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TECHNICAL |

DOPE BAG

Stevens Model 555

S

tevens, a name owned by
Savage Arms since 1920, is
today typically associated with
utilitarian, value-priced firearms
manufactured and imported by the
parent company. Throughout the
company's history, though, seldom has
the brand graced the barrels of overunder shotguns. Notable exceptions
include the Model 240 and, more
recently, the Model 512. Imported from
Turkey from 2007 to 2013, the 512 was
replaced by the Model 555 in 2014.
Available in both 12 and 20 gauges,
the latter is reviewed here.
True to the "Stevens" brand, the
Model 555 over-under is a workhorse
with few frills. That said, the shotgun's
appearance belies its $692 suggested
retail price; the sample gun wore a
Schnabel-style fore-end and buttstock
crafted from Turkish walnut that
exhibited considerable figure and a
rich, natural finish. Moreover, both the
Although the
Model 555 has
a blackened
aluminum
alloy receiver
for reduced
weight, a steel
breechface
plate is used
to ensure
durability.

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pistol grip and fore-end were adorned
with fine, sharp pressed checkering,
which not only enhances aesthetics
but also aids purchase. According to
an RCBS electronic digital caliper, the
pistol grip measures a scant 1.95" in
diameter at its thinnest point, making
it easy to grasp for even the smallest
hands. The buttstock ends in a 3/16"wide black spacer and 1/4"-thick rubber
recoil pad. As for the fore-end, it has a
finger groove spanning the top of both
sides, and inset slightly below flush is
the Deely-and-Edge-style release latch.
Contributing to the gun's light
weight is a blackened aluminum alloy
receiver that exhibited few tooling
marks and an evenly applied finish. On
the tang is the breeching lever, which,
when pushed to the right permits the
muzzle to tip down (and the breech
upward) for loading and unloading.
Noteworthy is that the lever is devoid
of checkering or other purchaseenhancing treatments. The Model 555's
manual, two-position safety is directly
rearward of the breeching lever. Whereas
an "S" is exposed when the safety is
in the rearward, or safe, position, a red
dot is visible in the forward, or fire,
position. Furthermore, when in the rear
position, the shooter can opt for either
the top or bottom barrel to fire first;
when the selector is on the right side a
"U" is shown, indicating that the bottom barrel will fire first, and vice versa.
Movement of the safety/selector is
both positive and audible. The woodto-metal fit is, in general, respectable,
with no visible gaps between the two;
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however, in places one or the other is
below or above flush.
The Stevens Model 555 features a
single-selective, mechanical trigger;
once the first barrel is fired it shifts to
the second barrel automatically. As for
trigger pulls, both exhibited minimal
creep and similar weight; the top barrel
averaged 3 lbs., 7 ozs, and the bottom
barrel averaged 3 lbs., 9 ozs. Protecting
the trigger is a steel trigger guard of
sufficient size for a gloved finger.
Depending on the gauge selected,
the Model 555 either comes with 26"
(20 gauge) or 28" (12 gauge) chromemoly steel barrels that have five
lightening (or cooling) slots in the joint
between the tubes. Topping the barrels
is a 0.275"-diameter ventilated rib with
a single 0.100"-diameter brass bead for
sighting. To increase versatility, the
barrels are threaded to accept screw-in
choke tubes, of which five are included:
full, improved modified, modified,
improved cylinder and cylinder. Each
choke's constriction is denoted only by
notches. A plastic case that holds three
choke tubes and a choke tube wrench is
also included. Although the forwardedthreaded chokes are deemed "flush
fitting," they actually seat 1/16" below
the muzzle's end.
Unlike the receiver, the sample gun's
steel monobloc showed tooling marks-
particularly on the bottom. Likely to
improve aesthetics, the bloc's sides and
back were left in the white; however,
by doing so the company increases the
maintenance necessary to keep the
surfaces rust-free. In fact, after only



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