3-1/2" 12gauge. I have a Savage 223 and It does what is does just fine. TTAG’s T&E 555 E was attractively figured and finished to a low luster, with clean consistent wood-to-metal joins. Chamber Size: 3 inches And the manufacturer would allocate that cost over the thousands of shotguns that they would produce. They like them better and can afford them. You made it clear this is in the better category and every review I’ve read on this gun have been four-star or better. 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. Weight: 6.5 pounds Actually that works pretty well on birds dropping into decoys. If it’s in WordPress’ list of font choices, and it isn’t offensive to me or other older folks, I’ll change it. I don’t understand the propensity of people to spend anywhere from $700 to $3,000 on over-under (or even side-by-side) shotguns. • For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Well if Phil reads this, consider it as a reported problem. It fired hundreds of different rounds and reliably ejected the shells. Fore end looks like it came from different lot all together, nice grain and finish. The 555 E leans towards the former. 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. Again, the cost is in the barrels. Stevens (or rather KOFS) managed to equip the 555 E with a more-than-decent trigger. Its matter of taste, affordability, its not that complicated. I have this gun in 20 gauge and .410 bore and have never had an issue. Today I read Phil Bourjaily's comments on the Savage 555 o/u shotgun. That’s by far the most expensive part of a shotgun to produce. After folks were gone, I tried shooting the 28ga again, shot 8 times with no double-firing. I often take it quail hunting instead of my Franchiis or Benelli Ultralight. Both times I did not have it properly shouldered. This answer section does a great job of tracking problems as well as outstanding performance of not just guns but all things outdoor related. I looked over the shotgun at the NRA show in Atlanta and thought it seemed a little light, but talked with several 555 users who were standing around and they all commented that recoil was not an issue. I’ve read about double firings but have yet to experience one after hundreds of rounds. 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. OK, I’m happy to do that. Oh well. Hopefully, someone who does know could offer suggestions. The original 555 hit store shelves about two years ago, and was marketed as an affordable field gun for the hunters who either couldn’t, or wouldn’t throw around the kind of cash required to purchase some of the industry’s ritzier over-under shotguns. I have a Tristar hunter in 20 ga that I have had for probably 12 years and it has been my primary waterfowl gun. That ‘jumps’ right out at you. Unfortunately there is very little difference, sight wise in the newer 555 with the newer trigger an no doubling problem and the early 555 that has the problems. The Stevens’ 555 E ticks all the right boxes: it’s comfortable, accurate and light. My 555 E tipped the scale at barely over six pounds. On the down side, physics being the harsh mistress it is, you will feel it when you pull the trigger. Nice to see you finally have a website, DG. Looks great! Welcome to Field and Streams's Answers section. length of pull for smaller-framed shooters. The aluminum-alloy receiver is finished in matte black, the single trigger is mechanical, and the safety is not automatic. MSRP: $865 (about $695 retail). He stated that he has had no problems reported to him about this gun. Those shotguns are very "affordable." On one morning in our early goose season I dropped 8 Canada geese with it. With doubles, you get what you pay for. Is there a different 12 gauge you recommend similarly priced? Once built, slap two barrels onto the jig and braze/weld away. I'v had my 555 for several years now and have had 0 problems, for the money it's the best over/under i'v ever owned. It is made by KOFS, Ltd., in Isparta, Turkey, and imported by Savage Arms. I have a 555 in 28 ga that is about 2 years old. Mechanically good so far, but shouldn’t have to work on new gun. Their next offering is a 5lb. Is there a Beretta thats affordable?? check out the. Cloudflare Ray ID: 5ed6c2790fee2780 Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Does the enhanced model have the double fire problem like the regular 555 model I keep reading about? This ^. You can pick one up (the plain version) on line for around $550. with minimal creep. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. Thank you for creating an account on Hunt Talk! Stevens has been sending these pieces of junk back to the owners and telling them that there is nothing wrong. So 3 doubles in 6 shots. There may be another motivation. The 555 E’s 14 1/2-inch length of pull works for smaller to average shooters. Recent iteration is the "Drake" - good reviews, but weighs 6.5 lbs, minor(?) Fit and Finish: * * * * Thanks to its steel reinforced aluminum receiver, the 555 E is officially rated at a svelte 6.5 pounds. Thanks. Talk to several people who bought a Stevens 555 and you will find that the gun is notorious for doubling. The text size (point?) They have been sending out replacements on return with a 8-10 week turn around. Maybe you missed the image above that says “Savage Arms-Westfield, MA, KOFS, Turkey”. