Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

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Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by hawglips » September 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm

I bought a new-to-me Stevens 220A 20 ga (2-3/4" chamber) with a 28" fixed full barrel a few weeks back. The muzzle mics in at .581. It's as light as my Yildiz .410 and carries around real nice. I decided to put sling swivel studs on it so I could sling, but since the forearm snaps off, I wrapped camo tape around the forearm and barrel in hopes that will keep it on tight. If I'm going to take it hunting, I'd like to sling it because I often cover a lot of ground and like my hands free to work calls.

Anyway, with the new Gualandi wads out I wanted to see how they shoot, and so worked up a couple 2-3/4" loads with the shorter wad. And I wanted to see how the fixed choke shoots, and decide whether I wanted to get it cut and choked.

Here's how the new 2-3/4" loads shot through the Stevens:

40 yds, 10" and 20" circles

2-3/4" 1-5/8 oz #9s - 1078 fps, 11448 psi
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2-3/4" 1-3/4 oz #9s - 1181 fps, 10182 psi
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2-3/4" 1-7/8 oz #9s - 1146 fps, 11548 psi
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I was pretty pleased with how the fixed full choke shoots them, though I'm certain we'll be seeing some more impressive numbers with proper turkey chokes. But I think I'm going to leave the Stevens alone and shoot it as is.
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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by coconut » September 6th, 2018, 7:11 pm

9’s?

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by GLS » September 7th, 2018, 4:11 am

For hunting, I don't see how re-choking would make an appreciable difference. All the patterns look fine. There doesn't appear to a be significant difference in counts in any of the patterns. It's just how much your shoulder is willing to take among the load choices. You might quibble with the 10-20 in the lightest load having a fist sized hole at 11:00, but whose to say what the next shot would do in any of the patterns? Book'em,Dano. Gil
PS: Howse POA/POI?

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by Spuriosity » September 7th, 2018, 6:36 am

Looking good. If it's as light as the Yildiz, I don't think I'd want to shoot more than 1&5/8s oz. So I assume you like the new wads?

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by el diablo » September 7th, 2018, 7:07 am

Nice work Hal! 1 7/8oz probably made you feel alive when ya touched it off. lol

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by hawglips » September 7th, 2018, 9:00 am

coconut wrote:
September 6th, 2018, 7:11 pm
9’s?
Sorry, yes, 9s.

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by hawglips » September 7th, 2018, 9:03 am

GLS wrote:
September 7th, 2018, 4:11 am
For hunting, I don't see how re-choking would make an appreciable difference. All the patterns look fine. There doesn't appear to a be significant difference in counts in any of the patterns. It's just how much your shoulder is willing to take among the load choices. You might quibble with the 10-20 in the lightest load having a fist sized hole at 11:00, but whose to say what the next shot would do in any of the patterns? Book'em,Dano. Gil
PS: Howse POA/POI?
I'm consistently shooting a bit low and right, but the trigger is a bit stiff. I will shoot it some more and get used to the bead placement it likes before I worry about the trigger...

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by hawglips » September 7th, 2018, 9:04 am

el diablo wrote:
September 7th, 2018, 7:07 am
Nice work Hal! 1 7/8oz probably made you feel alive when ya touched it off. lol
Yeah, that's a fact...

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by hawglips » September 7th, 2018, 9:08 am

Spuriosity wrote:
September 7th, 2018, 6:36 am
Looking good. If it's as light as the Yildiz, I don't think I'd want to shoot more than 1&5/8s oz. So I assume you like the new wads?
I may slip down to 1-7/16 oz...

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by GLS » September 7th, 2018, 9:22 am

Hal, I posted patterns in my factory full 220A over 4 years ago shooting the Kyle Smith 1 oz. and your 1 5/16 oz. loads. They looked good enough for hunting. The trigger is smooth and light. POA/POI off the bead--eh.
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=7616&p=77874&hilit=Savage#p77874

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by 2Shooter » September 7th, 2018, 9:20 pm

Hey Hal get with Gun Docc in Toccoa, Ga he can fix that forearm where it will stay on with a sling!!!

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by GLS » September 8th, 2018, 8:40 am

Apparently Savage made several design changes during the time it made the break action 220. On my 220A, the forend is attached to the barrel with a screw and it has a larger trigger guard than on my .410 220B and 16 ga. 220D. The 220 is truly hammerless; it's not just an internal hammer striking a transfer bar. It has a firing pin propelled by a coil spring. The design is far more complex than what superficially meets the eye. Gil

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Re: Stevens 220A 20 ga, 2-3/4", 28" fixed full, new loads

Post by hawglips » September 8th, 2018, 9:39 am

GLS wrote:
September 7th, 2018, 9:22 am
Hal, I posted patterns in my factory full 220A over 4 years ago shooting the Kyle Smith 1 oz. and your 1 5/16 oz. loads. They looked good enough for hunting. The trigger is smooth and light. POA/POI off the bead--eh.
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=7616&p=77874&hilit=Savage#p77874
I remember that thread. Thanks for the reminder...

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