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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #15 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 2:00pm
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coondawg wrote on Apr 10th, 2018 at 1:16pm:
oops I meant non-matching number. I was told the serial number matches a highwall.



Number appears to have been messed with--almost looks like an electric pencil was used on it.

The early LWs (which this one is not) used same lower tang as HWs, but later ones used a different, thinner, one that would stand high in the inletting if not modified.  So maybe what someone did was grind it down in thickness, then re-mark the ser. no. with an electric pencil.


  
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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #16 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 2:30pm
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You’re probably going to have to pull all those bullets anyway.  Bullets for all the original small .25 centerfires had stubby noses, like the one you show on the WCF Version.

I like the retention of the “tulip” end on the rebarrel job on the Low Wall.  Gives it a nice, expensive touch.
  
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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #17 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 2:57pm
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I think that 25/20 SS case will chamber after you pull that ugly looking jacketed bullet.  Ledball
  
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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #18 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 3:59pm
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Thanks for the replies. I will pull a bullet and see if the brass fits. If it does I will pull the rest. I have considered shooting black powder loads.

I had a gut feeling that the serial number on the Winchester was ep'ed but was hoping it was the right serial number. It is a good shooter even with my old eyes.

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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #19 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 6:41pm
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I pulled a bullet and the brass fits but was still a little tight around the neck.
  
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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #20 - Apr 11th, 2018 at 9:00am
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I ordered a CPA breech seating case this morning. Seems like the the way to go with 25-20ss.
  
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