View Full Version : Question about a Stevens 350,,,
October 24, 2012, 05:14 PM
I'm not very knowledgable about shotguns,,,
But a friend asked me for advice.
He wants a basic pump shotgun,,,
Perhaps one of the combo with short & long barrels,,,
He had heard about the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870.
I told him they were fine basic shotguns,,,
At least that is what I have gleaned from this forum.
The kicker is that his wife wants to learn to shoot it as well,,,
She is a tallish slender woman who has no special love or fear of guns,,,
The only thing that might make the 500 or 870 unacceptable is that she is left handed.
With the 500 or 870 the empties will be ejected into her face,,,
So I thought that perhaps a Stevens model 350 (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/37_973/products_id/411549931) would be better for her.
My question is this:
Am I correct in thinking the Stevens ejects from the bottom of the gun?
Also can you good knowledgable folk point me towards other guns that eject from the bottom?
I know one of you folk will have the answer for me,,,
You've never let me down so far. ;)
October 24, 2012, 05:30 PM
I'm lefthanded and there is no problem with guns that eject from the right side.
As a matter of fact by holding the gun by the grip in the lefthand it is very easy to throw a shell into the ejection port and slide the forearm forward with the right hand.
The Ithaca Model 37 and the Browning BPS both feed and eject from the bottom.
October 24, 2012, 06:38 PM
Try teaching to shoot right handed...I know its easier to say it than do it..... but I would give it a shot and good luck. Shotty's are fun!
October 24, 2012, 06:52 PM
Remington makes a left-hand 870:
October 24, 2012, 08:40 PM
I bought the 350 combo pack, yes its bottom feed and eject and my wife used it a few time for skeet/trap and said it was an adequate beginners gun. Right now its back with its 18.5 barrel and in one of the barns as a security gun. A few of my hands a left handed so it covers all bases.
October 25, 2012, 02:42 PM
I took my son and friends out to shoot the other day and started his friends, who had never shot a gun, off on my 870 synthetic pump. One missed every target, until he told me that he sees better with his left eye althought he writes and does most things with his right hand. I had him switch to shooting left handed and he started hitting about 40% (this was 16 yard trap). I then let him shoot my right handed Citori o/u, which has a pretty good right hand palm swell and he was hitting close to 60% and having a ball. I do not think the type of gun, right handed ejecting pump vs. rear ejecting break action o/u was so much the difference than he was warming up to shooting. Perhaps the Citori is a bit more refined than a $400 pump.
I think it a big mistake to try to make a lefty shoot right handed.
October 25, 2012, 05:54 PM
Thanks for the advice my friends.
He really likes the Mossberg and found another friend who owns one,,,
He and his wife are going to the friend's place and shoot it.
They will be able to determine if the ejection position is a real problem or not.
Thanks for giving me different models to show them as well.
October 25, 2012, 08:12 PM
I have all three: Stevens 350, Mossberg and Remington.
The Stevens works well for me and is much more comfortable to shoot slugs in. And I like the fiber optic front sight. But it is hard to say how well it will hold up, since I only have a couple of hundred rounds of buck and slug through it so far. I got it has a "try her out" gun. I would go with a more proven model for a primary defense shotgun.
Also, you won't find the accessories such as alternate stocks, fore-end light mounts, or replacement parts as easily or in as great variety as the Rem or Moss.
BTW, my dad was a lefty and that is why he got the Mossberg 500. It has a tang mounted safety that is very handy for either right or left. He never had a problem with the right side ejection.
October 26, 2012, 04:19 PM
Pilgrim makes good points about accessories and barrels. You can also consider that the 870 can be had in a left hand model. http://www.impactguns.com/remington-870-express-12g-left-hand-28-inch-rem-choke-wood-stock-5577-047700255774.aspx I don't know if length of pull will be a problem, since you describe your wife as a tallish slender woman. If there is a problem and one of you need a longer gun, but you are to share it, the quick fix is a slip on but pad.
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