View Full Version : More info on stevens 38 special rifle

July 20, 2009, 05:20 PM
]I'm trying to find some info on a J. Stevens A & T 38 special rifle. THe markings on one side has "38 special 25 25" and the bottom of the lever plate has 7333.

Bud Helms
July 20, 2009, 06:18 PM
We have a research forum.

July 20, 2009, 10:26 PM
I think you need a chamber cast. The rifle left the factory chambered in 25-25 Stevens. Somewhere along the line, either to rescue a shot out barrel or to be able to shoot a old gun that was chambered in a long obsolete caliber, someone reworked it to 38 Special. Since the 38 Special was developed and first saw use in 1902, it may have even been done when the rifle was new, but I doubt it.

July 21, 2009, 09:24 AM
[The rifle left the factory chambered in 25-25 Stevens.]
[someone reworked it to 38 Special.]


The barrel marking looks like it's been added.

Please do us all, and yourself, a favor - and do not shoot any +P or high-performance loads through that fine old rifle.

If it were mine, it would only see lead bullets loads, gently.


Mike Irwin
July 22, 2009, 11:16 AM
Yep, lead bullets, standard velocities, ONLY.

In fact, I'd be inclined to shoot Trail Boss through it.

Jim Watson
July 22, 2009, 07:13 PM
Interesting, it has the Scheutzen butt with the simplest of barrel sights. If it showed promise with standard velocity lead .38s, I would look into tang and globe sights.

July 22, 2009, 07:22 PM
That is a neet old riffle ,i also have an old stevans but mine
is an o/u 22 410 sorry

July 22, 2009, 07:36 PM
We have a research forum.

That's the kind of response and attitude that sends newbies elsewhere.

July 22, 2009, 10:49 PM
:) Bud was simply explaining why it was moved from another category