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Stevens Butt Plates
Feb 11th, 2011 at 9:29pm
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Hi Frank,
Since we are just a tad off the topic of Malcolm scopes, I'm starting another thread here "Stevens Buttplates" and will post some photos for you.  The stock and buttplate are from a Model 45 from the late Jim Grant's collection.  This appears to be the Number 3 Heavy Swiss buttplate.  This would interchange with the Stevens hard rubber shotgun buttplate which made it very handy to change the configuration of the stock for either target or hunting use.  I once owned a Model 47 that had both of these buttplates still with it.  The catalog page is from an original General Catalog No. 33 (1911).  Interesting misprint shows the Number 3 buttplate upside down!
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Re: Stevens Butt Plates
Reply #1 - Feb 12th, 2011 at 12:02am
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Thank you again, Leon,
I've never seen a original Model 45 with this butt stock before. It looks like mine is a very good copy.

I'll get my frame back in two weeks and can start putting it together. I have to order the 7mm barrel and reamer for it then, too. It will be the Rabbeth 28/20SS that he wildcated before his 25/20SS. The frame is the 32/40, 6 o'clock extractor action. I this this will be the perfect CF caliber for it. I was going to make it a 32 Ideal. I bought the barrel for it years ago but, I think I'm going to like the 28 better. At least, I'll learn a lot from it Smiley

I should have it shooting this summer.

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Reply #2 - Feb 12th, 2011 at 10:15pm
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Frank; If you want ,CPA has the #3 in steel if you want to color case it      ...MIKE...
  
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Reply #3 - Feb 18th, 2011 at 12:41pm
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isn' the number 5 unside down as well?
  
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Re: Stevens Butt Plates
Reply #4 - Feb 18th, 2011 at 3:11pm
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henpeckedmuch wrote on Feb 18th, 2011 at 12:41pm:
isn' the number 5 unside down as well?


That was certainly my impression as well.

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Reply #5 - Feb 18th, 2011 at 5:45pm
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Who has a steel casting for the #2 plate? Have looked at CPA, Track and some other muzzleloader sights. Anybody making them. Talked to a guy this afternoon about copying the #2 I have in brass which would not really be correct but other choice is hack from solid.
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Reply #6 - Feb 20th, 2011 at 11:34pm
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You could always sand cast one in the privacy of your own garage.  I am working on a plate like that right now for a rifle I don't own or haven't figured out what it'll be yet.  Just found a custom plate on a rifle a buddy picked up that fits me well and I really like.
  

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Reply #7 - Feb 21st, 2011 at 10:32am
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A friend's friend works in a local brass foundry, will know this coming Wed. if I can get a couple copies made using the butt plate from one of my Stevens  model 45s. Been thinking about what to coat the pattern with to make it enough larger to overcome shrinkage. Suppose I could ask him to just wiggle it around in the sand a little. Hacking one from the solid sounds like a lot of time so cleaning up a sand casting does not sound so bad.
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Reply #8 - Feb 21st, 2011 at 4:10pm
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Tape it up with multiple layers of masking tape or duct tape.

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Reply #9 - Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:22pm
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Have you looked through Dixie Gun's catalogue?
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Reply #10 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 11:53am
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I've owned a Stevens with the #2 buttplate. It was pretty well monkeyed with, but the plate and stock seemed to have been together for awhile:
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A few other style buttplates for Stevens:
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Reply #11 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 1:17pm
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They are beautiful guns, Vall. You should add them to the picture thread.

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Reply #12 - Feb 23rd, 2011 at 10:23pm
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Thanks Frank!
  

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Re: Stevens Butt Plates
Reply #13 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 7:46am
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I remember reading somewhere that those early small Swiss butt plates were the same as on the Ballard and that originally they may have come from the same source.
Is that a brain fart or did anyone else read that also?
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Reply #14 - Feb 24th, 2011 at 10:15am
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John,

Im glad you said it, cause I was thinking I had read that also. Like you, I cannot for the life of me remember where. With the dozens and dozens of gun books I have, old magazines and then this forum, could have read that anywhere.

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