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Thread: Stevens 1894 Project Help Needed

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    Boolit Master

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    My Two cents:
    1. Ask John Taylor to give you an estimate on a reline to match the Existing designation, 38-55, using a TJ Liner or other liner as recommended by John Taylor of Taylor Machine.
    He has done work for me and I am well Pleased wiht both the timelyness and reasonable costs o fhis work.

    2. Buy a Barrel blank and have it machined to fit your action, chambered in the caliber of your choice. I am slightly Prejudiced toward Lothar Walther barrel blanks as every one i have purchased has been within +/-0.001" of stated Bore/Groove diameters when slugged.

    From your description of your Stevens '44-1/2' it sounds like you traded for an excellent single shot action of moderate strength. Moderate because it is NOT suitable for the Various Rifle Magnum cartridges and is most comfortable with Middlel of the road pistol calibers or target Rifle calibers of moderate velocity and recoil.

    I do not believe "O' stamping indicates a thinner, smaller, receiver as several of my Stevens actions have that Stamping and measure equal to others without such Stamping.

    Good luck wiht your project.

    Chev. William

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    I relined one for a friend recently to 32-20 and it is a tack driver.

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    If you choose to go with a new barrel, I'd highly reccommend BRC. They've been putting out target grade accurate barrels at prices of most other company's std. grade barrels. I know several people who are shooting them and doing extremely well!

    http://brcrifles.com/brcrifles.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by marlinman93 View Post
    They've been putting out target grade accurate barrels at prices of most other company's std. grade barrels.http://brcrifles.com/brcrifles.htm

    I wish I had of known about them when I bought my .375 barrel blank! I finally settled for a Green Mountain blank with a 1-12 twist, I really like GM barrels but 27" (around 25" finished) was the max I could get and I really wanted longer than that and BRC has it. As far as pricing at BRC that is some of the best prices available anywhere and is nothing short of fantastic for a high quality barrel, I will have to consider them for my future barrel needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldred View Post
    I wish I had of known about them when I bought my .375 barrel blank! I finally settled for a Green Mountain blank with a 1-12 twist, I really like GM barrels but 27" (around 25" finished) was the max I could get and I really wanted longer than that and BRC has it. As far as pricing at BRC that is some of the best prices available anywhere and is nothing short of fantastic for a high quality barrel, I will have to consider them for my future barrel needs.
    They seem to be a little known secret in today's barrel market, and I see guys shooting some of the tightest groups and highest scores around using their barrels. I have a friend who shoots cast bullet benchrest, and schuetzen using their barrels and getting a fair number of perfect 250's with them.

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    A light cleaning without over cleaning will make that 44 1/2 a good looking gun. It's a nice original as is, so don't get carried away with the cleaning and ruin the patina.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
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