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Thread: Stevens 44 vs 414

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    Stevens 44 vs 414

    Will Stevens 44 action parts work in a 414 receiver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danth View Post
    Will Stevens 44 action parts work in a 414 receiver?
    Danth,
    I am not familiar with the Stevens "414" Model by that designation.
    However, I am familiar with the Stevens "Model 44" action ( also known as an 'Ideal') and it is of the "Pivoting Breech Block" type; as it is an enlarged copy of The Stevens 'Favorite' type action.
    as such it has a Pivot pin/screw forward of the plane of the Breech face and below the barrel tenon with a Link between the Breech Block and Lever aiding in support of the Breech Block in 'battery' position.

    I also have read that the 'Walnut Hill' action is a "Falling Block" type Action in that the Breech Block moves in a linear, nearly vertical, travel when transiting from Battery to Open and back.

    So, it would seem, your Question's answer depends upon how your action breech block moves and the relative sizes and shapes of its component parts.

    There are others that frequent these forum threads that may answer your Question more fully.

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    To answer your question- yes. A 414 Armory is nothing more nor less than a 44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chev. William View Post

    I also have read that the 'Walnut Hill' action is a "Falling Block" type Action in that the Breech Block moves in a linear, nearly vertical, travel when transiting from Battery to Open and back.

    The only true Stevens falling block rifle is AFAIK the Model 44-1/2.

    All the rest were either swinging blocks with the pivot point somewhere ahead of the rear of the chamber/barrel, or a break-open design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnoahhh View Post
    To answer your question- yes. A 414 Armory is nothing more nor less than a 44.
    Thank you for adding to my Knowledge Base.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pietro View Post
    The only true Stevens falling block rifle is AFAIK the Model 44-1/2.

    All the rest were either swinging blocks with the pivot point somewhere ahead of the rear of the chamber/barrel, or a break-open design.

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    That's right. The Stevens design for the Favorite and 44 (or Ideal) is actually a rolling-block. There is no reason why they couldn't have been made with slight play on the pin and the block making contact with a matching curved surface in the rear of its mortice. But it never was. They are excellent actions for rimfire or equivalent rounds, but nowhere near as strong as the 44.

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