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Dating Stevens Model 44
Jun 8th, 2014 at 7:41am
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I have a Model 44, half round barrel, "J Stevens A&T Co.... Apr.17.94", serial number 46XXX.  Any ideas when this was made?  I  understand a lot of Stevens records are gone.  Is there a reliable source for date of manufacture info?
  
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Reply #1 - Jun 8th, 2014 at 9:53am
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All of the factory records were burned by Westinghouse right after WW1, to avoid having them become evidence a Congressional inquiry.†

By my own survey, which I've only just started, a 46xxx† s/n would put it somewhere in the mid to late '20s.† I think.† Manufacture of the plain Model 44 ended in about 1932, (according to Frank deHaas).† †The highest s/n I've seen on a .25-20, (so far) is 52xxx.† †

It's possible to date some Model 44s a little closer, when they are in the 1894 to 1903 area, due to feature changes which can be correlated to dated catalogs.† Catalogs are the only signposts we have, unless somebody has an original sales receipt with date, or some other such document.

It's also pretty certain that anything in a caliber bigger than .32-20 is pre-1903. In that year they started with the Model 44 1/2, and dropped the 44 action for everything but .22LR, .25 Stevens, .32 Long RF, .25-20, .32-20, and maybe .25-21 on special order.

It seems to me that there were no obvious feature changes in run-of-the-bog Model 44s after 1903, but I haven't looked very hard at the post-WW1 (i.e. Savage ownership) period.

Model 414, which used the 44 action, was 1912 to 1932.† †The Model 417, which was .22LR only and had a plain round barrel and other features, started in 1933, when the 414 was discontinued, and ran until 1947.† †I have read that serial numbers of those get into the 60xxx range.† Never seen one to verify, though.†

I'm open to correction on any statement I've made, so fire away.....

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Reply #2 - Jun 8th, 2014 at 12:19pm
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Phil, FWIW, the serial of my 414 is 78xxx.
  
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Reply #3 - Jun 8th, 2014 at 3:17pm
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Thanks, I'll add that to the database.† Unless Stevens did some numbershuffling, that pushes† Rick's† back to early 20's. Maybe.

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Reply #4 - Jun 8th, 2014 at 8:27pm
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The 417 was available in .22 short on special order. Also in .22 Hornet for a brief time. The 417 1/2 was in addition available in .25 Stevens and .22 WRF. I have a 417 1/2 in .22 Hornet. The 418 and the  418 1/2 was available in the same chambering's as the 417 and 417 1/2 with the exception of the .22 Hornet. I have a 418 1/2 in .22 Short and .25 Stevens. I have never seen a 417 1/2 in .22 Short, .25 Stevens, or .22 WRF. I am still looking for these. Dating the Stevens is pretty much impossible to pin down any closer than some year ranges as stated earlier. Makes it interesting and sometimes frustrating. The source of my information is the 1933 Stevens catalog and my personal collection.
  
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Re: Dating Stevens Model 44
Reply #5 - Jun 8th, 2014 at 8:33pm
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I have been doing the same o serial numbers.  From my records the 78xxx number should be a Savage marked rifle.

You can also list the 25-25 as made in the 6 o'clock
extractor guns. I have serial number 3033x.

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Reply #6 - Jun 8th, 2014 at 11:00pm
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There's yet another column for the matrix.  Knowing the earliest s/n that has the Savage marking might tell us about dates.
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 8th, 2014 at 11:18pm
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Just added this one to the survey.   

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Go take a look, but cover your keyboard first, to keep the drool off it.
  
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uscra112 wrote on Jun 8th, 2014 at 11:18pm:
Just added this one to the survey.† †

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Go take a look, but cover your keyboard first, to keep the drool off it.

Anyone else see what appears to be dovetail adapters mounted into the barrel dovetails that the scope rings are then dovetailed into?

  

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Reply #9 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:07am
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Yes, that's the way those scopes were mounted from the factory.   Note that there is no dovetail where the ordinary rear sight would have been.  They specifically say in one of my catalogs that the normal dovetail will be omitted when the scope is specified.
  
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Reply #10 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:07am
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Here is another one that I found today...I thought it was the same rifle for a minute...... Shocked I'd like to have this one too!
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Reply #11 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:39am
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Det, mine has no sign of Savage markings on it, just Stevens on the action and J. Stevens Arms Co. on the barrel.
  
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Reply #12 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:44am
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As I understand it, the Savage mark was just a small oval with the letters svg inside it.  On the side of the frame. 

That said, none of my post WW1 44s have it.
  
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Reply #13 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:51am
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uscra112 wrote on Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:07am:
Yes, that's the way those scopes were mounted from the factory.† †Note that there is no dovetail where the ordinary rear sight would have been.† They specifically say in one of my catalogs that the normal dovetail will be omitted when the scope is specified.† ††

I have seen the dovetail cut into the barrel just in front of the receiver for the rear ring itself to dovetail into, but hadn't encountered the rear barrel dovetail purposely cut larger than the dovetail size already existing on the rear ring itself. Seems strange to remove more metal than necessary, which then requires an adapter to "fill the gap", so to speak. From what I've encountered, for the front dovetail, the dovetail cut on the front ring was cut sized to fit directly into the existing large Steven's size front dovetail.
Always something new to see.

