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high velocity ammo in Steven's 44 1/2
May 18th, 2015 at 10:53pm
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I have an old Stevens Ideal 44 1/2 in .22 caliber in the 4000 serial range which I think dates it about 1910 or so, gun in excellent shape with most case colors and blue present with excellent barrel, can I shoot modern high velocity 22 ammo with it or should I limit it to old lower velocity? Thanks
  
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Reply #1 - May 21st, 2015 at 6:11pm
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absolutely!!!!           MIKE
  
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Reply #2 - May 21st, 2015 at 6:22pm
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flathead rick wrote on May 18th, 2015 at 10:53pm:
I have an old Stevens Ideal 44 1/2 in .22 caliber in the 4000 serial range which I think dates it about 1910 or so, gun in excellent shape with most case colors and blue present with excellent barrel, can I shoot modern high velocity 22 ammo with it or should I limit it to old lower velocity? Thanks


Get some Standard Velocity.  It's more accurate anyway.

In fact, in the last year, about the only rimfire seen on gunshop shelves has been CCI Standard.   
  
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Re: high velocity ammo in Steven's 44 1/2
Reply #3 - May 22nd, 2015 at 12:54am
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High velocity ammo will be fine. It is one tough action. I usually use standard velocity in mine most of the time because it is usually more accurate. That being said, mine also seems to like Stingers a lot.
  
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Re: high velocity ammo in Steven's 44 1/2
Reply #4 - May 22nd, 2015 at 12:37pm
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The 44 1/2 was and is used for some high intensity centerfire cartridges with excellent safety.  I shoot .22 Lovell from one, and am almost done with making a Hornet barrel for it.  It'll be loafing with any .22 rimfire cartridge you can name.  I have read of the Stevens .22 rimfire barrels being rechambered for the Hornet and the Lovell in the early days of those numbers, so one can assume that the barrel steel is adequate also.
  
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Reply #5 - May 27th, 2015 at 4:36pm
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Thanks to all for your input.
  
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