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Old 09-08-2019, 2:55 PM
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I love my new (to me) Stevens 555 in 20 gauge. Fits me great right outta the box. Running a Skeet choke on top, and Full on the bottom with Carlsonís extended chokes. Winchester 3/4oz #7 steel shot at 1325fps. The damn gun only weighs 5-and-a-half pounds and swings like a dream for quick snap shooting!!!

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Just got back from Yuma dove hunting. My buddy brought his brand new Stevens 555E model in 12bore. I shot off a few rounds. That gun is really light weight. You can’t beat it for the money.
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Old 09-08-2019, 5:17 PM
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Just got back from Yuma dove hunting. My buddy brought his brand new Stevens 555E model in 12bore. I shot off a few rounds. That gun is really light weight. You canít beat it for the money.
The 555 in 12 is gnarly!!! My 20 packs a punch on my shoulder. I can imagine youíd really have to buck up to handle the 12. Iím toying with the idea of picking up the 28.
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I do not need another 20ga.

I do not need another 20ga!

I do not need another 20ga.

Hmmmmmm…"need" is such a strong term.

Side note: I've never seen a photo of a shotgun on a manufacturer's website wherein they left fingerprints all over the blued steel and carbon on the chokes/muzzle. Weird.


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Running a Skeet choke on top, and Full on the bottom with Carlsonís extended chokes.

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Any reason why you shoot the top barrel first?
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I do not need another 20ga.

I do not need another 20ga!

I do not need another 20ga.

HmmmmmmÖ"need" is such a strong term.

Side note: I've never seen a photo of a shotgun on a manufacturer's website wherein they left fingerprints all over the blued steel and carbon on the chokes/muzzle. Weird.


Thatís some serious amateur hour stuff. Damn, those photos are bad.
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Two things. One, typically you shoot the bottom barrel first. Second, you don’t normally shoot steel with a full choke. A better set up would be, IC,LM.
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Two things. One, typically you shoot the bottom barrel first. Second, you donít normally shoot steel with a full choke. A better set up would be, IC,LM.
Unforgiven, can you elaborate why it is beneficial to shoot the bottom barrel first? Just curious as a new O/U owner.
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most o/u's with fixed choke run open choke bottom barrel and fuller choke upper. All mine have that. Only people with intrchangeable chokes put open on top.
I use bottom open barrel for close shots and reach out with upper fuller as bird gts farther away. Maybe just tradition but have never heard anyone doing it different. In fact never heard of fixed choke o/u having different set up.Likely newbie o/u owner bucking tradition (LOL)

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I use tighter choke on the bottom, take that shot first, must be a newbie...
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^^ Absolutely. I guess all the mfgs that put open barrels on bottom got it wrong.(LOL) If I am jump shooting I set elector on tighter barrel which is upper. I personally think it is more accurate and deliberate shooting.
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With my screw in chokes, I run the more open on top with a tighter one on the bottom. For dove, I found the first shot is closer than the second with them flying away after the first shot. Taboo?
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With my screw in chokes, I run the more open on top with a tighter one on the bottom. For dove, I found the first shot is closer than the second with them flying away after the first shot. Taboo?
Traditionally you fire the bottom barrel first in an O/U. Nothing wrong with your method or process just going against tradition.
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Unforgiven, can you elaborate why it is beneficial to shoot the bottom barrel first? Just curious as a new O/U owner.
People run more open on bottom cause itís usually a closer bird. Fire the under first because itís a more horizontal recoil, less muzzle rise puts you in target for second shot quicker. That being said some guys use over first. Hunt pheasant with a guy who uses over barrel first cause after a one shot kill, the gun doesnít have to be full open to reload over barrel making for easier reload....I think he is just a** backwards
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Also, for reasons stated above, manufactures label/note the bottom barrel as barrel #1

With screw in chokes. You can treat it like common core math, and just shoot it however you feel.
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People run more open on bottom cause itís usually a closer bird. Fire the under first because itís a more horizontal recoil, less muzzle rise puts you in target for second shot quicker. That being said some guys use over first.
Exactly. Or at least this is my understanding, as well. But I use the same choke in both barrels for trap, and I sometimes alternate when shooting singles if the bottom barrel gets too dirty or too hot. I don't notice too much difference between the over and the under.
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People run more open on bottom cause itís usually a closer bird. Fire the under first because itís a more horizontal recoil, less muzzle rise puts you in target for second shot quicker. That being said some guys use over first. Hunt pheasant with a guy who uses over barrel first cause after a one shot kill, the gun doesnít have to be full open to reload over barrel making for easier reload....I think he is just a** backwards
This makes sense to me. Gonna set up my gun this way.
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Two things. One, typically you shoot the bottom barrel first. Second, you donít normally shoot steel with a full choke. A better set up would be, IC,LM.
I have a full set of Corsonís extended chokes for the gun- all of which are rated for steel shot. The full was hammering dove outside of 30 yards yesterday on a Barstow morning hunt.

I killed 5 of these birds with the full choke, #7 sized steel shot.

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...Fire the under first because itís a more horizontal recoil, less muzzle rise puts you in target for second shot quicker...
Nailed it.
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Maybe the shipping guy is in charge of Marketing too.

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