  

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Reply #14 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:53am
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Is it me or does the checkering look too coarse for factory checkering? I have a 44 in .25-25, 6 o'clock extractor, serial #361XX if this helps any. Also have a 414, #784XX and one #672XX. My 417 1/2 .22 Hornet is #1XX. 417-1 .22 #4XX, 417 1/2 #3XX, 417 1/2 .22 #24XX, 418 1/2 .25 Stevens #G4XX, 418 .22 Long Rifle #H9XX, 418 1/2 .22 Short #21† H1X. No idea what the letter prefix means and the on the last one the 21 is done with a different stamp than the H1X and the 21 is in front of the front tang screw and the H1X is behind it and that stamping is similar to the other two. The 21 is definitely from a different stamp and much more distinct. I haven't got a clue on these unless they are assembly #s like they used on the Favorites. I have more if needed but would prefer to pass any additional serial # info by PM.
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Reply #15 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 1:10am
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I thought so too - that the checkering doesn't look right.  But I'm less than expert on that subject. 

According to one source, they made so many Favorites that the s/n would have been too long, so they started using a new letter periodically.    418's are supposedly on the Favorite frame. 

So, 417's started a new number sequence, it would seem, but 414's continued as from the beginning.   Since we know (I think) that the 414 ceased production in 1932, that puts an upper bound on that s/n sequence.
  
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Reply #16 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 1:45am
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Just looked at my 1933 Catalog reprint and the 414 is not there which confirms your statement. The 418 is on a Favorite frame but slightly larger. The barrel is not threaded into the action like the 44 but just a slip fit. They are accurate in spite of this. I am thinking they used the Favorite numbering system. Running out of numbers may or may not be what happened. Would have to check my collection but don't recall seeing any 4 or 5 digit numbers, usually a letter and 3 numbers.
  
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Re: Dating Stevens Model 44
Reply #17 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 10:15am
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The checkering on that 44 is not only too coarse, but very amateur. Nothing that poorly checkered would have ever gone out the door at Stevens. It may well be Stevens wood that someone added checkering to at some later date. A lot of Stevens single shots were sans checkering, so maybe someone wanted it added to make it "special".
  

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Reply #18 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:05pm
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Just to add to the Stevens 44 action information:

My Stevens Model 47 Range rifle is a 28-30 with a central extractor.† SN is about 20200.† That puts the date of manufacture in the 1900-1903 period.† This rifle has the dovetail near the receiver.† Before I got the rifle (1967), someone put a folding buckhorn into that slot.† Now that I have learned something new (a common occurrence on this Forum), I have to put a long scope on the rifle.† More $$$.

Another 47 is the 25-20 Stevens that I described in the thread about the .25 Hornet.† This has a #3 barrel with a .251 groove diameter and a 17" twist.† That is a rimfire barrel installed on a 44 centerfire action (by Stevens), the SN on the barrel matches the SN on the tang and the 25-20 caliber stamp is definitely Stevens.† SN is about 23000.† My thoughts about this rifle is that this is what you got if you did not buy a Stevens-Pope. My guess as to year is about 1905.

A Plain Jane Model 44 in .25-20 Stevens has a SN about 48000.† I have always thought this was a post-WW1 rifle, maybe from the 1920s.† The wood is of a much lower quality than either of my 47s.

No checkering on any of these rifles.

Slumlord44, is the 44 centerfire rifle listed in your 1933 catalog?
  
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Reply #19 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 12:50pm
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Phil W.

Thanks for the reply.  I thought that a barrel branded as mine would come from a gun prior to the sale to Savage in 1920.  The only marks on the receiver is the serial number on the bottom tang. No oval with svg anywhere I can see.

BTW, the barrel has been sleeved.  I assume that is not factory original, and diminishes its value.
  
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Reply #20 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 1:01pm
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I have two 44's left. One is a DST 44/45, 6 o'clock extractor #18,040 that was originally a 32/40, trigger block action (soon to be a 22rf). The other is my very first SS, a beautiful original 32/40, trigger block with a 7 o'clock extractor, #3 barrel, #10,551.

What is the feeling that the 107 model serial numbers continued on into the 44 numbers?

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Reply #21 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 4:58pm
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frnkeore wrote on Jun 9th, 2014 at 1:01pm:
What is the feeling that the 107 model serial numbers continued on into the 44 numbers?

Frank


Grant  thought so.  He wrote that that the New Ideal 107/08/09 series started at about 2000, and the Model 44 at 3000.   I'm assuming that too until something upsets that applecart.
  
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Reply #22 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 5:17pm
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A little summary so far:
Highest number on my list with side extractor is 16260 - Gunbroker† 415163717
Lowest number seen to date with centre extractor is 18040 - a model 45 DST owned by frankeore

Grant wrote that† the center extractor started in 1901.

Highest number seen with screw pivots is 14542† - was on Gunbroker.
Lowest number seen with two-piece bolts is 15329 - was on Gunbroker.
In the 1903 catalog they tout the new design, so it must have been implemented between the 1900 catalog publication and 1903.†

According to catalogs, no centerfire Model 44 actions after 1903, except .25-20 and .32-20† †† Also from 1903 on the Models 45, 47, and up were on the 44 1/2 action, so any such on a 44 action must be 1903 or earlier.†

Highest 44 action in a large centerfire caliber is 25423 - GunBroker 407393445 - a .32-40

Highest centerfire action to date is 52341, a .25-20, Gunbroker† 410040824
Highest centerfire caliber barrel is 61674, .25 caliber in my collection.
Highest Model 44 rimfire to date is 90039 - Gunbroker # 421669982         

1929 catalog does not mention [i]any[/i] centerfire calibers for the Model 44, only .22/.25/.32 rimfires.

