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SPECS
IMPORTER: STEVENS (BY SAVAGE ARMS) (DEPT. AR), 100 SPRINGDALE ROAD, WESTFIELD, MA 01085; (413) 642-4260; SAVAGEARMS.COM

427⁄8" (20 GAUGE); 447⁄8" (12 GAUGE)
21⁄16"

15⁄8"
14"

CARBON STEEL,

26" (20 GAUGE), 28" (12 GAUGE); SCREW-IN CHOKES

SINGLE-SELECTIVE, MECHANICAL:
3-LB., 7-OZ. PULL, TOP BARREL;
3-LB., 9-OZ. PULL, BOTTOM BARREL
SIGHTS: 0.275" VENTILATED RIB,
0.100" BRASS BEAD
STOCK: TURKISH WALNUT
WEIGHT: 5 LBS., 8 OZS. (20 GAUGE);
6 LBS. (12 GAUGE)

TRIGGER:
MANUFACTURER: KOFS, TURKEY
ACTION TYPE: BOXLOCK,
OVER-UNDER SHOTGUN

RECEIVER: ALUMINUM ALLOY
GAUGE: 20, 3" (TESTED), 12, 3"

FINISH:

BLUED BARRELS, TRIGGER GUARD

AND BREECHING LEVER; BLACKENED
RECEIVER

FIVE CHOKE TUBES (F IM,
,
M, IC, C); CHOKE TUBE CASE; WRENCH;
OWNER'S MANUAL; LOCK; EARPLUGS

ACCESSORIES:
MSRP: $692

SHOOTING RESULTS (40 YDS.)
FEDERAL, SPEED SHOK STEEL

20-GA., 3", 7/8 OZS., NO. 2
AVERAGE PELLET COUNT: 109
MEASURED VELOCITY @ 3 FT.: 1202 F.P.S.
AVERAGE OF 10 PATTERNS

The Model 555's chrome-moly barrels
feature a ventilated rib, lightening slots in
the joint between them and threading for choke tubes.

being handled several times and a single
day at the range, our sample began
developing unsightly corrosion. As with
most other "value-priced" double guns,
the Model 555 only has extractors; more
specifically, it has a single extractor.
Ejectors, while a nice feature, are a
"frill" typically found only on shotguns
costing in excess of $1,000.
For testing, we first patterned the
20-ga. Model 555 at 40 yds. using
Federal Premium's 3" Speed-Shok steel
load featuring 7/8 oz. of No. 2 shot.
According to the owner's manual, using
steel shot in the improved-modified
and full chokes voids the company's
warranty, so we opted to test it
through the included modified (top
barrel) and improved-cylinder (bottom
barrel) chokes. The results are tallied
nearby. Especially noteworthy was
that both barrels impacted close to
the point of aim, which is indicative
of proper regulation. As for velocity,
at 1202 f.p.s. (bottom barrel) and
1192 f.p.s. (top barrel), the RCBS
AmmoMaster chronograph revealed
that both were slightly slower than the
A simple gold bead is
screwed into the rib,
and choke tubes fit in
such a way that they
are slightly recessed
from the muzzles.

factory-touted velocity of 1300 f.p.s.
Despite being magnum loads and the
Model 555 having a thin recoil pad,
perceived recoil was minimal.
With patterning and
chronographing completed, we
carried the Model 555 afield in
pursuit of a mixed bag of upland
game and stream-dwelling ducks
using Winchester's leadless 3",
11⁄16-oz., No. 4 Xtended Range Hi
Density waterfowling load. Although
the morning proved fruitless, as
the turkeys and ducks remained
elusive, it nonetheless provided
ample opportunity for carrying the
lightweight shotgun. It was quite
simply a joy to tote. Lastly, in an
effort to test handling, we informally
shot hand-thrown clay targets using
2¾", 7/8-oz. Remington Gun Club
Target Loads. In the process, we
found the Model 555 to be quick to
shoulder-the recoil pad isn't overly
tacky and is well countoured-and
effortless to swing; in short, a
mountain or quail hunter's delight.
Throughout all phases of testing,
there was not a single malfunction.
With the Stevens Model 555 overunder shotgun, Savage Arms furthers
the brand's legacy of offering good
value for the money. Moreover, it is a
practical shotgun that should offer a
lifetime of reliable service.
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

MARCH 2015

5

9
23

21

13

14

4

6

= POINT OF HOLD
MODIFIED CHOKE
TOP
HITS

PERCENT OF
PAYLOAD

71
24
95

(65%)
(22%)
(87%)

21" INNER CIRCLE:
30" OUTER RING:
TOTAL:

10

9
15

6

8

10

6

7

= POINT OF HOLD
IMPROVED CYLINDER CHOKE
BOTTOM
HITS

21" INNER CIRCLE:
30" OUTER RING:
TOTAL:

PERCENT OF
PAYLOAD

39
32
71

(36%)
(29%)
(75%)

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