Dave I'm not Don but I've seen more than a few 44 and 44 1/2 actions with custom barrels and wood on them. I suspect someone put a barrel chambered for a more common and easy to find round than the.25-20SS.
Well, I'll be a son-of-a .....Ah-Ha!!! My turn!! It's a Beech or Beach front sight....lol I can't remember which way it's spelled.
Ah..evidently it is "Beech."
Vic, I don't know who started the spelling difference, probably the same guy that started calling magazines, clips!You know, I was pretty sure I remembered it being spelled "Beach" but, when that indisputable source, "the internet" was checked it was spelled "Beech". But, what do I know. I go back to those halcyon days when people read books and gun magazines had writers who knew what they were talking about and editors could spell and punctuate.
I didn't know Lyman made a similar sight, good info.
MG, good info! "Somewhere" I have that info, and couldn't find it. The two rifles look about the same, but the parts don't interchange. I've heard the 44 1/2 stocks will go on a 44, but the wood is extra proud.With the Stevens font on this barrel it's obviously a factory barrel. Stevens 44 and 44 1/2 barrels are very close in thread size, and shanks. The 44 is 20 V TPI with .745" round shank 1.575" from barrel step to chamber end, and the 44 1/2 is 16 V TPI with a .83 round shank. 1.438" barrel step to chamber end.
His barrel is for the 25-20 SS not the .25 RFBest bet is to find a complete Stevens 44 rifle in .22LR, and then you'll have a two barrel set with your current .25RF barrel, and the same firing pin will work for both. May need a 2nd extractor once you try it and see if the .22LR extractor catches the rim of the .25 and extracts OK. The two barrel set will also add value to the whole package, as a Stevens in .22LR has more interest and value than one in .25 Stevens RF. The .25 RF's are avoided by most people simply because the ammo is scarce, and extremely expensive when you find it.