All Model 44 style actions discontinued in 1932.† Except model 417 which seems to have a new s/n series.
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Reply #23 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 6:09pm
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Lowest number found to date with centre extractor is 20200


My 44/45 DST is 18,040 with the 6 o'clock, center extractor. It may have been, orginally ordered for a teen boy or a woman, as it had the #2 Schuetzen butt plate and a #2 barrel.

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Thanks Frank.   I've updated the summary post
  
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Reply #25 - Jun 9th, 2014 at 9:59pm
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There is a 414 currently on Gunbroker #90039. Two of them listed. They have been re listed a time or two.
  
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Wow!† †I had not even thought to search for 414s.† And that one pushes the upper bound way, way up.† Got all four from GB into the database as of 7:30 this AM.†
  
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Reply #27 - Jun 10th, 2014 at 10:02am
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It is time to add my ideas.
1) Grant was right all swinging block Stevens large frames are in one serial number run.
what my notes show is as follows
Side plate actions low serial 41 high 1257
100 actions         low 2023   high 2629
44 w/ one piece bolt and 7 o'clock extractor
low 3267  high 14842
44 w/ two piece bolt and 7 o'clock extractor
low 15329 high 16269
44 w/ two piece bolt and 6 o'clock extractor
low 17108 high 62644
44 w trade mark stamped reciever and change to case colors low 71245 high

My thinking is that the trade marked reciever and change in case color was the start of the Savage production.

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Reply #28 - Jun 10th, 2014 at 12:07pm
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All that needs to be added then is lowest number with a coil spring. Somewhere in the low 60s?
  
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number 62644 is a coil spring.

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Reply #30 - Jun 10th, 2014 at 6:47pm
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I have Stevens Walnut Hill 44 frame, in .22LR, with 32" #3 weight half octagon barrel, engraved and DST, 6 o'clock firing pin. Pretty close to Frank's in #18137.
  

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Interesting. I was just looking at the 1912 catalog. By then the Walnut Hill was on a 44 1/2 action and SSTs and DSTs were no longer available for 44s. Barrels were available up to 34 inches and in .25 or larger you could get a smokeless powder barrel for $3 extra and in No 2 or 3 weight only, a nickel steel barrel for $6 extra. Wonder if these barrels were marked differently?
  
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My small frame side plate has a serial number of 2661. That is the only number to be found. it is stamped on the front of the action hidden by the fore arm. it is stamped on both the frame and the side plate.
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Are you looking for sideplate info? Large frame or small frame or both?
  
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I think when one is accumulating serial number info on a maker who's records are gone, you need to be careful. Some general things will hold true, and often can come to some "general"" conclusions that apply to most guns. But like many of the old gun makers, Stevens continued to assemble some 44 frames after the catalog dropped that model. They didn't just melt down all those 44 parts once they stopped cataloging the model.
You'll also find an occasional gun with odd features for the serial number range, as it was not uncommon for a gun maker to find parts in a corner of the factory and assemble them into later guns. The idea back then was to make money, and tossing new old parts was taboo if they could be incorporated into use and save money.
  

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Texasmac posted a reference that led to a Model 47 with a SN of 26140, which the seller claimed was made in 1910.  Any ideas as to why the seller was certain the year was 1910?  WAG?  My guess would be a few years earlier.
  
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waterman wrote on Jun 12th, 2014 at 6:45pm:
Texasmac posted a reference that led to a Model 47 with a SN of 26140, which the seller claimed was made in 1910.† Any ideas as to why the seller was certain the year was 1910?† WAG?† My guess would be a few years earlier.


I'd only accept that claim if there was an original sales receipt.  From what we've accumulated so far the seller can't be proven wrong, but nothing so far is even remotely like proof that he's right.
  
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I have my spreadsheet assembled.† About 40 listed so far. If anyone wants a copy, P/M me with a direct email address, (or tell me how to do attachments using the forum email).

BTW I turned up one for sale last night that does have what is claimed to be the original sales receipt, dated 1899.
  
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Reply #38 - Jun 17th, 2014 at 5:41am
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The attached picture shows the mainspring on my 46xxx Model 44.† Wisner's has two mainsprings listed.† Early, no hole, same as 1889 Favorite, and Intermediate, screw hole, same as 1894 Favorite.† My spring has no hole.

I'm not familiar with Favorites.† Is the 1889 and 1894 a year, or model number, or?

Is that arrangement on my gun original?† It seems to work, but it isn't the way I would design a gun.
  
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Reply #39 - Jun 17th, 2014 at 6:20am
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Yes, so far as I know that's original.† None of mine have a spring with a hole, and that includes my 1894 Model 108.

Favorite model numbers are two digits, 17, 18, 20 for the smoothbore version, etc.† † Those 4 digit numbers that are so often referredeto are dates of introduction for new versions.† As I get it, there are 1889s, then 1894, then 1915.† †I saw and passed up what I now think was an 1889 at a gun show in April.† Shoulda bought it, even though it was a wreck.†

I know little about Favorites, since I'm much more interested in the Model 12 and Model 101 in the boy's rifle category.†
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Gee, I've been letting the side down here.  Failing to pick up the barrel stamping break at 1916, when the "J.Stevens A&T"  name was changed by Westinghouse to "J.Stevens Arms".    Now I've gotta go back and look at 50 or so For Sale listings to see what that tells us.
  
