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Old 10-27-2011, 06:27 PM   #81
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We have looked over the entire surface of the rifle looking for the serial number and have not found it. Aside from the date, make, model, caliber, and production facility there are no other markings on the rifle. I have been assured that all of the parts for the rifle are original.

As for the production date we were under the impression that the date stamped next to the rear sites was the production date, as the date on my rifle is different then the one posted earlier by another member.

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The date stamped next to the rear sight is the patent date. It should read "MAR.15.29.1910". It is NOT the date your rifle was manufactured. Sorry.

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I have recently purchased a 425 in .35 remington when I receive from seller I will submit serial number if needed serial number starts with 13xx i have been looking for one for four years

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Old 11-16-2011, 04:27 PM   #83
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If you look under gunbroker there is a model 425 .30 .30 remington listed under relic rifles

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Informed that serial number under stock and other wood

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If you look under gunbroker there is a model 425 .30 .30 remington listed under relic rifles
Yes, I saw that listing. It seem to be a very nice rifle, but very high priced. At least for me.

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Informed that serial number under stock and other wood
The serial number for the Stevens 425 is normally on the lower tang, under the lever.

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A further thought on the above numbers. I think it's interesting to note that the number of Stevens High Power rifles is almost the same in each serial number range, except the 5000-5999 range which may be explained by the fact that we have not found a rifle with a higher number than 5594 -- only about half way through the range, thus about half as many rifles.

In my opinion, a survival rate of only 10% is very low and I think this might indicate that even fewer than 1000 were manufactured.

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I agree that a 10% "survival rate" would be low. I suspect that not every gun that has survived since manufacture has been accounted for by your survey. If you've gotten 100 responses, there were thousands made, because for every gun accounted for there are dozens sitting in closets somewhere whose owner isn't aware of your survey.
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Natman:

I am the first to agree that we have not found every Stevens 425 High Power manufactured. However, I disagree with the rest of what you say. We have been at this for 4 years, on every forum we could find, and we had letters to the Editors of Gun List The Magazine for people who did not have a computer. Plus we asked every person who had a 425 High Power, or went to a gun show, or even knew someone who went to a gun show to be on the outlook for 425 Stevens lever action rifles. So far we have only found 147 of these rifles. Acording to your reasoning, if thousands were made, with dozens sitting in closets somewhere (26,000 manufactured according to The Blue Book) then even 10% would mean 2,600 guns, not 147. In addition, ALL the serial numbers found are only 4-digit serial numbers -- with no letter prefix or suffix to indicate several series of serial numbers. Where are the higher serial numbers? Plus, as I said, the number of guns we have found in each serial number range has been almost exactly equal (except the 5000-5999 numbers). I think it would be an extremely odd coincidence (read impossible) that the 147 guns we have found are all guns from the first 1,000 manufactured!

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How long have had interest in Stevens. I have been looking for 4 years and purchased rifle from Bill Goodman of Goodmanguns out of Bozeman Montana. There is not much information on these Beauties. How many rifles have been located ? I agree rifle is beautiful seller a little cocky

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Hi,

I've been interested in Stevens rifles since my dad bought one at auction in Vermont in 1950. I was 11. The rifle was a Model 44 1/2 in 25-20 Single Shot. My dad passed away in 1996 at age 86 and I still have that rifle today and it is still in 98+ condition. Plus I've picked up several other Stevens over the years -- mostly the high quality Stevens like the Models 44, 44 1/2, 45, 47, and of course the 425 High Power. We have found just 147 of these so far. (see my post above).

What is the serial number of your gun?

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