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Thread: Changing a Stevens 44 25 rimfire to 22 LR

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    Boolit Mold
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    Changing a Stevens 44 25 rimfire to 22 LR

    Found a Stevens 44 25 rimfire with a bad barrel. Was thinking on rebarreling to 22 LR. Does firing pin need moved? If so what is needed to make this work?

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    Boolit Master
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    I recently converted a .32 RF pistol to .22 RL and the same firing pin worked fine.
    Now mine was done with a barrel liner epoxied in the barrel and cylinder adapters epoxied into the cylinder because I had to make a notch in the rim of the adapter to clear the original firing pin.
    But If I wanted to, I could have made the adapters removable and just narrowed up the tip of the firing pin.

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    The Stevens Model 44 Firing pin typically is at An Angle trending Upward and has a 'wedge Shape Tip that usually will "hit' on a .22, .25, or .32 Rimfire Rim; But not always Well.
    IF you Can do the work, it is better to make a Firing Pin with a Tip Made to hit the rim size you intend to fire.

    Best Regards,
    Chev. William

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    thanks for the info

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    I did a Remington #4 rolling block .25-10 (.25 Stevens) to .22 LR. The firing pin did not need any modification at all.

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    Just finished a Favorite from 25 to 22. Firing pin hits enough to work but it is close to the edge. On a 32 rim fire I had to move the firing pin a bit. Moving the hole and making a new firing pin with the end off center works fine.
    John Taylor, Taylor Machine, gunsmith

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