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Reply #41 - Jun 25th, 2014 at 7:56am
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Dont know if this data is of any value, but there were three Model 44 barrels on ebay (i missed out on the good one!!).
1.  s/n 15632, J Stevens A & T...APR 17 94, .25 RF.
2.  s/n 26088, J Stevens A & T...APR 17 94, 22 LR.
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Reply #42 - Jun 25th, 2014 at 7:58am
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Dang, just found the hot key for send!!

3.  33296, J Stevens A & T....APR 17 94, 22 LR.
  
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Reply #43 - Jun 26th, 2014 at 6:18pm
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Is that arrangement on my gun original?†


Rick--
       Your illustrated main spring is correctly configured (shaped) and correctly positioned in the action, but may not be an original O.E.M. part.  In order to opine that the spring is original O.E.M. J. Stevens, I would need to hold the spring in my hand for 20 seconds.

If it works the action, is that not enough ?

No one knows for certain when your Model 44 was made, so be accepting of that fact.  Unless you locate and consult with a clairvoyant.

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All of the factory records were burned by Westinghouse right after WW1, to avoid having them become evidence a Congressional inquiry.†

Phil W.


Hi Phil --
          I certainly appreciate that you wish to help this person with his question/s.  At the same time, permit me to offer one addendum to your information.  That being the fact that it was never proven by the available direct evidence that Westinghouse Corporation personnel ever destroyed business records belonging to the J. Stevens A. & T.Co. in order to impede the work of the U.S. Congress.

However, I would hasten to add that some such allegations were alleged by certain individuals.

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Reply #45 - Jun 26th, 2014 at 9:23pm
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I have seen various theories on what happened to the Stevens records. Sort of like who really killed JFK? Lots of theories but no one will probably ever know for certain.
  
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Smiley† Maybe I'm giving it too much credence due to current events?† † Smiley

Whatever, they're gone, so reconstructing a time scale based on a survey is all we can hope for.

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Reply #47 - Jun 27th, 2014 at 2:29am
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Back in 1953, when I was 13, I found a book in our local library called "Merchants of Death".  The book was about those American firms who profited from the sales of weapons during the 1914-1918 war. 

(My aunt was the librarian and pointed out the book.  That's probably why I remember the details.).

Anyhow, the writers of the book wrote that Westinghouse burned the Stevens records.

  
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Reply #48 - Jun 27th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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Creedmoormatch, thanks for the reply.  If that's the way it came from the factory, that's the way it will stay.  It just didnt look very secure, so I thought it might be a post production kludge.  If the notation at Wisners is correct, it is "early" production, what ever that means.  Yeah, the date of manufacture will remain a mystery, but still, I'm curious.
  
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Reply #49 - Jun 27th, 2014 at 5:27pm
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That's a very common mainspring arrangement, both for Favorites and for 44's.† The spring should have a slightly concave end to keep it indexed on the peg, and the metal at the rear of the frame and inletting in the grip area of the stock will keep it from wandering out in any case.

There was a guy (think his name was John Kubelka or something) who sold aftermarket springs of that type for several years.† They would primarily fit Favorites, but would work on 44's too, in a pinch.† I e-mailed him about a year ago but he'd run out of stock and wasn't planning on making any more.† I should have bought a couple extras, I guess.
  
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Reply #50 - Jun 27th, 2014 at 6:38pm
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My experience (3 of 4 rifles) is that broken mainsprings of that type are common.  Anyone who shoots one needs a couple of extra mainsprings.

I tried substituting a stronger spring.  It made the trigger pull much too heavy.
  
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Reply #51 - Jun 29th, 2014 at 4:23pm
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The shape of the spring is crucial.   The geometry of the 44 action moves the force vector from the spring much closer to the hammer pivot as the rifle is cocked, when using the OEM spring shape.  This is why good 44s have such a light trigger pull, and require so little effort to cock.   Use spring of the wrong shape, and this advantage is negated.   

Look at the geometry of the last 44 - the model 417 - to see how to negate this feature entirely.   

Sadly, the design wisdom of Joshua Stevens seems to have been forgotten or ignored by his successors.
  
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Reply #52 - Jun 29th, 2014 at 7:52pm
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waterman wrote on Jun 27th, 2014 at 2:29am:
Back in 1953, when I was 13, I found a book in our local library called "Merchants of Death".† The book was about those American firms who profited from the sales of weapons during the 1914-1918 war.†

(My aunt was the librarian and pointed out the book.† That's probably why I remember the details.).

Anyhow, the writers of the book wrote that Westinghouse burned the Stevens records.



I'd be inclined to believe that over many other stories, since "Merchants of Death" was published in 1934, and close enough to the records burning for the author to have gathered first hand knowledge from individuals who knew. Good info Waterman!
  

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Reply #53 - Jun 29th, 2014 at 8:05pm
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Anyhow, the writers of the book wrote that Westinghouse burned the Stevens records.


Hi Waterman --

Am I correct that it was some time ago that you read this particular book?  Most published authors are scrutinized by proof readers, and then editors.

Are you certain that the words "alleged to have burned " were not included in that sentence ?

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Reply #54 - Jun 29th, 2014 at 8:14pm
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It looks as though that book is available on Amazon, but only as a Kindle, which I neither have one nor want one.† † Anybody with a Kindle up for some reading?

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bent_ramrod, thanks for the reply.  My spring has no such concavity, and I was thinking of grabbing my die grinder and adding one.  My spring must be a replacement.  Now if I can just find my die grinder.
  
