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Re: Stevens 44 1/2
Reply #15 - May 9th, 2019 at 4:40pm
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Stevens Ideal, I believe that the Pope Model had a full octagon barrel;
  
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Reply #16 - May 9th, 2019 at 6:03pm
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Despite the slightly fancier forearm checkering than seen in the catalog cut, and the "52" stamped on the action, if the buttplate is a No. 3 rather than a No. 4, the rifle seems much more likely to be a No. 49.

Also, from the extra screw in the action's face, I assume the rifle has an automatic ejector.

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Re: Stevens 44 1/2
Reply #17 - May 9th, 2019 at 11:06pm
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Bill Lawrence wrote on May 9th, 2019 at 6:03pm:
Despite the slightly fancier forearm checkering than seen in the catalog cut, and the "52" stamped on the action, if the buttplate is a No. 3 rather than a No. 4, the rifle seems much more likely to be a No. 49.

Also, from the extra screw in the action's face, I assume the rifle has an automatic ejector.

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Bill,
The screw shown in the face of the action threads in the hole that holds the shank of the breech block plunger, and the breech block plunger spring, used to rock the top of the breech block rearward as the action opens.
The screw that the plunger in the ejector works against will come in from the side of the action if so equipped... if the action was a standard extractor model, it wouldn't have the extra screw in the side of the action.
  

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Re: Stevens 44 1/2
Reply #18 - May 10th, 2019 at 11:41am
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Early 52 had the 4 finger loop lever. then the Pope style lever added later.
Pope would make his barrels in any configuration that you would order round, part octagon, or full octagon.

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Re: Stevens 44 1/2
Reply #19 - May 10th, 2019 at 1:03pm
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The barrel on the 52 pictured is a full octagon 30" long
  
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