Stevens Model 555 Silver

Stevens Model 555 Silver Over/Under Shotgun

$600.00

Stevens Model 555 Silver Over/Under Shotgun

(2 customer reviews)

$600.00

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Stevens Model 555 Silver- Savage® has earned a reputation for producing economical, well-built arms, and that tradition continues with the Stevens Model 555 Silver Over/Under Shotgun. The 555 is made with a lightweight aluminum-alloy receiver with a steel insert centered right over the firing pin holes that reinforces the standing breech to handle any load. The barrels are made from carbon steel, chrome lined for enhanced pattern uniformity, and are topped with a ventilated rib with 1 brass bead front sight. The barrels hinge on steel trunnions instead of a full-length hinge pin, and auto ejectors clear chambers quickly for rapid reloading. The Model 555 has mechanical triggers, which set the trigger on the second barrel when the trigger for the first barrel is pulled; unlike inertia triggers, which set the second trigger off the recoil of the first shot. With mechanical triggers, if the first barrel doesn’t fire, the shooter only has to pull the trigger again for the second barrel to fire. The easy-to-activate tang safety also acts as a barrel selector. The Savage Stevens Model 555 Silver Over/Under Shotgun has a handsome, oil finished, checkered, Turkish walnut stock and blued barrels. Comes with 5 screw-in choke tubes.

 

  • Lightweight aluminum-alloy receiver
  • Carbon steel, chrome-lined barrels
  • Ventilated rib with brass bead sight
  • Tang safety/barrel selector
  • Oil finished walnut stock
  • Mechanical triggers

Stevens Model 555 Shotgun Review

Stevens firearms have been going strong for 150 years. Joshua Stevens and two backers, James Taylor and W.B. Fay, founded J. Stevens & Co. in the “gun valley” near Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, in 1864. The firm’s first product was a single-shot pistol with a tip-up action. The company ultimately produced a variety of iconic firearms, such as a line of falling-block rifles marketed under such colorful names as “Crack Shot,” “Favorite,” and “Little Scout.” Also produced was an eclectic array of oddball cartridges, including the .25 Stevens, .25 Stevens Short, .25-21, .21-21, and .25-25.

Savage Arms purchased the firm in 1920, and the Stevens brand has flourished for decades under the Savage banner. Stevens always had a reputation for producing economical but well-built arms, and that tradition continues today. The new Model 555 over-under shotgun is true to that tradition.

Model 555 Features

The Model 555 is made in Turkey. Many firearmsmanufacturers” in Turkey are really just assemblers, but the company building the Model 555 manufactures the components for its guns, so it has complete control over things from start to finish. As we well know, the quality of Turkish guns ranges from delightful to deplorable. I am happy to report that the new Model 555 is delightful. Stevens Model 555 Silver

 

The Model 555 is offered in 12 and 20 gauges. The gun has a lightweight aluminum-alloy receiver with a unique steel insert centered right over the firing pin holes that reinforces the standing breech. The result is a delightfully lightweight and handy shotgun that will handle any load.

Shooting Times received one of each gauge for review. The 12-gauge Model 555 weighed only 6.5 pounds, and the 20 gauge was an even lighter 5.5 pounds. The action depth is shallow, as the barrels hinge on steel trunnions instead of a full-length hinge pin. The safety is manual (which I like) and incorporates the barrel selector. The trigger is mechanical, so if barrel one doesn’t go off, just squeeze the trigger again for barrel two.

Speaking of the trigger, the ones on the Model 555s I test-fired for this report are about as good as I’ve ever encountered. They are nice and crisp and have just the right pull weights for field shooting. The 20 gauge’s trigger broke at a bit over 5 pounds, and the 12 gauge’s measured about 6.5 pounds.

The Model 555 has a sturdy extractor that elevates both shells, either loaded or empty, high enough for easy removal and allows handloaders to easily salvage every empty. Significantly, the actions are sized for their respective gauges; there’s no “one size fits all” philosophy here.

The finish on the alloy receiver is a lustrous matte black that is very uniform and meshes well with the matte bluing on the steel barrels. All in all, it makes for a very attractive finish.

The barrel lengths are 26 inches for the 20 and a nominal 28 inches for the 12 (the 12-gauge barrels actually measured 27.875 inches). They are topped off with a raised 0.275-inch ventilated rib and have a brass bead front sight. Ventilated side ribs add a touch of class and functional barrel cooling. The 3-inch chambers and bores are chrome lined, and a set of five screw-in choke tubes (C, IC, M, IM, F) is included.