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Reply #56 - Aug 29th, 2014 at 1:28pm
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I have a 44 in 22lr # 16831 side extractor .......Larry  Smiley
  
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Reply #57 - May 8th, 2019 at 2:16pm
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uscra112 wrote on Jun 9th, 2014 at 5:17pm:
A little summary so far:
Highest number on my list with side extractor is 16260 - Gunbroker† 415163717
Lowest number seen to date with centre extractor is 18040 - a model 45 DST owned by frankeore

Grant wrote that† the center extractor started in 1901.

Highest number seen with screw pivots is 14542† - was on Gunbroker.
Lowest number seen with two-piece bolts is 15329 - was on Gunbroker.
In the 1903 catalog they tout the new design, so it must have been implemented between the 1900 catalog publication and 1903.†

According to catalogs, no centerfire Model 44 actions after 1903, except .25-20 and .32-20† †† Also from 1903 on the Models 45, 47, and up were on the 44 1/2 action, so any such on a 44 action must be 1903 or earlier.†

Highest 44 action in a large centerfire caliber is 25423 - GunBroker 407393445 - a .32-40

Highest centerfire action to date is 52341, a .25-20, Gunbroker† 410040824
Highest centerfire caliber barrel is 61674, .25 caliber in my collection.
Highest Model 44 rimfire to date is 90039 - Gunbroker # 421669982† †† †† †

1929 catalog does not mention [i]any[/i] centerfire calibers for the Model 44, only .22/.25/.32 rimfires.

All Model 44 style actions discontinued in 1932.† Except model 417 which seems to have a new s/n series.


Just so that you can update your list again, I just bought a Stevens 44 in .25-20SS that is just slightly higher in serial number than your previous high number (your barrel #61,674) with my rifle being #61,820.  26" half round / half octagon with a 6 o'clock extractor.

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Reply #58 - May 8th, 2019 at 4:18pm
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Just bought a Model 44 in 22lr† at auction about a month ago.† Serial # 72973.
Looks like a capitol I in a circle stamped into action.† Side of action stamped
"Trade Mark Stevens".† Barrel stamped J. Stevens Arms Co.† Good shooting rifle with terrible trigger.  It has the newer case hardening not the Stevens ripple type.
  
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Reply #59 - May 8th, 2019 at 6:43pm
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I also see that there is another 44 Stevens in .25-20SS very similar to the one I just bought in an upcoming Canadian auction that is listed as serial number 79,810.

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cheatin_charlie wrote on May 8th, 2019 at 4:18pm:
Just bought a Model 44 in 22lr† at auction about a month ago.† Serial # 72973.
Looks like a capitol I in a circle stamped into action.† Side of action stamped
"Trade Mark Stevens".† Barrel stamped J. Stevens Arms Co.† Good shooting rifle with terrible trigger.† It has the newer case hardening not the Stevens ripple type.


Does your 44 by any chance have the coil-spring strut for the hammer?† I know the 417 had that, but wondering if it was introduced earlier.† The old flat "arch" spring gave a slower hammer fall, but I find it easier to get a good trigger pull with it.†
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It has the flat main spring in it.  Off to the gunsmith tomorrow to get the trigger worked on.  My gauge only goes to 6.5 lbs. and the hammer still did not fall.  No hair trigger for sure!
  
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That's BAD for a 44.  May be that the wear is thru the case hardening of the hammer notch.
  
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Reply #63 - May 9th, 2019 at 12:33am
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I believe someone on the list has a very late 44 with a coil spring.
  
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Wow, that's WAY up there in the s/n sequence if that number is being reported correctly!
  
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cheatin_charlie wrote on May 8th, 2019 at 4:18pm:
Just bought a Model 44 in 22lr† at auction about a month ago.† Serial # 72973.
Looks like a capitol I in a circle stamped into action.† Side of action stamped
"Trade Mark Stevens".† Barrel stamped J. Stevens Arms Co.† Good shooting rifle with terrible trigger.† It has the newer case hardening not the Stevens ripple type.


What is the barrel rollstamp?  J.Stevens A&T, or just J Stevens Arms?  That number is right on the break in my database.  And what sights does it have?
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Barrel reads "J. Stevens Arms Co", the rifle is at the gunsmith for trigger work.
Barrel sights are Lyman No. 5 front and Lyman No. 6 rear. Two dollar upgrade of sights for a ten dollar rifle of the day according to my reprinted Stevens cat. 52.
serial no. is correct 72973.
  
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Phil, I am really happy to see a serial number study being done. Look forward to even a teaser publication.
Add #35860 25-20SS J. Stevens Arms Company, 6 O'clock, if it matters. Plain Jane with my apologies to any Janes out there - no offense! Wayne
  
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LarryLee wrote on May 20th, 2019 at 1:45pm:
Phil, I am really happy to see a serial number study being done. Look forward to even a teaser publication.
Add #35860 25-20SS J. Stevens Arms Company, 6 O'clock, if it matters. Plain Jane with my apologies to any Janes out there - no offense! Wayne


Thanks, Wayne.  Actually yours is interesting.  That's the lowest s/n yet which has the J. Stevens Arms Company barrel rollstamp.  This would help define where in the s/n sequence the manufacture was taken over by Savage, save that there are many more of later s/n that bear the old J. Stevens A & T Co. stamp.  My surmise is that you have a replacement barrel there.  Whenever a 44 received a new factory barrel, they would have stamped the original s/n on the new barrel, since barrels do not interchange from one receiver to another.
  
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My model 44; j.stevens A. &T. CO pat. APR.17.94     32LONG R.F.  with upgraded sights f&r, sn; 13781 tight and in pristine condition. what year made?
  
