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Stevens 45
Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:21am
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Stevens 22 marked 45 under the lever with the long octagonal barrel and single set trigger in the 11xxx range.  Shot it offhand today; very nice.  It appears to be a 44 1/2 receiver with the rounded bolt and bottom screw near the rear, but were there others with the top front screw similar to the 44's?  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks
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Re: Stevens 45
Reply #1 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:45am
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The 44-1/2s in .22 rimfire had the forward screw like the 44s in order to give purchase to the kicking ejector that they were fitted with.  It has no other function.
  
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Reply #2 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 8:17am
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Whereas all other makers charged extra for half-octagonal barrels, they were standard on most Stevens rifles, and full-octagonals were optional at about $2 extra. What's the barrel length?  26" was standard for RFs.

That 3-leaf open sight looks a little bizarre on a RF, but you're lucky to have the A5 scope.
  
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Reply #3 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 8:40am
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Thanks guys. The barrel is 30 inches measured to the firing pin. 

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Reply #4 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 9:46am
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patriot wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 8:40am:
Thanks guys. The barrel is 30 inches measured to the firing pin. 



Definitely special order--another $2 option.
  
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Reply #5 - Jan 11th, 2018 at 12:08pm
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Now, I'd like a .22 like that! Never owned a Stevens, but then, I never saw the likes of that hereabout, either. Thanks for showing it.
  
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Reply #6 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 11:05pm
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Opened up a front iris for the long barrel and shot it today.  Holds great, but my finger would need a few sessions to learn the trigger.  Cleaning it tonight I pushed the trigger forward just out of curiosity and heard the click.  Well dah, its a set trigger.  Back to the range tomorrow.  Anyone know if they were factory or custom?  Adjustable inside?  Thanks

Update - found a couple of drawings and a photo of a single set trigger; not certain yet if they are the same.

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Reply #7 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 8:39am
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patriot wrote on Jan 12th, 2018 at 11:05pm:
  Anyone know if they were factory or custom?  Adjustable inside?  Thanks



Stevens did offer a single-set trigger, in fact, two slightly different designs, though they're very seldom encountered. Should be a screw head for adjustment in the back of the trigger.
  
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Reply #8 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 10:36am
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I've seen two Stevens 44's with single set triggers. They looked factory, and I wondered if someone was making or reworking these. They also worked flawlessly!
What was interesting was both were removable lower tangs like a 44 DST tang.
  

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Reply #9 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 2:16pm
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Really like that rear barrel sight. Never seen one like it. I have a 45 with double sets. Can't see how they could get much better than that.



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Reply #10 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 3:54pm
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That rear barrel sight is very seldom seen. Pretty sure they were made by W.F. Sheard.
The Lyman 103 tang sight is very nice as well as the rare single-set trigger.
I have a Stevens #45 in 22lr on a 44 1/2 action that is similar to the one pictured in that it has a slightly heavier 30" full octagon barrel only mine has no front or rear sight dovetails. It left the factory with a Stevens scope instead.
Mine has double set triggers and does not have the kicking ejector or the extra screw in the side of the action.

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Reply #11 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 5:51pm
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sureshot wrote on Jan 13th, 2018 at 3:54pm:
...mine has no front or rear sight dovetails. It left the factory with a Stevens scope instead.


The omission of those slots is the rarest factory option of all! At that time, damn few buyers would risk trusting to a scope alone.
  
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Reply #12 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 10:56pm
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marlinguy wrote on Jan 13th, 2018 at 10:36am:
What was interesting was both were removable lower tangs like a 44 DST tang.


Yes, it is a removable lower tang.

Redsetter wrote on Jan 13th, 2018 at 8:39am:
Should be a screw head for adjustment in the back of the trigger.


Correct.  It appears to control the sear engagement by adjusting the screw contact to the frame.  I've got it soaking in Kroil to see if it will adjust.

sureshot wrote on Jan 13th, 2018 at 3:54pm:
Pretty sure they were made by W.F. Sheard.
Steve   Smiley


Yes, the leaf sight is a Sheard.  Any pictures of your rifle?


Thanks everyone for sharing your expertise.
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Re: Stevens 45
Reply #13 - Jan 14th, 2018 at 6:05pm
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Does the rear sight have a name on it? I have something similar on one of my Stevens but can't recall who's name is on it at the time. Looked it up when I got the gun and the sight alone was around $300 at the time. Beautiful rifle with some rare options. The single set triger is a winner. I have a couple of double set triger Stevens but have never seen a single set one that I am aware of.
  
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Re: Stevens 45
Reply #14 - Jan 17th, 2018 at 3:27pm
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slumlord44 wrote on Jan 14th, 2018 at 6:05pm:
Does the rear sight have a name on it?


The leaf sight has "W.F. Sheard" on the front.  I didn't see a name on the tang sight.  I believe it is a Lyman 103.  It has a "P" on the underside which appears to be correct for this rifle.
  
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