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Old 12-29-2008, 09:06 PM   #1
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We are trying to find out just how many Stevens 425 High Power rifles were actually manufactured. We do not believe the 26,000 number quoted in the Blue Book and Flayderman's, nor do we believe the 10,000-11,000 figure quoted in Bill West's Savage & Stevens book. In the Marlin Firearms book by Brophy, he claims that only about 1,000 were manufactured between 1911-1917, and that might be a much more accurate figure.

If you have a Stevens 425 series High Power rifle, or know someone who has one, please post the gun's serial number on this forum. So far we have identified 18 guns, with the lowest number being #1050 and the highest #5302. The Stevens 425 serial numbers were lumped together in the Stevens' records with another Stevens rifle, possibly the Crack Shot No. 15, and the 425 numbers do not appear to be consectutive, so identifying individual rifles is important.

Please help.

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Default 29 found so far

So far, we have only 29 Stevens 425 High Power rifles on our list.

Any more out there????

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Hello everybody! I am in need of a cartridge carrier for a M425 High Power in 35 Remington, serial #4677 if memory serves me correctly. It has been in my family for 5 generations and was used a great deal for deer and bear hunting in northern New England. If anybody knows who may have parts for these rifles I'd would be grateful for the information. This thread was a pleasant surprise to find, I didn't think that there was much interest in these guns. I'll watch for more serial numbers and any other info to post.

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Hello everybody! I am in need of a cartridge carrier for a M425 High Power in 35 Remington, serial #4677 if memory serves me correctly. It has been in my family for 5 generations and was used a great deal for deer and bear hunting in northern New England. If anybody knows who may have parts for these rifles I'd would be grateful for the information. This thread was a pleasant surprise to find, I didn't think that there was much interest in these guns. I'll watch for more serial numbers and any other info to post.
correction: it's serial #1477, all other information is the same.
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Thanks Phineas. We now have 40 guns on our list

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Another Stevens High Power lever gun: #4594 in .30 Rem

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I just got lucky and purchased a very nice Stevens 425 High Power lever gun. It is serial number 1766 in .32 Rem. So now I have an earlier High Power and a later one (serial # 4837 - also .32 Rem).

We now have just 41 High Powers on our list. The problem remains that it's difficult to reach gun owners who don't have a computer. If you know of any, or see one at a gun show, please share the serial number and caliber with us.

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I emailed GUN DIGEST requesting that Stevens 425 High Power owners send me the serial numbers and calibers of their rifles. I haven't received my issue yet, but GUN DIGEST printed my request and the response is coming in now.

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Default 61 Stevens 425 rifles - so far

So far, we have found just 61 Stevens 425 High Power rifles. The low serial number is still 1050 and the high number is still 5594.

Gun Digest is going to publish another letter hunting for High Power owners in their upcoming NRA issue. This letter will include my regular street address so persons who don't have a computer can contact me.

Several persons have suggested that the numbers we've collected indicates that Stevens made 5000 of these guns. However, we have found no consecutive numbers, and would think if there were 5,000 of these guns we would have found lots more than just 61.

We need more serial numbers and calibers.

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