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It will have the 7:00 extractor, and the breechblock and lever pivot screws will be .288 diameter, more or less.†

Model 44s start in 1896, at about s/n 3000, and the last of the side extractors with one-piece screw pivots falls at about s/n 14500.† We think that the change to the two-piece pivots occurred in 1899 or 1900, based vaguely on catalogue references.† So 13781 would likely be 1898 or 1899.† Can't be more precise than that.

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Jack Harrison, who posts here and on Gunbroker as >tenmile<, sells adapter cases and the correct heeled bullets to make your .32 Rimfire speak again in her native tongue.† He suggests Level 1 or Level 2 Ramset charges as propellant, but I much prefer to use "Acorn Blanks" as primer and 2.0 grains of Bullseye.† The effort required to remove the Ramset cases is enough IMHO to shorten the life of the adapters.

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Any guess on when my 44 in 22LR, s/n 69762, might have been made?
  

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It would be after Savage had bought Stevens from Westinghouse in 1920, because it has the diamond rollstamp on the left side. The lowest s/n I have logged with that feature is 69603, but the highest without the diamond is 67866. Significant gap there that I wish I could fill.† Also it's not certain that the diamond exactly coincides with the Savage takeover.† Best SWAG would be 1921, plus or minus a year or two.†

The barrel rollstamp is not a good indicator of date, btw.† I have logged barrels with the 1894 pattern "Arms & Tool" legend up into the 70,000 range, mixed in with the later "J Stevens Arms" rollstamp.† Looks like they were using up pre-war barrels for quite some time into the '20s.
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Trying to reconcile J. Stevens Arms Company rollstamps on a Walnut Hill 22lr and a 44 1/2 Special Scheutzen (like) 22lr  with serial numbers 1806 and 6709 respectively. Both with full round bbls. Did Westinghouse start the series numbering over post war?
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It appears that with the advent of the 44-based Model 417 in 1932, Stevens started a new serial† number sequence.† This was, quite obviously,† well after the end of WW1.† †Models 44 and 414 stayed with the original Model 44 sequence which began at about 3000 in 1896, and ends up in the 90,xxx range. The last 44/414s were made in 1933, according to Phil Sharpe.†

Model 44 1/2 rifles had their own sequence as well, chronologically beginning in 1903 and extending to 1915 or thereabouts.
  
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Hi Phil, here are 2 more for your list;
#8193, .32rf, 7 o'clock ext., 28" barrel, flats flush to receiver, Swiss butt
#48438, 25/20ss, plain vanilla 44 w/26" barrel
both have the A&T roll stamp.
  
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Some photos of 8193 would be of interest.  Pull the forearm and read the numbers stamped there?  The 28" barrel was optional in that period, and seems unusual for a .32 Rimfire.  It will have the screw breechblock and lever pivots. The shank diameter of those would also be of interest.  The number falls in a transition zone; earlier the screws were about .258" diameter, later increased to .288" diameter.  This specimen will help narrow down the range.

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Hi Phil,
No luck with the pictures of #8193, I am not having any luck reducing the size.
Under the barrel is stamped a "2". I have always assumed that to be the barrel weight marking on Stevens but my other 44 has a much smaller barrel and also has the "2". Front of the receiver has a "0" and a "44" which makes me think the swiss buttplate is not original to the gun. So I pulled it off and sure enough, it is stamped with a 22,000 something number.
You are right, most 32rf 44's have a 24" barrel. This one with it's weight and length is a real crowbar.
The screws are the smaller ones.
Hoping this info is of some use,
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Thanks!† That pretty much answers the questions.† It's a bitza.† (Bitza this and bitza that.) I'm more guilty than most of creating rifles like that from wrecks and evilBay parts.†

Still very interested to know the actual shank diameters of the lever and BB pivot screws.  It would help narrow down when the transition from .258" to .288" occurred.

  
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The screws miked .254"
  
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Thanks, Dennis!  #8193 pushes the lower bound for that transition up by quite a lot, from #6939.  Closing in on the upper bound, which is #9225, the lowest number that I have positively identified as having the .288" screws.
  
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Thanks for the serial number feedback, Phil. It is hard to get a grasp on the ranges. It might be interesting for someone to attempt a side by side graph of different model serial number ranges like yours. I wonder if there is a "War gap"?
  
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Reply #86 - Sep 13th, 2019 at 1:59pm
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There almost certainly is a "war gap", but I haven't yet found any evidence to place it with any precision in the serial number sequence.† There's the stamping on the side that is believed to have appeared after the Savage takeover in 1920, when it's also believed by some that the "A&T" was dropped from the barrel rollstamp.† But then we find many examples with Savage-era receiver markings but with the older "A&T" barrel stamp.† Were they just using up pre-War stock?† Who knows?

Model 414 began in 1912, according the Sharpe, and the lowest s/n I have logged is 61189.† Then the diamond stamp on the left of the receiver appears at 69603, so that at least in theory brackets the War, but only very approximately.† The time frame is eight years, if sources are to be believed.

FWIW the very highest s/n I have logged is a 414, number 90248.† Again referring to Sharpe, 1932 was the end of the 414 line.† After 1932 all the 44-framed models were dubbed 417 and 418, and had their own serial number sequence.† I have not been logging those.†

One might reasonably infer that Stevens produced about 70,000 guns prior to 1920, and 20,000 from 1920 to 1932.† But trying to guess how many had been made up to 1916 is next to impossible.†

Data!† I need date-able data!
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Reply #87 - Oct 7th, 2019 at 9:45am
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I'm not sure if you're still collecting Model 44 Data.  I recently won an auction for a Mod. 44, number 2983x in 25-20 SS.  It has the barrel sight and what looks like the original front Beech type sight and a Lyman tang sight. Let me know if you need any additional info.
  

