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Old March 28, 2016, 11:31 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me the best place to get information on a shotgun my grandfather has given me. It is a mint condition model 620 20 guage . All markings legible. I have been using it for small game hunting and never researched what it actually was. Recently discovered that it is much older than I realized. Should I limit my use of it or continue to carry it with me on my hunts?
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Old March 29, 2016, 02:57 AM   #2
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Link to Wikipedia article on the Stevens 520/620 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens_Model_520/620.

The 620A was manufactured up to 1955. It is safe to shoot with modern lead ammo of the length stamped on the barrel, most likely 2-3/4". Don't use steel shot ammo in older guns since they where not designed for steel shot and use can ruin the barrel.

No reason not to continue hunting with it. Used civilian models are not particularly expensive running less than $200 typically.
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Old March 29, 2016, 07:11 PM   #3
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And, it is a derivation of the Browning-designed 520.

These are greatly underappreciated shotguns. Use it as intended.
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