I use a Stevens to hunt with when I visit a friend in AL. It shoots as good as any of the pumps I own. His is an older gun. Several of my neighbors have Stevens shotguns. I never hear them complain about their gun and as far as I know none of them have broke.
rb522 is correct. You can go to Walmart and purchase a Mossberg 500 for $50/$60 more. If you buy either gun I would get a combo. A combo is the gun and two barrels. Most of the time you get a 28" vent rib barrel and your choice of a rifled barrel or a 18.5 security barrel. Buds Gun Shop sells the Stevens combo's. You can check the price and see what barrels are available. When you buy online if the vendor is out of state you don't have to pay sales tax. No sales tax offsets the cost of an FFL.
I know the Mossberg 500 combo will be in the $300 range. You can order a Mossberg 500 combo through Walmart. The combos are a great bargain. if you buy the barrel separately it will cost at least $75 used. The rifled barrel for a mossberg is around $150 new. I would avoid the cantilever scope mounts for either gun. I have heard a lot of complaints about cantilevers of all makes and models of shotguns. If you want to remove the scope quickly just get a saddle mount.
Last edited by John_Deer; 09-23-2013 at 04:52 AM.