Whenever I touch the metal part of a gun, I am reminded of what my old friend Myron Feemster used to say: “Ya know why they put wood on a gun? For a handle!” Well, the “handles” on the Model 555s are pretty nice (with one exception, which I’ll get to shortly). Crafted of Turkish walnut, they sport fine checkering that is 18 lines per inch, and there is adequate coverage on the fore-end and pistol grip for a good handhold when shooting. The stocks on ST’s sample guns show a modicum of figure and have a nice semigloss oil finish.

I think the stock dimensions will be just about right for a lot of shooters. When I first shouldered the 20 gauge, I was sure the drop was too great. As it turned out, both guns hit right where I was looking. Stevens Model 555 Silver

Range & Field Performance

For testing, I rounded up a passel of factory loads and a few of my favorite handloads and headed to my shooting range. I also shot a few representative loads on my steel pattern plate. The patterns from both the 20- and 12-gauge versions were very evenly distributed, and the points of impact were pretty much dead center, so these 50-50 patterns make them eminently suitable for their intended role as field guns.

As expected, all loads functioned perfectly, and there were no malfunctions of any kind. Also as expected, the heavier loads kicked like an irate wildebeest in the lightweight guns. (Note to Self: Avoid 3-inch loads whenever possible!)

The dove and teal seasons were open during my tests, so I hunted local feed fields for doves and my pond for teal. While I’d like to report that I slew a slew of doves and brought down a bunch of the tasty little webfoots, alas, I cannot. Only a brace of doves was taken, and the shifty little ducks simply refused to participate in my “field tests.” I can truthfully state, however, that I never missed a shot at a teal!

While the two Model 555 O-Us were plenty serviceable field guns, they were not without their foibles. Straight from the box, the 20 gauge had a substantial accumulation of scaly, orange rust on the breech, extractor, and inside the rear of the chambers. Some 0000 steel wool, Hoppe’s No. 9, and plenty of elbow grease removed it, but a slight stain remained on those metal parts.

On the 12 gauge, the stock finish on the top left edge of the fore-end was subpar. The wood pores were not well filled; consequently, the stock finish was uneven, and the unfilled pores looked like little black specks on the surface of the finish. These things are purely aesthetic and do not affect functioning.

More significantly, the fore-end latch on the 12-gauge model sometimes failed to engage and properly secure the fore-end; it looked latched, but wasn’t. If it didn’t latch, when the action was opened, the barrels would fall off the receiver. A couple of deft stokes with a flat needle file would easily fix this, but all such issues should have been caught at the final inspection.

While there are a couple of rough spots here and there, the Model 555 is just right for scattergunners looking for an economical yet quality fowling piece to ply the uplands. Lightweight, well balanced, and 100 percent reliable, the new Model 555 is just the ticket for outings with your favorite bird dog. And with an MSRP of only $692, it represents an excellent value at a very reasonable cost.

Gun Review: Stevens 555 E Over/Under Shotgun

A field gun needs to be three things: comfortable, accurate and light. When you’re trudging across Nebraska plains in search of grouse or pheasant, you want your shotgun to point and swing smoothly and naturally without weighing you down. At the same time, if that over/under’s price doesn’t lighten your wallet quite so much, result. Enter the Steven 555 E.

Like so many affordably priced scatterguns, the 555 E is a Turkish import. In my experience, Turks produce two types of shotguns: firearms with impressive aesthetics and excellent reliability or guns with perfunctory finish work and slapdash construction. The 555 E leans towards the former.Which is easy enough to see. Unlike the base models in Stevens’ 555 line, the E (for enhanced) version sports nicely figured laser engraved filigree on its aluminum receiver.The engraving gives the 555 E a higher end look, elevating the gun from workhorse toward heirloom status.The Enhanced version includes upgraded walnut. TTAG’s T&E 555 E was attractively figured and finished to a low luster, with clean consistent wood-to-metal joins.