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Reply #88 - Oct 7th, 2019 at 9:54am
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Yes, I'm still logging data.† With a Beach front sight, you might have a Model 45, although more likely the Beach was ordered an an option on a 44.† Any sign that there was ever a tang sight mounted?† A Beach front is usually found with a tang rear.
  
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Reply #89 - Dec 18th, 2019 at 9:34pm
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Just read thru this thread. Hopefully add to accounting of serial #
Have a Model 44 Ser. #65872 in a 25.20.

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Reply #90 - Dec 18th, 2019 at 10:28pm
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Thanks!† I can infer some of the features it will have, but would be good know:

1. Sights?† Standard was Sporting Rear w/Rocky Mountain front, but as an option we often find a Lyman tang sight and Beach style front.†

2. Half-round half-octagon barrel, or all-round?

3. What is barrel roll-stamp?† Either J. Stevens Arms and Tool, or just J. Stevens Arms?† In that s/n range it could be either one.

4. Is receiver stamped on left side with Stevens inside a diamond outline?† This is close to the s/n where that marking first appears, but it should in fact not have it if it runs true to form.

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Reply #91 - Dec 19th, 2019 at 8:53am
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Sadly there were no sights on the rifle when purchased. The barrel is half and half 26 inches long. The roll stamp just has the word Stevens. The reciever has no markings other than the serial number which matches the barrel.
Rifle had been lined with a red man liner, chambered to .22 lr. Sadly the liner is for a .22 short. It has now re built as a .22 lr, sporting a 26 inch Green Mtn barrel and new stock. This 44 was my introduction into the world of falling blocks. Started the disease with no cure.

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Reply #92 - Dec 19th, 2019 at 9:09pm
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Yup.  I started with one dilapidated 44 just to practice gunsmithing on, now I've got a baker's dozen!   Shocked
  
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Reply #93 - Dec 19th, 2019 at 10:06pm
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FYI I have a Stevens 44, #77992, 25 RF, 26" round barrel, sporting rear sight, folding combination front, rear tang drilled with two small holes for tang sight but never had one mounted, case colored action, 6 o'clock extractor, I in circle on left rear of barrel and on left side of receiver, Stevens on left side of receiver but no outline, J. Stevens Arms Company on barrel, "S" and "O" on front of receiver.  Rifle is in excellent original condition and bore is like new.  Any other information I can give let me know.  Thanks, Wally Smith
  
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Reply #94 - Dec 20th, 2019 at 12:27am
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Thanks!†

Do you know how to slug a barrel?† I'm interested in knowing the groove diameter.† There's been controversy over whether the .25 rimfires are .257 nominal or something smaller.†

Also a photo of the receiver would be nice.  Not long before this one, Stevens seems to have changed the case color process so that the old distinctive "ripple" pattern is replaced with a more mottled appearance.  I'm tracking that.



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Reply #95 - Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:05pm
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I have a Stevens Model 47, but not the "range rifle", with a 44 action. The lever is not the common style and not the loop.  But the barrel is marked with the conventional Stevens stamps, SN on barrel is the same as SN on action.  Barrel is marked 25/20, standard Stevens markings.  But the groove diameter is .251 and the twist is 1:17.  Front of action is marked 47 and EX, as well as the mysterious 0s.
  
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Reply #96 - Feb 12th, 2020 at 11:53pm
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Adds fuel to the argument over what the bullet diameter of the Stevens .25 rimfire was.  Some (including Barnes) claim it was .251, but in my collection of Favorites and 44s they all slug around .256 to .258. 

The .251 faction will claim that your barrel was a rimfire blank that somehow got chambered .25-20. 

What's your s/n?  Do I have it in my database?  Do I have pictures? 

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Reply #97 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 8:11pm
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uscra112 wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 11:53pm:
Adds fuel to the argument over what the bullet diameter of the Stevens .25 rimfire was.† Some (including Barnes) claim it was .251, but in my collection of Favorites and 44s they all slug around .256 to .258.†

The .251 faction will claim that your barrel was a rimfire blank that somehow got chambered .25-20.†

What's your s/n?† Do I have it in my database?† Do I have pictures?†

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You already have the rifle in your database.

I' one of the .251 faction.  I think it is just an example of sloppy work & poor supervision at Stevens A&T, not a special order.  I think the EX was for a better-than-average stock & buttplate and a non-standard lever.
  
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Reply #98 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 11:44pm
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Other people, including myself, have argued that "EX" does indeed imply that the rifle has non-cataloged features for its model number.  UNFORTUNATELY, "EX" has also been reported on this forum to be found on rifles that exactly match their catalog description.  I believer the expression is "Go figure!"

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Reply #99 - Jun 26th, 2020 at 4:52pm
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I have a couple of Stevens 44 that may be of interest.

A coilspring action with a full round barrel in .22lr.
#76437. It has a checkered trigger,I thought the trigger checkering was custom,but I've seen another late model 44 with the same checkered trigger.

I have a 44 A&T rifle in .22-15-60,with a higher serial number than you would think at #55144.
  
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Reply #100 - Jun 26th, 2020 at 5:02pm
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Another pic of the .22-15.
  
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Reply #101 - Jun 26th, 2020 at 5:08pm
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Another pic.
  
