A Full Review & Breakdown of The Stevens 320 – Should You Buy?

by John Wren
Sporter Review

Stevens 320 Review – All You Need to Know

 

If the Stevens 320 shotgun looks familiar to you, it should. It is an unashamed and freely admitted copy of the respected Winchester 1300 shotgun.  High on the list of “guns I wish I’d never sold” my 1300 was as basic and solid a pump shotgun as I’d ever owned.

Needless to say, when the Stevens 320 hit the market, I was crazy excited. Here was a gun based off of that grand old classic, but with a seemingly never-ending array of options and configurations.  At last count, Savage-Stevens has over a half dozen different variations, ranging from dedicated combat ready shotguns to models suitable for hunting and sport shooting.

Most Stevens 320 shotguns are designed with home defense in mind and come configured either with a traditional looking polymer stock or a tactical model with buttstock and pistol grip that is reminiscent of the AR-15.  They are available with or without ghost ring sights, and two 20 gauge models are also available.

One of the best things about the 320 is it’s almost unbelievable low price.  With an MSRP as low as $276, there is little reason not to be looking at this fine gun.  While some may dismiss “Made in China” as proof of something being junk, the reality is that China has some of the most modern and state of the art manufacturing facilities anywhere on the planet, and this as much as lower labor costs helps drive affordably priced products, and the Stevens 320 is no exception. Built with exacting standards and high-quality materials, this is a fine entry to mid-level shotgun.

Handling the 320 is like handling a modernized, updated Winchester 1300. The dual locking bars make each cycling of the action feel strong and firm, while the addition of a pistol grip stock and ghost rings, make it very plain that this shotgun is all about business. 

And speaking of being all about business, rare is the gun that is out of the box ready for whatever use you may have for it.  The Stevens 320 is a fantastic gun, and yes, it is out of the box ready if you want a bone stock gun. For some that is fine, for others, it is simply a start.  I like to add a few carefully selected extras to my guns, and these are a few of my favorites.

Let There Be Light

There is little point in having a self-defense shotgun if you don’t put some sort of light on it, and there are none better than those made by Streamlight.

There are a great many options, including those with strobe functions, lasers and varying degrees of brightness.  Pair with a rail adapter that will give you a Picatinny rail on your magazine tube, and you’ve got the makings of a top-notch combat ready self-defense shotgun.

The Softer Side

There are three other key accessories you’ll need for your Stevens 320.  First, off a high-quality sling such as this Blackhawk shotgun sling designed to hold 18 rounds just where you can quickly reach them, this clever sling combines a bandoleer to give you maximum utility.

Speaking of utility, if you don’t want a sling, or use a different sort of sling system, a buttstock shell carrier is a must-have item.  This holds 8 rounds in easy reach on your shotgun’s buttstock without making it ungainly or unbalanced.  Lastly, you are going to need some sort of carrying case for your shotgun.

I like these padded carrying cases as they have pockets for storing accessories like a cleaning kit spare ammo, or what not, and can also be fitted with extra tactical pouches and carried like a backpack.  Done properly you can create an entire bugout bag around your shotgun, and carry emergency supplies and your gun together.

The Most Bang For Your Buck

Really, no matter how you slice it, the Stevens 320 is the ultimate low cost, hard-working shotgun. Its time-honored design ensures a lifetime of reliability, and it’s quality construction means your children and grandchildren will be enjoying this shotgun well into the 21st Century. 

Savage-Stevens has long been dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality firearms for the general public, and have certainly hit a home run with their recreation of the Winchester 1300. 

While it is somewhat unfortunate they could not make it in the USA and still reach the price point they wanted, if I’m going to buy an imported shotgun, I’d rather buy one from a US-based company, which ensures the profits stay at home, instead of going back overseas.

In today’s interconnected global marketplace, there is no shame in buying imported goods, and there is no shame at all in owning a Stevens 320 shotgun.

If you are a rank traditionalist, this polymer and black finished shotgun isn’t for you, but if you demand a utilitarian, hard-working shotgun, you’ve found it.  The addition of a few well-chosen accessories will make it into the perfect home defense or even law enforcement shotgun.

There is always the temptation to burden yourself with all manner of gear and turn your shotgun into some sort of tactical cliché. Examine your needs and wants carefully. You’ve already picked your shotgun. Are you keeping it loaded for self-defense?

Then add light and some way to carry extra ammo and call it good. Is it hiding in your safe waiting for trips to the range and for hunting? Toss a sling on there and call it good.  This is a highly refined, simple and elegant shotgun, and each item you purchase for it must balance that simplicity with utility.

