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Stevens 44 barrel markings
Mar 19th, 2019 at 7:49am
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Stevens 44 purchased at an auction. The stock has been modified in past with changes to the butt-plate.  The barrel appears to have been set back at least once in the past.  Will be doing a chamber cast in near future but wondering what the original caliber was.
Can someone explain the barrel marking?  I am assuming the one with the fore-end screw hole drilled in is the serial number.  Are the other numbers are the caliber?
If it is I would like a little more information about this caliber if possible.
Thank you in advance.
  
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Re: Stevens 44 barrel markings
Reply #1 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 9:09am
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Yes, the damaged no. is the ser. no., & "110" is the model no. (highest grade Stevens was making at that time), which means it was made before some time in 1896, when 2-digit model numbers replaced the 3-digit ones, beginning with "44" & going up.  "32-35" was the original cartridge.
  
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Re: Stevens 44 barrel markings
Reply #2 - Mar 20th, 2019 at 7:11pm
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Thank you.
  
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Reply #3 - May 5th, 2019 at 8:04am
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Redsetter has it right.  You've got a rare bird there.  I want to think that the barrel marking says .32-35, which was a Stevens offering in the Tip-Up era. Barnes says it has a base diameter of .402", and a rim of .503", used a .312" bullet.  At a glance, brass might be made by rather severely swaging down .30-30 to get the correct base diameter.  Dies will have to be custom-made.  Barnes also says that the .32-35 was a respected target cartridge, only displaced in later years by the .32-40.
  
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Re: Stevens 44 barrel markings
Reply #4 - May 5th, 2019 at 8:19am
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Please post some photos of this rara avis if you can.
  
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