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Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Oct 10th, 2018 at 7:12am
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At least I think it's a 108.  Certainly not a 45.  Serial number 2156. 

What is that tang sight?  Did Stevens have a screw-elevation sight in 1894?
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #1 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 8:34am
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uscra112 wrote on Oct 10th, 2018 at 7:12am:
  Did Stevens have a screw-elevation sight in 1894? 


They are shown in catalogs from the '80s up to about 1900-- two different styles, if the catalog illustrations are accurate, first a thick base, later a thin base, which was the same evolution in Winchester sights; in fact, they resemble Winchester sights of the same period.
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #2 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 12:25pm
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I could not find the poster's rifle; how about posting it's item number?

But I did find an odd "Favorite" (?) with a square-cornered receiver and an exceptionally long but original-looking hammer spu., item # 787733667.

I'd be interested in what Redsetter and other Stevens people think of it.

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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #3 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 12:59pm
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Stevens 108 that sold on Ebay awhile Back.
  

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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #4 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 1:01pm
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Dummy forgot to post the link.  Embarrassed

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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #5 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 1:55pm
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Kurt_701 wrote on Oct 10th, 2018 at 12:59pm:
Stevens 108 that sold on Ebay awhile Back.


That sight isn't the one he means, which is the one with an adjustment screw for elevation at the top.
  
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Reply #6 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 1:58pm
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uscra112 wrote on Oct 10th, 2018 at 1:01pm:
Dummy forgot to post the link.  Embarrassed

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That sight is in the '88 catalog, called "improved vernier mid-range."
  
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Reply #7 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 4:16pm
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These Steven's rifles are often encountered by me in my travels. Usually looking like the one on GB, as posted. Mostly they're pretty well worn, brown, chipped and buggered. Mostly rimfire, rarely centerfire. So what I wonder is : is the 1300.00 opening bid the going rate for that type rifle with the sights and in that condition? Seems too high to me, but what do I know?
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #8 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 4:55pm
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Gunfunpow wrote on Oct 10th, 2018 at 4:16pm:
So what I wonder is : is the 1300.00 opening bid the going rate for that type rifle with the sights and in that condition? Seems too high to me, but what do I know?


I think it's a fair price for this model with those sights, though the chips in the forearm & scratches in the buttstock (both on right side) are very unfortunate because they look like they were done recently by some careless idiot POS, & the mere thought of that kind of stupid mishandling somewhat puts me off.
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #9 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 5:06pm
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Well, the more you pay, the more it's worth, as the old auctioneer cry went.

That one is interesting because of the very low serial number.  According to most sources, the series started at 2000, and at about 3200 the two-digit model numbering starts.  So it's literally one of (approximately) 1000.

I've paid quite a bit less for two good examples in that range, but I've been lucky, maybe. Right place at the right time, and knowing more than the seller about what was on offer.   Wink

BTW by my ongoing survey, centerfires outnumber .22 rimfires among survivors by a comfortable margin of about 3:1, until you get past WW1 in the timeline. 
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #10 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 6:22pm
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uscra112 wrote on Oct 10th, 2018 at 5:06pm:
\According to most sources, the series started at 2000, and at about 3200 the two-digit model numbering starts. 


Do you mean the numbers continued from the sideplate models?  Otherwise, 2000 seems an odd starting point.
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #11 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 6:38pm
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Apparently yes.  Grant stated it with confidence, anyway.  The lowest s/n I have logged is 2013, a Model 109.  The highest number that's got the square corner is 2629.  The next one up that I have logged is a Model 54, with the rounded corner, and it's s/n 3210.  So Grant's surmise that 3000 may be the change from three-digit number to two-digit seems probable.  Need to find a few in between 2629 and 3210 to narrow it down.   I have not made any attempt to log sideplate models.  They're just too rare when searching the Internet. 
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #12 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:09pm
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The scratches are unfortunate, but if it's for sale at a gun shop it likely gets handled a lot and that can lead to scratches or slips. Even the careful owner occasionally has an accident, and not always under his control if it happens. I had a rack fail at a shoot and there were probably 10 guns in it when it failed. Unfortunately 6 of them were mine, and a couple suffered damage.
I wasn't happy, but what do you say, or who do you blame? Just had to suck it up and repair them when I got home.
  

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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #13 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:22pm
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Well, I'll continue the hunt for a nice centerfire Stevens and if I have to pay the long dollar, then there it is. I just don't think a brown gun is worth over $1000, unless it's really special. Anyways, I'm still involved with my low wall project, which I found on the rack at a local shop for $50 bucks out the door.
  
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Re: Stevens 108 on Gunbroker
Reply #14 - Oct 11th, 2018 at 8:32am
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marlinguy wrote on Oct 10th, 2018 at 11:09pm:
The scratches are unfortunate, but if it's for sale at a gun shop it likely gets handled a lot and that can lead to scratches or slips.


If it happened at a shop or at a gun show, should have resulted in an immediate, no-dickering, sale. Of course freak accidents happen even to the super-careful (like me): a sudden gust of wind blew a 5 lb Boss double I once owned out of a rack at a shooting preserve, breaking the stock at the wrist.  But the vast majority of damages (not ordinary wear) to guns is caused by human stupidity.
  
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