The E models have ejectors rather than extractors. As a trap shooter, I’m firmly in the extractor camp. For fast shooting and reloads in the field, though, ejectors are the way to go. Stevens Model 555 Silver

The 555 E’s machine-cut checkering isn’t as deep or tactile as you’d get in a hand-cut gun; I’d prefer something a little more aggressive. But what do you expect in an over/under retailing for under $700?The vent rib in on the 12 gauge version’s 28-inch chrome-lined barrels is finished with a brass bead. Side ribs are vented, too. Stevens also offers the 555 E in 20, 28 and .410 gauges.The gun comes complete with five flush choke tubes (cylinder, IC, modified, IM and full), making it suitable for anything from low house skeet crossers to circling teals.

The Stevens is chambered for 2 3/4 and 3-inch shells, but there’s a caveat there.

Thanks to its steel reinforced aluminum receiver, the 555 E is officially rated at a svelte 6.5 pounds. On paper, that’s a good pound to a pound-and-a-half lighter than its budget-priced competitors (e.g., CZ Redhead, Mossberg International Silver Reserve or Stoeger Condor).

My 555 E tipped the scale at barely over six pounds. On the plus side, you’ll be able to sling the 555 E over your shoulder and carry over hill and dale all day long. On the down side, physics being the harsh mistress it is, you will feel it when you pull the trigger.

By giving up 1.5 pounds to its chunkier competitors, the 555 E makes shooting 2 2/4-inch loads something of a shoulder-punishing endeavor. Load the Turkish shotgun with heavier 3-inch loads and she bucks like an amphetamine-fuelled bronco. It’s best to feed the 555 E the kind of upland loads for which the gun was designed.

As for patterning, I shot a variety of target and bird loads, including Federal’s new Hi-Bird #6’s, just the kind of loads you’d expect to shoot in the field. The Stevens produced consistent, even 50/50 patterns. Put bead on bird and that chukkar is yours. Stevens Model 555 Silver

Stevens (or rather KOFS) managed to equip the 555 E with a more-than-decent trigger. It breaks at about 5.5 lbs. with minimal creep. The trigger guard is just roomy enough to accommodate a gloved hand.

Despite being a steel-barreled over/under with an ultra-light aluminum receiver, the 555 E isn’t front-heavy. It’s balance point sits at the front edge of the receiver, enabling easy, natural pointing and swing.Equally satisfying, the tang-mounted combination safety/barrel selector is right where God intended it to be.The Stevens’ 555 E ticks all the right boxes: it’s comfortable, accurate and light. It’s an affordable, attractive everyman’s over/under that looks good at the club and carries well in the field. You could spend more and get more, but you also could spend more and get less. Which makes the 555 E another excellent value shotgun from the former Ottoman Empire — provided you feed it carefully.

Specifications: Stevens 555 E 12 Gauge Over/Under Shotgun

Gauge: 12 (also available in 20, 28 and .410)
Chamber Size: 3 inches
Barrel Length: 28 inches
Total Length: 44 7/8 inches
Length of Pull: 14 1⁄8 inches
Weight: 6.5 pounds

Ratings (out of five stars):

Fit and Finish: * * * *
Attractive engraving and upgraded, figured walnut make for an impressive looking budget-priced smoothbore. You can see every dollar of the $170 premium you pay over the base 555 shotgun models.

Reliability: * * * * *
It’s an over/under shotgun. It fired hundreds of different rounds and reliably ejected the shells. Case closed.

Ergonomics: * * * 
The 555 E’s 14 1/2-inch length of pull works for smaller to average shooters. Larger lugs with longer arms may feel a little cramped. No length or pull or cast shims included.

Customize This: *
Nope. The 555 E is what it is.

Overall: * * * 1/2
Choose your loads carefully, and you have yourself a eye-catching lightweight field gun you’ll be proud to tote across fields and through brush in search of winged prey. Load it with heavier stuff and she’ll pound you shoulder like a .50 cal. The Stevens 555 E gives you everything you’d want in a budget over/under in an impressive looking package. Stevens Model 555 Silver

2 reviews for Stevens Model 555 Silver Over/Under Shotgun

  1. Warsglitch ·

    Bang for your buck it’s a great buy
    The shot gun did very well in tarp it is on the lighter side so and to find my groove but out in the wash hunting dove and quile it did so good super light. I wear gloves and ejector was

  2. Macveexb ·

    Savage OverUnder
    I want to start shooting more trap and skeet. I was looking for a less expensive entry level shotgun with good quality. This Savage meets that goal. It is light weight and stiff but shoots well. I believe it is a very good entry level shotgun.

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