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Tri-Star Hunter or Savage/Stevens 555.

I haven,t compared em together in my hands yet.But was wondering which ones you prefer or dislike over the other.I am interested in the O/U 16 ga in both.One dealer says he don,t like Tri-Star but I,ve never heard bad about em.I don,t want to order one until I can compare the two and get feedback on both.
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Why is a 16 ga. your preference...
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I have had a new Stevens U/O 20 for at least 5 years and never shot it......yet....

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Why is a 16 ga. your preference...
Because i grew up with my Dad,s Ithaca 37 16 and love it.A great gage and those are the only two that I know of that make em in a O/U. I,d love to hear from you all that have experience in these 2 in any gauge.The specs are just about equal but nuthin beats the info that a owner can give.
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I bought a Tri-Star to take a break from using the flintlock smoothbore for rabbit hunting about 10-12 years ago. O/U .410. it was one of the early models and there were updates to the firing pin mechanism after that. I had a terrible time with it and sent it back 3 times. the last time they updated it to the new designed spring return firing pins. it still wasn't reliable so I sold it. I loved the gun. it was nice wood and great workmanship, screw in chokes, light, just a beautiful gun. I would have liked to give it to my grandson, but just could not depend on it.
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I've been very pleased with the Tristar semi-auto's, but I wasn't nearly as impressed with the O/U. I've handled a newer Tristar Setter in 20ga and the Stevens in 12ga, and while they both felt a little chintzy, I felt the Stevens was the better of the two. If you have the means, I'd sooner track down a Browning Citori, but you'd probably get respectable service out of the Stevens.

I will throw out the disclaimer that when I shot the aforementioned Setter, I swapped my BIL my Citori for his Setter for a few rounds of sporting clays, and they're apples and oranges as far as overall fit and quality. I may have liked the Setter more had I started the day shooting it.

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I had a Tristar 28ga O/U some years ago. A total piece of junk. Would only fire 50% of the time the trigger was pulled. Had it worked on by a gunsmith and then it fired probably 80% of the time. I got rid of it after that.

I never shot the Stevens, but I've soured on cheap O/U's. They're mostly all made in Turkey despite the brand. It's a gamble on whether the individual gun will work or not.
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These are exactly the comments I was hopin for.

I checked the Brownings site JM and the only ones in 16 they have are over 2 grand limited production models.Not only to expensive for me but they would probably be about impossible to get.

They got a sweet 16 which is a semi.
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These are exactly the comments I was hopin for.

I checked the Brownings site JM and the only ones in 16 they have are over 2 grand limited production models.Not only to expensive for me but they would probably be about impossible to get.

They got a sweet 16 which is a semi.
I got my 16ga Citori used for considerably less than $2k off of Penn's Woods Classifieds. Keep an eye there and on Gunbroker and a good used model, Browning or otherwise, may surface.

The newer Sweet Sixteen is indeed sweet, if you felt like giving the semi-auto a try over the O/U. I handled one just this weekend and doggone near bought it. They can be had new for about $1400, a few hundred less on the used market.

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I know cost is a factor for many hunters & shooters. if you get the chance to use and compare the inexpensive guns to a

Browning,Beretta,etc, I am sure you will notice the difference in weight,balance & handling.


I went through the same issue in my younger days & wish I had waited, saved my money for a good gun rather than waste my money on the

4 or 5 cheap ones I went through............
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