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    Default Savage Stevens 520-Anyone Own One?

    I won a Gunbroker Auction this weekend for a variation of the Savage Stevens 520 pump shotgun. Does anyone have one of these?

    In researching it, I found that it was pressed into service as a riot/trench gun in WWII and it and its later 620 cousin also went to Vietnam. Another variation was the Stevens 77, which I gather was probably the most often seen shotgun in VN.

    It was made by Savage/Stevens and was sold to Monkey Wards as the Western Field Model 30 (this is what I bought). They don't have any collector value, but sure look like workhorses! No disconnector, either, so it will slam fire if the trigger is held down. It is also designed as a take-down gun.

    The one I bought has a 32" tube, but I am thinking of shortening it to 20" for an old-school lawman looking gun. Maybe.

    This pump shotgun was designed by the master himself (JMB) in 1904 and has a very distinctive "double hump". Here's a receiver pic of mine.


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    Though they don't have a huge value now they may someday and I'd refrain from chopping anything. I don't recall if they have the removable barrel or not, but if so I'd find another barrel first myself. It is after all a Browning design, and you don't really see may of them around anymore.

    If the gun is in good shape overall, I'd just send it out for a re-blue, clean up the stock and leave it at that. There's plenty of cheap shotties out there that will fill your 20" barrel needs for < $200. Worst case if there's some choke damage/muzzle damage,,,put a Cutts Compensator on it and keep it period. You see those around at shows occasionally cheap and they really work well, I wish they would manufacture them again, there old fashion but really sweat.

    I had an old hump back police Browning that had one and with a 18" barrel and a ex full choke tube I was knocking down ducks and geese at 75-100 yards with it. What a handy blind gun that old girl was, compact but effective at range with the right choke/ shot combo.

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    My favorite was the Ithaca model37 12ga pump gun. I bet there related.
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    I have one of the humpback autos with a 30" barrel. It's a great shotgun! Browning wrote that he thought it was his most successful design.

    I really, really like Ithaca 37s. I like the bottom eject, and the quality of the guns really hasn't changed in the last 75 years or so. They are really spendy here, though. Even the pawn shops will take used beaters and price them as new.

    This particular slider is designed to be taken down, with the barrel and magazine assembly attached to a monoblock that comes out of the receiver.

    I really haven't decided whether I want to chop mine or not. It wouldn't be so much a need as a want. I have a shorty barrel for my Mossberg 500, so it's not like it's a pressing need or anything.

    As you can see, it is missing some parts (the ones I can see are missing are already on order),and I need to evaluate the gun before I do anything to it. Numrich has Polychokes on closeout right now for $10, so I might add one if I cut it. Depending on which way I go I'll either do a vintage hunter-style arrangement like this:



    If I decide to chop it, or find a short barrel for it, it will end up as a very small package and would conceal well. Like this:



    Here's a later version in trench form:


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    Default Update. Been Awhile

    Hi, all,

    It's been awhile since I visited the board here, and it's been a busy year-I moved, and fell into a few other gun projects since I started this thread, but thought I'd give an update on this old Stevens 520 takedown project.

    before cleaning.JPG

    I cleaned up the gun and put it back together to make it shootable. The dilemma above was whether to cut down the barrel or not.

    The cool part is I figured out that I could eat my cake and have it too--I found an orphaned front end that had been separated from its receiver, and it now lives at my house. This means I can cut down the orphan barrel set to 20" and not have to cut down my original 32" tube.

    pic 4.jpg

    I've done quite a bit of fitting to the orphan front end and it fits in the original receiver lugs like it should. I still have some work to do with the orphan slide arm-the little slot that fits in the bolt slide is too big and makes a lot of slop in the action. I may replace this if I can't figure out how to close up that gap.

    Anyway, I've also decided to go with new wood on the gun. I've already fit a Boyd's walnut replacement forearm slide to the gun and am working on one of their semi-inlet buttstocks. That's a PITA, but I'm almost done with the fit up, and will be doing some sanding and shaping to the outside of the butt next.

    replacement stocks 1.jpg
    forearm 1.jpg

    I know I'm putting lipstick on a pig here, but it's going to be a pretty good lookin' pig when it's done, and it's been lots of fun working on it.

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