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Reply #102 - Jun 26th, 2020 at 5:11pm
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Another picture,as a newbie I am trying to figure out how to post pictures,but I'm getting there. Grin
  
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Reply #103 - Jun 26th, 2020 at 6:07pm
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Both are interesting.   That's the first .22-15 I've logged.  s/n puts it prior to the Savage takeover, probably pre-WW1 shutdown. Barrel rollstamp should be the Stevens A&T style, not the J. Stevens Arms version.

The .22 is well after the Savage period starts. Only 44 I have logged that's known to be a coil spring, like the 417.  Unless it's been modified to 417 spec, the number suggests that there's a lot more of those than I thought.  Should have the Stevens stamp on the left side of the receiver, and the barrel rollstamp the later J.Stevens Arms style. 

In both cases, what sights are fitted?
  
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Reply #104 - Jun 26th, 2020 at 6:59pm
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The .22-15 has the standard sporting rear and Rocky mountain front sight. It has of course,a 6 o'clock extractor,and lever and breech block pivots. It also has an excellent bore.

The .22 LR does have the trademark Stevens stamping on the left side of the frame. I've owned this rifle a long time,bought It at a gun show. No sights,it had a Stevens 368 scope.Unfortunately, the barrel was shortened to 20",and was turned down to reduce weight,and the entire rifle re-blued. Yes,the frame had turned that lovely purple color. It now sports new wood with a 404 style forearm. I've also had a new 26"barrel made,and I had CPA color case harden to frame and lever in the ripple pattern. I now know that is incorrect for a Savage made Stevens.
When I have more time tomorrow,I'll remove the stock and take some pictures of the mainspring and post them.
  
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Reply #105 - Jun 27th, 2020 at 4:15pm
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Here is a picture of my Stevens 44 coilspring action:
  
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Reply #106 - Jun 27th, 2020 at 4:16pm
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Reply #108 - Jun 27th, 2020 at 4:28pm
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I was shooting today with my 414 serial 781xx and my friend had a 44 serial about 783xx. Both were coil spring actions.
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Reply #109 - Jun 29th, 2020 at 6:19pm
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If interested here is my rifle.  Serial number 90211, 22 LR, J Stevens Arms Company on the barrel but thinking its been replaced because no serial number on it.  Although curious what the stamped numbers in circle are on left side of reciever and barrel.  Had this gun a long time, rear sight and scope came with the gun but had no front sight when I got it.

  
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Reply #110 - Jun 29th, 2020 at 7:30pm
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I like the little woody grab bit! Is it attached by screws through the front of the curl?
  
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Reply #111 - Jun 29th, 2020 at 7:53pm
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No screws.  Its two pieces that must have been inleted to the lever then glued together.  Its currently a bit loose, been thinking about injecting some epoxy into it.
If you like that you will really appreciate this.
  
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Reply #112 - Jul 1st, 2020 at 2:11pm
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Wow!† That's the highest s/n 44 I have seen.† Only one higher is a 414.† Obviously been worked over.† It looks like it might have a 414 forearm on it, along with the custom buttstock.† The barrel s/n may be under that, since it is longer than the normal 44 forearm.† †It ought to be very accurate with the right ammo.† From what I can see of it, that's a Stevens scope.  How is it marked.?
  
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Reply #113 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 9:15pm
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No marks on the scope.  Had a broken cross hair when I got it and Parsonís fix it.  Be nice to find out who made it.

Wondered about the serial number after reading this thread.

I think the base stock is original and they added the wood overlay, the cheek piece is definitely glued on, did a pretty good job considering. 

I agree about the forearm but no serial number under it that I remember.  Took picture of every number on the gun originally and donít find any pictures of numbers under that forearm.  Only mark on the front of the frame is an ďSĒ.

Nice interesting accurate gun.

  
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Reply #114 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 11:27pm
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Certainly is a nice piece of work.  If I were younger I'd ask you to remember me in your will.  Allyn Tedmon, who admittedly was a Stevens partisan, wrote that the last years of the 44/417 rifles were as accurate as the Winchester and Remington bolters, but got no love because they were awkward to use in the prone position.

I'm wrong about the scope.  Stevens didn't use that "mousetrap" wire spring in the rear mount.  Brain fade.......  Someone who still has all their marbles will have to chime in.

  
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Reply #115 - Jul 3rd, 2020 at 6:50am
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Winchester scope possibly?
Does the action have a coilspring mainspring?
  
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Good question on the mainspring.  I assumed it does, never had the stock off.  Is there a way to tell without removing it?

I know nothing about old scopes so any info on what this one is will be interesting to me!

  
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The "mousetrap" spring is not Winchester's version, plus it looks hand-made.  The mounts resemble those used on Winchester .22s in the '30s and later; however, the scope is not an A5 or B4 and Winchester's later, cheaper scopes while unmarked have tubes of enameled brass rather than blued steel.  The steel tube also eliminates all the other "late" 22 scopes, except those made by Lyman, which I believe like Stevens scopes are always marked.  What's left?  Cataract, possibly, but that company was bought out by and formed the basis for Stevens' "scope department" likely well before the rifle our subject scioe's on was adapted to it.

I give up.  Anybody have Stroebel's Old Rifle Scopes or even his Old Gunsights & Rifle Scopes?

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I always assumed it was a cheaper scope, Parsonís didnít know what it was and thought it was a cheaper scope from the day.  Also, now that you mentioned brass, it does look to be a brass tube, definitely not blued steel.
  
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