shotgun shells.
12 gauge is 1/12 of a pound of lead. 8 gauge is 1/8 of a pound of lead and so on.

WildWildWest
11-03-2012, 6:53 PM
Before all the bad press on the Norinco starts. I have one, had an 870 prior to buying the Norinco. It is rougher than my 870 but shoots well. I have about 300 rounds through it, always fires.Most of the bad comments comes from people that don't own or ever has owned one. A little trivia on shotgun shells.
12 gauge is 1/12 of a pound of lead. 8 gauge is 1/8 of a pound of lead and so on.

This ^ ^

And I know lots of people taking their newly acquired, new or used, to shooting range and fire away without checking(wiping excesiive oil, lubing them, etc.) anything. They're so naive thinking that every weapon should work perfectly as they want them to :confused:

victor1echo
11-04-2012, 4:31 AM
I have a Big 5 $200 NOrinco Hawk Rem 870 imitation -called the persuader. I love it! I really do. It's heavy and solid and goes bang when I pull the trigger. I was going to add some features, but I really like it just how it is. I also doubt I will ever buy a rem 870 unless its a wing master. My biggest complaint is, as of buying it, there was no aftermarket mag extension that would work with out modification. To be honest, its one of my favorite guns, and my third shotgun. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

USMCiscom77
11-04-2012, 6:55 AM
I just got a Mossberg 500 a month ago the "silver" combo with the extra field barrel 28" from Big 5 for $279. At the time, before the sale, the price was set for $399 but the manager must have known it was going to go on sale. He reeled and dealed me in like a real salesman. I was pricing the Mossbergs just because of the good reviews its gotten and the third party upgrades you can make on them. I bought an ATI adjustable stock with ammo holder which the stock folds up onto the barrel. The stock has a pistol grip which makes it tactical. I left the 18" barrel on it and added a tactical flashlight that has a red laser within the settings of the flashlight. Bought everthing on Amazon.com super cheap. The 28" field barrel I sold on EBay for $130. So I used that money to buy the upgrades. I still have the original stock in case I want to replace the adjustable stock. The adjustable stock recoil pad is hard plastic and not rubber. It doesn't feel comfortable. But it looks badass for bragging rights. Good luck on your decision.

frankm
11-04-2012, 9:25 AM
Maverick 88 8-shot just went on sale for $199.

johnthomas
11-04-2012, 12:37 PM
This ^ ^

And I know lots of people taking their newly acquired, new or used, to shooting range and fire away without checking(wiping excesiive oil, lubing them, etc.) anything. They're so naive thinking that every weapon should work perfectly as they want them to :confused:

Every C&R that I have ever bought comes with the standard printed warning.
In the warning, it always says to have a qualified gunsmith check the gun out before shooting it. Most people ignore the warning. The warning is there to protect the seller, not the buyer. I don't take my C&R guns to a gun smith, but I do take them apart, inspect the parts, the frame or receiver is the most important part to inspect for cracks or problems. Of course, the barrel has to be checked and cleared. Even new guns should be checked.

Claybone
11-07-2012, 8:52 AM
Maverick 88 8-shot just went on sale for $199.

^^^^ That is true and Ill be having one of them this Black Friday for a bit less LoL.The Big 5 in Beverly Hills manager advised me he will have two managers working the gun/ ammo counter on that day doors open at five.

And as for the Stevens 320 w/pistol grip, I have one and i cant be happier it shot what i put in it and it hit what i pointed at. It dosent feel as good as an 870 but it went round for round and hit every thing that the 870 did so....

Dhena81
11-07-2012, 2:02 PM
check out the maverick 88, basically a cheaper mossberg 500. Ive seen them for $216 before, and have lots of parts interchangeable with the mossberg 500

^^^This