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Stevens #5 weight .22 barrels?
Sep 13th, 2017 at 4:50pm
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I posted in another thread a few pictures of my Low Wall 1885 Win. with a #5 weight Stevens-Pope .22 barrel.

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In the last few weeks I've been trying to figure out if this was a special order barrel for Stevens on their rifles, or if it was just one of the options they cataloged?
I have a half dozen old Stevens catalogs, and looking at the Stevens-Pope Barrels section I see Stevens barrels offered in#1-2-3-4-5 weight. But I don't see any listing for a .22 RF caliber Stevens Pope barrel. Pretty sure I've seen guns in .22RF with Stevens-Pope barrels, but not positive.
Wondering if those knowledgeable in Stevens single shots, or Stevens-Pope rifles, might have some input on how common or rare a .22RF Stevens-Pope is. And also if anyone has seen the Stevens-Pope .22RF barrels in this #5 weight my 1885 has?
The catalog shows a #5 weight at 28" to be 9.5 lbs., but no mention of caliber? I'd guess this .22 #5 weight barrel is a bit heavier by a pound or so. The catalog also lists Stevens actions with wood at 3.5 lbs. so that would be a 13 lb. rifle for a CF caliber.
I've only seen one #5 weight Stevens rifle, and it was a schuetzen model with a .33-40 Pope barrel.
  

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Re: Stevens #5 weight .22 barrels?
Reply #1 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 5:41pm
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Val, I remember seeing a Stevens-Pope 22 RF at the WAC show in Puyallup about 1986 to 1988.  I believe it was on a HiWall, but may have been a LoWall.  It was definitely a schuetzen configuration, but I'm not sure what weight it was.
  

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Re: Stevens #5 weight .22 barrels?
Reply #2 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 8:20pm
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J. Stevens barreled lots of rifles, and they recut many barrels too. I've seen one rifle that had a very heavy Stevens barrel in 32-40, larger than the one on your rifle.  I think they'd make you anything you were willing to pay for $$$.  Wink
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Reply #3 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 10:31pm
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val have you made it out to shoot it yet ken
  
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kensmachine wrote on Sep 13th, 2017 at 10:31pm:
val have you made it out to shoot it yet ken


Need a firing pin. This one is broken.
  

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Reply #5 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 11:26pm
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Schutzenbob wrote on Sep 13th, 2017 at 8:20pm:
J. Stevens barreled lots of rifles, and they recut many barrels too. I've seen one rifle that had a very heavy Stevens barrel in 32-40, larger than the one on your rifle.  I think they'd make you anything you were willing to pay for $$$.  Wink


I have a Baallard #3 that started life as a .22RF and is marked "Rebored by J Stevens" and ".25RF". Has a full length Stevens scope on it too.
  

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Reply #6 - Sep 14th, 2017 at 1:37am
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i will look to see if i have one I am pretty sure i do ken
  
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Reply #7 - Sep 14th, 2017 at 10:08am
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marlinguy wrote on Sep 13th, 2017 at 11:26pm:
I have a Baallard #3 that started life as a .22RF and is marked "Rebored by J Stevens" and ".25RF". Has a full length Stevens scope on it too.


Saw another #3 at a show years ago, but put it down after seeing the ".25RF."  Now if it too had had a Stevens scope, it would have been my money I put down.

Though .25RF is a market-killer today, the motivation of a shooter to rebore when US-made ammo was still available is well understandable--not only to restore a bad bore, but because the .25RF was a superior hunting cartridge. 


  
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Redsetter wrote on Sep 14th, 2017 at 10:08am:
Saw another #3 at a show years ago, but put it down after seeing the ".25RF."  Now if it too had had a Stevens scope, it would have been my money I put down.

Though .25RF is a market-killer today, the motivation of a shooter to rebore when US-made ammo was still available is well understandable--not only to restore a bad bore, but because the .25RF was a superior hunting cartridge. 




I think that's why this one was extremely cheap. I was attracted to it because the condition was minty, with 98% barrel blue, perfect wood finish, and gorgeous case colors. Then the saw it was in .25 Stevens RF. But it was impossible to pass up, and I have a half dozen boxes of .25RF Cannuck ammo, so it does get occasionally fired. Been toying with the idea of buying some .25RF Ramshot charges, and making up a breech seater to be able to shoot it even more.
  

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kensmachine wrote on Sep 14th, 2017 at 1:37am:
i will look to see if i have one I am pretty sure i do ken


That would be excellent! I can order one, but if you have one that's much easier! Also considered drilling out the old pin and Loctite in a new one.
  

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marlinguy wrote on Sep 14th, 2017 at 10:23am:
I think that's why this one was extremely cheap...


"Extremely cheap" can overcome a multitude of objections! 
  
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Redsetter wrote on Sep 14th, 2017 at 11:45am:
marlinguy wrote on Sep 14th, 2017 at 10:23am:
I think that's why this one was extremely cheap...


"Extremely cheap" can overcome a multitude of objections! 


Yes! This one was priced low enough that either the gun or the scope was free. Figured I bought one of the two, and the other was a bonus!
  

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Reply #12 - Sep 16th, 2017 at 1:21am
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Val I went thru my 1885 parts. I only have one of the rimfire pins.
I have about 8 of center fire pins but I have close to that in actions that I have apart. if you cant find one I would lit you have the one I have Ken
  
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Reply #13 - Sep 16th, 2017 at 8:36am
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kensmachine wrote on Sep 16th, 2017 at 1:21am:
Val I went thru my 1885 parts. I only have one of the rimfire pins.
I have about 8 of center fire pins but I have close to that in actions that I have apart. if you cant find one I would lit you have the one I have Ken


Are you coming to OAC on the 24th of Sept.?
  

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Re: Stevens #5 weight .22 barrels?
Reply #14 - Sep 16th, 2017 at 10:00am
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