it was made approx. 1896-1916
The Stevens model 44 Ideal single shot rifle,which was chambered for .22LR thru 44-40WCF cartridges was produced from 1894-1932.
Do you mean "Shotgun"? Stevens didnt make a shotgun model 44. Perhaps it's a rifle? Stevens made a Model 44 single shot Rifle valued from $250 to $600 in mint condition depending on caliber.
Several of the early Stevens single shot rifles were available with smoothbore barrels chambered for .32, .38, and .44 shot cartridges. The 44 shot or 44 XL was a version of the 44-40 rifle cartridge loaded with birdshot. It is equivalent to a 2 inch 410 shotgun shell. WARNING A modern 410 shell may chamber in this gun (and if it will chamber, it will fire) but DON'T TRY IT if you want to keep all your body parts.
There was an overwhelming number of models of Stevens Tip Up rifles made. Would have to get considerably more details and/or pictures to make a determination.
You sure it doesnt say '44 Shot' instead of '44 Short'? The .44 Shot cartridge was a popular small bore shotshell before the introduction of the .410. firstname.lastname@example.org I'd suggest a trip to the library. Find the Standard Catalog of Firearms and look at the listings for Stevens. Your shotgun is probably a smoothbore version of the Tip-Up, Ideal, or Favorite rifle.
This rifle was known as the 44 and a half and is very desirable to most gun collectors. This piece if in good condition will bring between $400 and $900.
Marked with that version of the company name, it would have been made between 1886 and 1916.
Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms
This particular model from research on mine personally,informs me it is a .44 ga shotgun. Produced from 1914 to 1916. "featherweight#101" About 5000 made. I cant seem to vind a good value calculator. I have seen some go for 900.00 and a couple go for under 200.
Many of the shot guns are valued in price close to $500 each. The amount will vary depending upon the condition that it is in.
Would have to identify exactly which model Stevens rifle you have. Need ALL of the markings. And, condition is everything, so digital pictures would help. www.countrygunsmith.net
THE GUN IS A .44 CALIBER SHOTGUN, NOT A .410 CALIBER. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT IT MAY HANDLE VERY SHORT .410 CALIBER SHOT SHELLS OF LOW POWER BUT, IT COULD RISKY.
The COP company (now out of business) made a 4 shot .357 magnum, but cannot recall a 4 shot 44.
The 44 shot is the American fore runner of the 410. The Stevens uses a 44-40 shell loaded with bird shot. The most famous gun to use this round was the Marble Game Getter, a pistol with folding stock, a 22 long rifle rimfire upper barrel and a 44 lower barrel. Marble marketed the gun (1908) by stating that you could fire the 44GG or 44XL in the lower barrel. The 44GG is a 44-40 loaded with a round ball, the 44XL is the 44-40 loaded with about 1/3 oz of bird shot. The 410 was already in use in England at this time. Greener mentions the 410 in 1879. By about 1915 it began to make an appearance in the US as a 2" brass load. By the late 1920's the 410 had dominance and the 44 shot was not being chambered in any new guns, though it was continued in production until the late 1940's or early 1950's by some ammunition companies. Please be aware that modern 44-40 ammunition shoult NOT be fired in vintage firearms marked 44 shot, 44GG or 44XL. If .44-40 rifle ammo can not be used in the 44 SHOT J. Stevens Arms and Tool single shot lever action with hammer. Then what kind of ammo sold can be used in it? Even though it is a smooth bore can a single projectile be fired out of it (similar to a 12 ga. slug shot out of a non rifled barrel)? Can the pest control rim fire ammo made in .44 cal be used( this is rim fire ammo though for a center fire gun, does that even work)?
The 44XL shot cartridge was a specific chambering. Have a gunsmith look at it and determine if it can be used with or converted to 2 1/2" .410 shells. email@example.com
Impossible to answer without a detailed description. Could be 10 USD, could be 1000 USD
where can you buy shells for 44 shot steven
The Stevens 44 action came first. It is a rolling-block type single shot and has four screws through the side of the action. The 44.5 action was first put on the market around 1903 and was developed for use with smokeless powder. It is a true falling block action and much stronger than the 44. It has higher side walls supporting the breach block. Ned Roberts, who developed the 257 Roberts cartridge used the 44.5 action for his experimental work sometimes with loads developing 50,000 psi chamber pressure. The breach block on the 44.5 has a "rocking" motion when opened or closed. This will press the cartridge into the chamber when the action is closed. By about 1913 the market in America for single shot rifles was over and Stevens dropped it from their catalogs. A modern version of the Stevens 44.5 is currently made by CPA Rifles. Their website shows several types of rifles made with this action.
Need a bit more description. Is this a pistol? If so, do you have a detachable wire stock for it? Would the description "tip-up" action seem appropriate for the method of loading it? These were called "pocket shotguns" and their status with the BATF is questionable if the barrel is less than 18" or the gun is less than 26" long without the stock. A few of the Stevens Favorite and Ideal models were also made with a smoothbore for shot shells.
Certainly can't determine the caliber with out seeing the guns, unless it is marked on the barrel. Can't determine the value unless we know the models. I can tell you the one marked J. Stevens & Co was made between 1864 and 1886 and the J. Stevens A & T Co gun was made between 1886 and 1916. Stevens made several models of single shot pistols and "pocket rifles" in .22 short, .44 Russian, and almost every caliber between. You might check your library for a copy of Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms or The Standard Catalog of Firearms and see if you can identify your guns.
100-1000+ depending on exactly what it is and condition
Stevens made several smoothbore guns chambered for .22, .32 and .44 rimfire shotshells. A .32 rimfire would be .09 inches smaller in diameter than a .410 and a lot shorter. There were 9MM shotshells which would be about .05 inches smaller, but I don't think Stevens ever made a shotgun for these.