View Full Version : Stevens 200... anyone have an opinion?

Chris Phelps
April 11, 2007, 01:51 PM
As the title states. Looking for opinions on the Stevens 200.

April 11, 2007, 02:18 PM
I don't think you can find a better new rifle for the price. I Just bought one in 223 and with old surplus 5.56 ammo It will shoot 1.5 inch groups at about 90 yards (I couldn't see the 100 yard target from the porch and it was raining!!) I am going to take it out again soon and try some good factory ammo and reloads to try to shrink the groups down. The two worst things are the ugly plastic stock and the trigger, which are both just fine for a hunting gun, but I replaced the stock with a ebay Savage model 10 wood stock and the trigger is adjustable with the stock off. I realy like mine and I might buy another in a different caliber in the future. Mine cost $276.00 at Bi-Mart.

April 11, 2007, 03:10 PM
a budy of mine had one in .243. It shot pretty darn well if I remember correctly. It is basically a savage 11/111 without the accu-trigger and a stock that is just a shade crappier.

April 11, 2007, 04:32 PM
Cheaped out version of the already cheaped out Savage.

You need a Ruger M77. Wait... you need another Ruger M77 seeing as you already have one.

April 11, 2007, 05:12 PM
Oh that's a low blow, Jseime. At least you don't have to use 4 fingers - two from each hand - to pull the trigger like you do on a Ruger :p

I have to disagree - never had one, but anecdotally, people seem VERY pleased with them for the money, and on an absolute scale as well.

Chris Phelps
April 11, 2007, 05:59 PM
Oh that's a low blow, Jseime. At least you don't have to use 4 fingers - two from each hand - to pull the trigger like you do on a Ruger

Muahaha ohhhhh how true that is!

The savage cant be too bad, since I was origionally pushed toward savage rifles by the crew from Sniper Central (including Mele, who is an active military sniper). The Rem 700 is a civie version of the M40A1, which was beloved for its accuracy among USMC snipers who continuasly shot out to 1000 yards with them. the savage, according to 99% of the people at sniper centra, is more accurate.

The stevens was also recommended to me by the same crew, but seeing as how it doesnt have half the features the Savages do, and a bit cheaper stock... I wanted to research before I bought it. Not that Id be out too much money ($250 to be exact) if it turned out to be a bad rifle. Ill be buying a Savage 10FP .308 pretty soon, too.


April 12, 2007, 11:50 AM
At least you don't have to use 4 fingers - two from each hand - to pull the trigger like you do on a Ruger

Alright, you got me... I do intend to upgrade that one of these days with a drop in. It can still shoot 1-1.5 inch groups with my hand loads so I cant really complain.

I think that the Stevens and the new Savages are much better than the old ones. Im just a little bitter about a Savage 110L that I had that wouldnt feed from the magazine and couldnt shoot under 6 inches at 100 yards. It cost me some big white tails and I decided that I really needed a CRF action.

April 12, 2007, 12:06 PM
I loved mine in .243, but got rid of it because it was a .243. It was accurate, but I don't need a .243 here in OH. The stock is a bit cheesy from the factory, but nothing some sandpaper and some Krylon won't fix. Had mine in a nice shade of OD green and it looked sharp. Most thought it was some sort of aftermarket stock. Trigger was a bit heavy, but nothing that can't be fixed. There are some places online that give you pointers on adjusting the factory trigger or buy an aftermarket one. I would like to pick up another one in .223 or maybe .22-250, but we will see. My .02 cents, go for it, especially at $250.


Chris Phelps
April 12, 2007, 12:28 PM
Had mine in a nice shade of OD green and it looked sharp.

Thats more or less what I plan to do. I'm going to be giving the stock a once over with the sandpaper, then painting it OD Green/brown camo.

April 12, 2007, 12:37 PM
Yep, you need to sand down all of the seams. They are pretty sharp from the factory. That is really all of the sanding that needs to be done. I taped off the Savage symbol and the sling studs, took off the butt pad. I put about 4 coats on, one coat at a time, let dry and then sand the rough spots and then going over it again. Even after 4 coats, I still didn't use a whole can of Krylon Fusion. Some people use netting and do a camo pattern, which looks cool also. I also saw a guy use one of his wife's doylies (sp?) and it actually looked good as well. It gave it a random pattern. You can check out savageshooters.net for some pics and ideas on painting.


Chris Phelps
April 12, 2007, 01:21 PM
haha yeah, I frequent that site.

I'm going to go over the whole firearm with OD Green for the base, then use fake ferns and OD brown for the rest. When all is said and done... the firearm will be primarily brown with green ferns over it.

April 12, 2007, 02:17 PM
Heyboys, I must have gotten lucky because the STEVENS MODEL200 I have in 300 WIN. has blueing like the model 114. I mean shiny metalic blueing like an expensive rifle. Also the stock appears to have come from the very same mold that the new SAVAGES come from. Same nice rounded seams and slim profile. I wonder if I have one that is better than average because the only difference between it and the regular new model SAVAGE stocks is color. The metal color leaves NOTHING to be desired. This is how I feel for having a rifle that shoots and looks like this, for around $300.00.:p

April 13, 2007, 10:49 PM
One of my friends has one in .308win. For the price it's a good rifle. It is an excellent starter rifle or excellent for someone who is not a "gun guy" and doesn't care about how his rife looks but only about how it shoots.

April 13, 2007, 11:16 PM
I've had the Stevens 200 in .223 since right after they came out. I love it. Very accurate. For some reason (someone more knowledgeable might be able to explain) it is less temp.-sensitive than any of my other sporter barrel guns.