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Reply #30 - Jun 14th, 2017 at 9:08pm
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I examined this gun for about ten to 15 minutes at a gun show in San Angelo a year or so ago.  I was amazed at the good condition with brass small parts, sight etc.  The quality of the work was very good on what appears to be a designers model to exhibit the concept, especially after I dropped a light down the barrel and confirmed smoothbore.  The Bullard buttplate was in very good condition and was nicely attached to the buttstock.  This is a very nice gun but of very little practical use. 
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Reply #31 - Jun 19th, 2017 at 6:19pm
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Bullard parts were not made by Bullard, but by a 3rd party foundry.  In any event, if the maker was in or around Springfield, Mass., finding such a buttplate ought to have been easy. 

This gun (no longer a rifle, since it is a smoothbore) ought to attract a serious Stevens collector, but not us shooters.
  
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Reply #32 - Jun 22nd, 2017 at 11:07pm
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There are several side plate stevens rifles with brass frames that are documented prototypes in the factory.
Most likely, brass being easier to machine, it was preferred for trying out new ideas.

Such changes in the design were incorporated into production without any announcement or fanfare in the side plate years.

I think this rifle is another such shop model. I'd like to see beneath the side plate to see what changes were made.

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Reply #33 - Jun 24th, 2017 at 10:49pm
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I made an  Horr Sideplate action from the patent drawings. I enlarged the drawings so that they were  the same size as the large Stevens sideplate as shown in DeHass Single  Shot  Rifles and Actions . Its 25-20 Win. caliber and it shoots really good. I made a temporary stock for it out of poplar but I have walnut for a permanent stock, I might make one like this so called Bullard/Stevens. Paul.
  
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Reply #34 - Jun 25th, 2017 at 2:52am
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Otis Wyman Horr (1828-1900) was a machinist & stockmaker who worked for Stevens from the early 1870s thru the early 1890s.  He lived on Fuller Street in Chicopee Falls.
  
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Reply #35 - Jun 25th, 2017 at 10:56pm
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Have seen Paul's Horr patent action. He did a very nice job.
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Reply #36 - Jun 26th, 2017 at 11:27pm
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Thanks, Chuck. I appreciate that coming from a master gunmaker.
  
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Reply #37 - Jun 27th, 2017 at 2:34am
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RJM wrote on Jun 22nd, 2017 at 11:07pm:
Most likely, brass being easier to machine, it was preferred for trying out new ideas.

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Ron


Also would not require the long hours of heat treatment that is necessary to make a malleable iron casting.
  

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