Here are some of the Stevens from Cabela’s:

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Shotgun with Ghost Ring Sight

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Shotgun with Ghost Ring Sight

Perfect for all kinds of tactical applications! With the Savage® Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Shotgun with Ghost Ring Sights, you’ll aim true and enjoy serious firepower. Line up the fixed ghost ring sights, pull the trigger, and connect with your target – every single time. This pump-action Stevens 320 from Savage features a 3″ chamber, steel receiver, and a side eject. It even has a highly durable, weather-resistant synthetic stock for maximum shooting control. Fixed-cylinder choke.

  • Ghost sights make target acquisitions quick and easy
  • Pump-action
  • Durable synthetic stock
  • Fixed-cylinder choke
  • 3″ chamber
  • Steel receiver
  • Side eject

Savage Arms Stevens 320 Field-Grade Pump-Action Shotgun

Savage Arms Stevens 320 Field-Grade Pump-Action Shotgun

It’s great for hunting birds or busting clays, and the Savage Arms® Stevens 320 Field-Grade Pump-Action Shotgun comes at a perfectly affordable price. This reliable performer comes with a rugged synthetic stock and forend that’ll stand up to harsh treatment and outdoor conditions. The chrome alloy steel barrel is blued and finished in matte black to match the light alloy receiver. The proven rotary bolt and dual slide bars add smooth cycling to the Savage Arms Stevens 320 list of benefits. Bottom-loading tube magazine, fixed-bead front sight and vent rib. Includes a removable Win-Bro-Mos choke tube (M).

  • Great for hunting birds or busting clays
  • Offered at an easily affordable price
  • Rugged synthetic stock and forend
  • Blued chrome alloy steel barrel finished in matte black
  • Smooth-operating rotary bolt and slide bars
  • Bottom-loading tube magazine
  • Includes modified choke tube

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun with Thumbhole Stock

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun with Thumbhole Stock

Equip yourself to the nines! The Savage® Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun with Thumbhold Stock is perfect for home defense, tactical applications, plus it’s a great gun for all kinds of outdoor shooting fun. This pump-action Stevens 320 from Savage features a black synthetic thumbhole stock and forend for a commanding look and even better handling. Its cheek riser and built-in recoil pad adds comfort and control to every pull of the trigger. Its chrome alloy steel barrel offers a front bead sight for quick and easy target acquisitions. Other features include swivel studs, steel receiver with side eject, bottom-loading tube magazine, dual slide bars and rotary bolt. 3″ chamber. 5 + 1 capacity.

  • Pump-action
  • Synthetic thumbhole stock with texturing
  • Synthetic forend
  • Cheek riser
  • Recoil pad
  • 3″ chamber
  • Steel receiver
  • Side eject
  • 5 + 1 capacity

Savage Arms Stevens 320 Field Grade Compact Pump-Action Shotgun

Savage Arms Stevens 320 Field-Grade Camo Pump-Action Shotgun

Not only is it part of the highly reliable Stevens family of firearms, but the Savage Arms® Stevens 320 Field-Grade Camo Pump-Action Shotgun is specifically built with fast-handling precision shooting. This rugged gun features a synthetic sporter stock and mid-length forend covered with an outline-blurring, hunt-concealing camo. The chrome alloy steel barrel with vent rib comes equipped with a green fiber optics front sight. The pump action features 2 smooth-operating slide bars and rotary bolt for non-stop performance. The Stevens 320 from Savage Arms is also drilled and tapped for a scope mount. Bottom load and right-side ejection. Includes modified choke tube (Winchester® pattern 1/2-32UN).

  • Part of the highly reliable Stevens family of firearms
  • Chrome alloy steel barrel with vent rib
  • Synthetic sporter stock and mid-length forend
  • 2 slide bars and rotary bolt
  • Outline-blurring camouflage
  • Green fiber optics front sight
  • Drilled and tapped
  • Includes modified choke tube

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun

Perfect for all kinds of tactical applications! With the Savage® Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun, you’ll aim true and enjoy serious firepower. This pump-action, 20-gauge Stevens 320 from Savage features an 18.5″ barrel with front bead sight, 3″ chamber, steel receiver, and a side eject. It even has a highly durable, weather-resistant synthetic stock with pistol grip for maximum shooting control. Fixed-cylinder choke. 5 +1 capacity.

  • Ghost sights make target acquisitions quick and easy
  • Pump-action, 20-gauge shotgun
  • Durable synthetic stock with pistol grip
  • Fixed-cylinder choke
  • Front bead sight
  • 18.5″ barrel
  • 3″ chamber
  • Steel receiver
  • Side eject

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun with Ghost Ring Sights

Savage Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun with Ghost Ring Sights

Perfect for all kinds of tactical applications! With the Savage® Stevens 320 Security Pump-Action Pistol-Grip Shotgun with Ghost Ring Sights, you’ll aim true and enjoy some serious firepower. Line up the fixed ghost right sights, pull the trigger, and connect with your target – every single time. This pump-action, Stevens 320 from Savage features an 18.5″ barrel, 3″ chamber, steel receiver, and a side eject. It even has a highly durable, weather-resistant synthetic stock with pistol grip for maximum shooting control.

