Stevens Model 301

A break-action shotgun designed to take advantage of new Tungsten Super Shot turkey loads.

by David W. Manney

First reviewed in the July 2017 issue of American Rifleman, the Stevens Model 310 shotgun first debuted with a black synthetic stock and is now available in several Mossy Oak patterns. This model was designed for Federal Premium’s Heavyweight Tungsten Super Shot .410 3” ammunition for turkeys. I read a review online by someone using .410 handgun loads and complaining about the bad performance. Right from the Savage website, this shotgun was optimized for the TSS payload and it should have been apparent that putting a slug through a non-rifled barrel with a choke is a recipe for disaster.

The 301 ships standard with a modified choke and is threaded for Win-Choke tubes. When the gun first came out there were no chokes available from Savage but now there are five available from their online store. The gun is made in China by Sun City Machinery Co. and imported by Savage under the Stevens brand. The Stevens 320 pump shotgun is also made in the same factory. In addition to .410, the Model 301 is also available in 12 and 20 gauge.

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