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. Specifications: Stevens 555 E 12 Gauge Over/Under Shotgun, Gauge: 12 (also available in 20, 28 and .410) It’s an affordable, attractive everyman’s over/under that looks good at the club and carries well in the field. Have any preference in font/size that you find easier to read? If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. the gun is stamped 2 3/4 and 3 in. there is a difference) model is a game changer. I'm new to shotguns in general and own a Weatherby PA-08 as my first shotgun. by American Hunter Staff - But I do love the .410 555 and seem to shoot that gun as well as any other. “Unlike the base models in Stevens’ 555 line, the E (for enhanced) version sports nicely figured laser engraved filigree on its aluminum receiver.”. Load the Turkish shotgun with heavier 3-inch loads and she bucks like an amphetamine-fuelled bronco. Ergonomics: * * *  The Stevens 555 came out in 2014, replacing the heavy Stevens 512. Equally satisfying, the tang-mounted combination safety/barrel selector is right where God intended it to be. May not be as pretty as the 555 but it's now my go to gun in the fall. Sure, making the jig would obviously cost some money. I think I made it pretty clear that this is a Turkish gun. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ for information on posting and navigating the forums. Thanks and a plus one for the heads up. The 555 E is what it is. A field gun needs to be three things: comfortable, accurate and light. The initial run had the basic grade and the enhanced grade, with 12, 20, and 28 gauges available, as well as the .410. Required fields are marked *. And face it, aluminum is about the easiest metal to ding up…. Can I shoot 2 1/2 in. This page was generated at 09:00 AM. Going back to my video games now. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. That said I still find myself grabbing my 555 over my other guns. (2) You can purchase Mossberg replacement barrels for roughly $150. That adds to the cost of the gun. outside of that I love the gun. Anyhow, that still doesn’t explain why people are so enamored with double-barrel shotguns and willing to pay well over $1000 for them. It didn't double fire, i.e. My local dealer ordered the gun for me the next week. As are a huge percentage of budget-priced shotguns on the market today under brands like Stevens, Mossberg, … It has double fired on 10 of 12 tries with both barrels loaded, I believe. Hi Dan, The main complaint though is there is not nearly enough drop in the stock and neither of us can get our heads low enough to obtain the right sight picture. My 555 stock missed quality control, stock has blisters and uneven finish, will they replace or refinish it? There’s a reason why so many gun companies today use bead-blasting as their finish before blueing – it hides a truckload of sins. This CZ Canvasback 20 has performed flawlessly for many years. Again, thank you. 01-24-2017, 10:53 AM. At the end of the day though, the best killer of Americans, is other Americans. Don't expect quality. Boom-Boom, but fired a single double barreled shot, one BOOM. You could spend more and get more, but you also could spend more and get less. The 555 comes in two grades: the basic grade, which costs $692, and the 555 Enhanced, which is $863. Calling it the 666. Load it with heavier stuff and she’ll pound you shoulder like a .50 cal. I just bought one in the youth model 20 gauge. 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.”, “Stevens (or rather KOFS) managed to equip the 555 E with a more-than-decent trigger.”. A compact model has been added, with a 13.5 in. You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. 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. Fully joined barrels (solid metal in between) are the most expensive type – cheaper manufacturers will cut corners by joining barrels at the muzzle and breech and filling in-between with a tacked-on trim plate. OK, let’s look at a polished/blued barrel. is good, since my eyes aren’t getting any better as I age…. Browning makes a steel reinforced receiver gun as well called the Feather. While I consider Mr. Phil and Mr.Daves opinions and reviews honest, there is no way they can give every gun a good wringing out. Once you have made 10 posts, you will be able to start new threads in the forum. Two barrels is double the price of one barrel. If it gets scratched, dinged and beat to hell? They both have problems with both barrels firing as once. Overall: * * * 1/2 Case closed. I would consider a Franchi or CZ if you're more budget minded. Looking for more #SundayGunday?