  • Ghost sights make target acquisitions quick and easy
  • Pump-action
  • Synthetic stock with pistol grip
  • 3″ chamber
  • Steel receiver
  • Side eject

Get the Accessories

Bestseller No. 1
Trinity Picatinny Weaver Base Mount Adapter for Savage Arms Stevens 320 12ga Pump Hunting Optics Base Adapter Tactical Home Defense Accessory Single Rail.
  • fits savage arms stevens 320 model
  • Made from hardened aircraft aluminum
  • Installs using existing port
  • Mounting screws included
  • The low profile give your firearm a sleek look, with this accessory the shooter is able to utilize the open sights by looking over the top of the bases without sacrificing the normal shooting position...
Bestseller No. 2
Trinity Hunting Light for Savage Stevens 320 Pump 12ga Picatinny Weaver Base Mount Adapter aluminun Black Hunting Tactical Gear Single Rail Mount
  • Great for shooting practice at night, home defense, hunting or tactical shotgun use.
  • This flashlight is great for use on your weapon to aid in low light target settings & can also be used as a method of non-lethal force to temporarily to blind & disorient your target.
  • Operates with On/Off Button Cap
  • Features up to 1000-lumen output and throwing distance to 200 meters.
  • Modes:High, Middle, Low, Strobe and SOS.
Bestseller No. 3
CVLIFE Shotgun Sling with Shell Holder, Gun Sling Holds15 Shells for 12 Gauge, Adjustable Two Point Sling with Sling Swivels for Outdoors
  • 【Sling with Shell Holder】The two point sling can hold up to 15 shells, for 12 gauge, so you can carry shells at all times to avoid to find shells everywhere.
  • 【Length and Width】The two point sling is adjustable, from 42.5" to 61" (including spring hooks), and the width is 1.96".
  • 【High-quality Materials】High-quality nylon strap of the shotgun sling is wear-resistant, which can use for a long time. And the elastic shell holder is very strong, which can fix the shells well.
  • 【Removable Sling Swivels】Tri-lock design swivels of the sling, is standard and durable. The swivels are removable, so you can change the them as you like.
  • 【Applicable Scene】Our shotgun sling with shell holder is lightweight and easy to carry, suitable for outdoor sports.
Bestseller No. 4
Tactical Barrel Mount Rail Adaptor For 12 Gauge Shotgun Magazine Tubes Fits Remington 870 1100 Mossberg 500 590 835 930 935 Maverick 88 Winchester 1300 FN TPS Savage Stevens 320 Pump Shotguns
  • Accepts Most Weaver And Picatinny Style Accessories
  • This Is The Easy Way To Mount Tactical Accessories On Your Shotgun
  • This item cannot be exported
Bestseller No. 5
Trinity Picatinny Weaver Aluminum Black Tactical Hunting Optics Single Rail Mount for Stevens 320
  • single rail for Shotguns gets your shotgun ready for the range and your next hunting trip.
  • Mount attaches to the Barrel or Magazine Tube.
  • Perfect for mounting Dot sights, Lasers, Flashlights, Slings and just about any other Weaver / Picatinny 1913 Rail
  • All Aluminum Construction. Black Anodized finish.
  • This mount is strong, durable, ready-for-action rail system constructed out of black anodized aluminum.
Bestseller No. 6
Hunters Specialties unisex-adult Butt Stock Shotgun Shell Holder, Black
  • The Hunter Specialties Butt Stock Shell Holder Shotgun is Superior Design and innovation
  • Made to aid in game hunting
  • Designed to be easy to carry and use
  • Quick & Easy Access
  • Securely fits around butt of shotgun

Regardless of your final configuration, a good pump shotgun is a grand American tradition that hearkens back to the time when a single gun might be called on to protect the home, put food on the table and serve for sports purposes.  The Stevens 320 does just that.

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3 comments

SEldwebel Wolfenstool December 2, 2018 - 1:07 pm

…sold my 500 and 870, got tired of them always beating me up…replaced them with the inSecurity model, in 20 gauge. I think it’s really well-made. Not as sloppy feeling as the Remington and Mossberg…

Doug M April 19, 2019 - 1:46 am

My 320 is just fine. It will cycle all of the shotgun shells you want to shoot. And I used the cheep $4.00 shells that Wal-Mart sells. Not a problem one. When shooting slugs it is very accurate to point of aim.

Tom Allen April 20, 2019 - 9:25 pm

I own the 320 in 20ga. Never a problem. Very accurate slug gun. Gun is clearly better than my Rem Express and equivalent to my Mossberg 500s. I also own a Winchester 1200 and you can not really tell any difference between the two handling wise. Roughly 500 shells fired through it….0 problems. Best truck gun ever.

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