Stevens Scout 14 1/2 Rolling Block Rifle

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  1. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    I picked up a fun little plinker! Its a Steven Scout 14 1/2 rolling block 22lr. Was built before WW2 but with out a serial number I have no clue when and don't know much about the rifle. All I know is that it is a fun little plinker that is addicting to shoot! Took it out to the range, put a beer can out at 50 feet and watched that beer can jump backwards each time I fired! That is until midway through the session. Can was laying sideways and I was shooting at the middle of the can. I could not seem to hit the danged thing no matter how carefully I aimed! Got frustrated and went down to stand the can upright for a clearer shot. What I found was right where I was aiming there was a large hole torn through the can and a trench dug behind the can from where my bullets were hitting perfectly in line with where I was standing! I was shooting through the hole! 50 rounds went way too fast and due to limited time that is all the ammo I brought. Sure can not wait to get out to shoot that thing again!

    Does anyone have more info on these fun little rifles? Ideas about when it was made due to style?


     

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  2. big shrek

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    IIRC, 1906-1910

    The difference between it & the #14 was the 14 had a one-piece slab stock & the 14 & 1/2 was a two-piece takedown :)

    J. Stevens Arms eventually became a division of Savage Industries...

    Hey, does the other side of the buttstock have STEVENS #14 1/2 carved in it??
     
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    Nothing carved in the stock. So, if I understand you correctly this rifle was made between 1906 and 1910? AND is a take down? It gets more interesting all the time!!!!

    Patent markings say 1907!
     
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    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

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    Been a long time since I saw one of those. They make excellent first rifles for young shooters but they are fun at any age.
     
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    You can say that again Cy!!! I had a great time shooting that little rifle! Small but not too small. When the weather clears a bit I am going to slip out and chase tree rats with it!
     
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    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    That should be a great squirrel harvesting machine. Looks like is in fairly good shape Morgen.
     
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    Thanks Rex! It had some light rust and corrosion on it but it cleaned up pretty well for it's age! I like it!
     
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    Congrats Tex and glad to hear the outstanding accuracy. Going to Gun Show soon and will keep my eyes open for a jewel like this
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Yep, this one's a keeper!
     
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    The model 14 was 1906-1910, I actually have no dates at all in my books for the 14 & 1/2...which is weird.
    Its entirely possible that it could have been anywhere from 1907-1916...several of their rifles stopped in 1916, due to the Great War.
    I think I need more books... ;)


    The take-down is why it has a two-piece stock, unlike the 14.
    How it comes apart, I've got no idea ;)
    But it is a nifty rolling-block rifle :D

    The reason I asked about the carving, I've seen a picture of a 14 with some period carving done on one side which said,
    "J. Stevens #14"...It was well enough done that I wondered if it was stock, or just a really happy owner who was a talented carver ;)
     
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    That would go perfect into a BoB!
     
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    'blue book of gun values' shows: j. stevens little scout no.14 1/2 as being made 1909-1936....18 or 20 inch barrels.... odd, my book doesn't show a model 14....
     
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    Just a peek at the little Favorite I found.
     

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    I have one that is a 1903 that my dad used when he was young. His brother took it apart and lost quite a few parts in the breech. They're very hard to find.... ugh..... I'll see if anyone here knows where to get some parts or a gun with a bad barrell or stock that I could get for parts. And yes, they're a sweet little gun!

    David
     
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    I have one as well that was my Dad's -
    "Little Scout 22 - Long Rifle Pat. July 2 - 07" 14½

    20" barrel.
    The stock appears to be one piece w/ metal butt plate.
    Tiny stamp on left side of breech/body, next to forearm -
    it's about 1/8" and could be a square or a diamond (depending on perspective)

    Another stamp on the barrel about 1/4" from the breech at about 10:00 -
    Can't make out what it is - kind of looks like a circle w/ 5 points around it.
    Also about 1/8" in size.

    In EXCELLENT shape - no rust; wood is worn but not damaged.

    I haven't fired it but I know my Dad did.
     
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    Gotta love those old single shots:):) JR
     
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    Actually those 14 1/2 .22s were manufactured between 1911 and 1941. I have my Dad's that he bought out of a Sears and Roebuck catalog in 1935 for, I believe $2. Yeah, shipped it right to my grandma's house....crazy.
     
  20. Big Dog

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    My Dad bought a few guns from Sears&Roebuck like that. It was a simpler and more elegant age.
    My old Stevens Model 15 is the later bolt action "Boy's Rifle", though I do believe there was an earlier "Model 15" rolling block?
     
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