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Old 02-17-2014, 04:33 PM   #191
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I purchased this with receiver missing. I believe that over the years these rifles were heavily used due to their lower cost than their competitors. A lot of people may have these fine rifles but do not realize what they have in their posession! Stevens may have not manufactured as many rifles as thought. Due to this factor thus the low numbers that are recorded.
Maybe you should contact GunDigest again? I believe 40% would be a good estimate. What is the rate for other rifles of that period and time frame?


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Old 03-04-2014, 01:18 AM   #192
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I have a collection of 4 Stevens 425 high power rifles. I also just sold a 5th
.32 rem S.N 1886 Very Good cond.
.32 rem S.N. 3152 Excellent Cond.
30/30 S.N. 1403 Very Good cond.
.35 rem S.N. 2386 Very good cond.
.25 rem Sold . I will post S.N. Latter.

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Old 03-04-2014, 01:57 AM   #193
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I think more get destroyed than you think. During ww2 a lot of scrap was needed and people gave up lots of things to help the war effort (a damaged nonfunctioning gun might help a son during the war if it was turned into a tank or new gun). I think contacting the Cody museum with your info and talking to a statistician might help. We have all heard of guns found in dire straits lost and rusted in the woods, guns lost in rivers lakes and stream. I think confirming if there was another firearm number with the 425 would be a great piece of info. If there is another firearm numbered with it start a like thread on it. In short time you should start to fill in a ratio between the 2 guns. These are a few on my thoughts.

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I think more get destroyed than you think. During ww2 a lot of scrap was needed and people gave up lots of things to help the war effort (a damaged nonfunctioning gun might help a son during the war if it was turned into a tank or new gun). I think contacting the Cody museum with your info and talking to a statistician might help. We have all heard of guns found in dire straits lost and rusted in the woods, guns lost in rivers lakes and stream. I think confirming if there was another firearm number with the 425 would be a great piece of info. If there is another firearm numbered with it start a like thread on it. In short time you should start to fill in a ratio between the 2 guns. These are a few on my thoughts.
Savage says the Stevens 425 High Power was serial numbered with another gun (possibly identified as a Model 15) and that there is no way to separate the Stevens numbers from the other gun.
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I purchased this with receiver missing. I believe that over the years these rifles were heavily used due to their lower cost than their competitors. A lot of people may have these fine rifles but do not realize what they have in their posession! Stevens may have not manufactured as many rifles as thought. Due to this factor thus the low numbers that are recorded.
Maybe you should contact GunDigest again? I believe 40% would be a good estimate. What is the rate for other rifles of that period and time frame?


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I still think Brophy, in his Marlin book, was correct when he said only about 1,000 Stevens High Power rifles were ever manufactured. In the six years I've been looking (with this forum and other sources) I've seen very little to cause me to change my mind. We have found VERY few consecutive serial numbers (almost none!) and the number of guns in each serial number range has remained constant. The thought that a low priced gun would mean a lower survival rate doesn't make sense to me. A lower priced quality gun I think would mean higher sales, and thus more survivors.
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The thought that a low priced gun would mean a lower survival rate doesn't make sense to me. A lower priced quality gun I think would mean higher sales, and thus more survivors.
Survival rate means a percentage of all guns made that survived. A low priced gun will be used and will therefore probably have a lower PERCENTAGE of survivors than a high priced heirloom.

If the gun has high sales, then it may have a high number of survivors despite a low percentage, but I haven't seen much evidence that the Stevens 425 had particularly high sales, at least compared to the Winchester 94 and Marlin 336.
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No you can't separate them except by starting a list of there serial numbers the numbers will not be duplicated but in short order you will start filling in the gaps in your 425 numbers. I do not believe it is the model 15 looks like a much newer 22 bolt action.

I would suspect that the 425 survived at about the same rate as model 94 Winchesters or Marlins of the same time frame and think someone from the Cody museum could help.

Still need to know what firearm was lumped in with the 425 probably looking in a catalog from the era of the 425 to find a gun that may have been numbered with it. then checking serial numbers to see if they duplicate or not. If they duplicate than that is not the gun in the same number blocks.

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if I am not mistaken model 15 does not have serial numbers

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just aquired my 4th 425 in 32 rem #3087 do u have that #

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Thanks, yes #3087 is on our list.

I have a Winchester Model 11 SL Autoloader 12ga. shotgun that I would sell, but would prefer to trade for a Stevens 425 High Power in .25 Rem. Anybody interested?

Peter Zobian
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