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Stevens arms company model 58b bolt action shotgun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by ilikepie, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. ilikepie

    ilikepie Member

    :confused:I have a Stevens arms company model 58b bolt action shotgun and are a clip and have no amo for it. The rifle was my great grandfathers and he gave it to my dad who showed it to me. So now I am trying to get info on it and find out were to aquire the clip and rounds. Ive tried googling but nothing usefull comes up. Please help.
  2. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

  3. ilikepie

    ilikepie Member


    Also it fires 3 inch shells and I was wondering were can you buy them and what kind of game would I be able to hunt with it.
  4. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    First, any shorter shells of that gauge will work also, have less expense and kick, and pobably do as good a job, barring waterfowl which demand non toxic shot and turkey. 2 3/4" shells are used for most hunting and all clays sports.

    The archives are loaded with info about what shot size to use for _____ as well as answering other queries.

    And kudoes to you for wanting to use your heirloom.

  5. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    I grew up using a bolt action shotgun with no magazine (had to load each round with the bolt open, close the bolt, shoot, repeat) and have a special fondness for bolt action shotguns in general. It looks like yours is a .410 like mine was, and may even be the same model (mine was labelled Sears, but Stevens probably made it for them). If so, you can shoot it without a magazine, it will just be a clumsy-action single shot. If yours is a different bore (12, 20, etc.) there are more options as to what you can hunt, but regardless you should be able to enjoy the gun with modern ammunition in whichever bore it is.

    Spend a couple late nights just reading the archives here. You'll learn plenty about shotgunning in general. Looks like you have some fun shooting to look forward to.

  6. ilikepie

    ilikepie Member

    its a .410 gauge and I was wondering if i could hunt small game with it as well as waterfoul
  7. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Those bolt action shotguns were pretty common when I was a kid. Most every farmer around had one in the barn or behind the seat/in the gun rack of the pickup.
  8. ilikepie

    ilikepie Member

    can you get buckshot for a .410? just wondering
  9. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    Small game like rabbits & squirrels? Oh yes.

    Waterfowl? Well, crows drink water I hear. I'd be hesitant to hunt anything bigger. They work very well on doves, assuming you hit the dove.

    Winchester makes 3 pellet 2.5" and 5 pellet 3". There are several slugs available as well.

    Practice a lot with that .410 and you'll either get very good with it or very frustrated by it, as .410 is a difficult size to master. I grew up with one, so I like it, and if it is all you have don't worry, just keep shooting the darn thing.

  10. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Sure can. I think it's 3, No 000 pellets. You can get rifled slugs too.
  11. ilikepie

    ilikepie Member

    will the slugs be able to take down a deer?
  12. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    There are those that use them at very short range (20-25 yards, tops) but it isn't for everybody. Those that do so often cut down the barrel by an inch or two to open up the choke and improve accuracy, as many .410s throw slugs into 4 or 5 inch "groups" at 25 yards due to the slugs having to swage down through a full choke (which is the most common choke in .410s). Personally I would want to have a ton of shooting time under my belt with that particular gun before I would ever consider it, as the chances of wounding the animal are just too great. If you want to hunt deer start setting aside some cash toward a bigger bore gun.

  13. optrader

    optrader New Member

    I own a Stevens Model 58B .410 with clip. I am 59 years of age and I have been hunting with this gun since I was 13 years of age. For most of the early years, I had beagle dogs and I hunted rabbits with it. Now, I have squirrel dogs, and I use it to shoot squirrels. I have other guns, but I like it because it is light weight and easy to maneuver. I use 3" shells 6 shot. I don't particularly like the clip and I use it as a single shot. I carry extra shells in my pocket to reload. I have never had any problems with the gun.
    I have a double barrel .410 Stevens Model 311-Series H with a 26" barrel. I can't kill anything with this gun! I could not kill rabbits, nor can I kill squirrels. There is something about the pattern and it seems that only a few pellets actually hit the animal. It is a nice looking gun, but is rather useless to me. If anyone knows what I can do to improve this gun, I would appreciate the help.
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    No you can't.
    Lead shot is illegal under Federal law for Migratory waterfowl.

    I don't know of anybody making steel shot loads, or non-toxic shot loads for the .410 bore right off hand.

  15. thebaldguy

    thebaldguy Well-Known Member

    I know lots of people who like the bolt action shotgun for deer; they like the rifle feel and loaded with slugs they work well.
  16. Chris taylor

    Chris taylor Active Member

    Yah i think i about had a heart attack earlier today!!! i was at my grandmas and saw what i thought at first was an old lee enfield and a mossberg sitting in a closet! pulled out the lee first and what do you know! it was an old stevens!:eek: Turns out its been rusting for a little while! a quick wipe down with an oily rag and back in it went... Sure hope i inheret that thing one day, it was a pretty nice peice!:p -Chris-
  17. ImARugerFan

    ImARugerFan Well-Known Member

    It technically could take a deer down with a proper shot, heck a .22 can do it, however it's illegal in many states, and less than ideal also. Check your local laws first and foremost.
  18. Bud Tugly

    Bud Tugly Well-Known Member

    While it's possible to shoot doubles with a bolt action, it takes someone who is very experienced with them to do it. I saw my dad do it a few times with his Mossberg 20 gauge bolt action, but then it was the only shottgun he had ever owned.

    For most folks a bolt action is pretty much just a single shot with a couple of extra shells carried on-board so the lack of a magazine isn't that big of a problem. I'd just use it as is until a magazine turned up.

    A .410 will take most small game effectively out to 20-25 yards but you need to pass on longer shots or risk just wounding the animal. That means that waterfowl and pheasants in open terrain are going to be mostly out of range. Also most of them are unfortunately choked "full" which makes them pattern pretty tight. Modified is a much better choice but hard to find.

    Hunting with a .410 is a lot of fun as long as you recognize the limitations and don't try to exceed them.
  19. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    .410 bore is NOT legal for waterfowl in any state.
    As for deer, not so sure, but it isn't legal here in Illinois or any of the states around here.

    This makes the .410 a small game gun only.

    There are buckshot loads available for the .410 but they are geared towards defensive use of the gun, not hunting.
    My opinion on slugs in .410 is they were orignally made for farmers to kill beef cows, they are not terribly effective on deer or coyote unless the range is very short and that happens almost never.

    I use .410 and have done so for years, it makes a dandy rabbit and squirrel gun with 3" Field loads #5 shot.
    It is also very effective on treed raccoons.

    Limit your shots to no farther than 30 yards.
  20. Bear 45/70

    Bear 45/70 member

    Depends on where you live. Here it is illegal to hunter deer with anything less than a 20 Ga., so a 28 and 410 are out as is the 223 in a rifle. However a 410 is not much of a power producer and an ethical hunter would not hunt deer with one.

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