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#140405 - 02/20/03 12:01 PM stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
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i would like some information on a stevens 22 pump rifle model 75

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#140406 - 02/20/03 09:01 PM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
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Stevens M75 pump action .22LR was the predecessor to the Savage M29 and apparently was discontinued when the Savage M29 was marketed in 1929.
Production of the Stevens M75 occurred prior to that date. Rifles were not marked with serial number. I've had a M75 kicking around as a "basket case" in a box for a number of years. Recently I cleaned it up, bought a replacement takedown screw and reassembled it doing some research along the way. There is no listing for the M75 in the BLUE BOOK nor is there reference to it anywhere else I have looked except in the Bill West book. Strange thing, my favorite gun dealer now has one on his rack in slightly better condition than the one I have. It is priced at $115.00. Hope this helps.
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#140407 - 02/21/03 10:28 AM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
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Dewker,

You are on the right track. The Stevens 75 is the same action as the Savage 29. Savage had bought the Stevens Co. around 1920. The 75 and 29 were serial numbered together. I'm not a Stevens collector but I do watch for the 29's. Serial numbered rifles at some point in the 1930's were marked L for Savage and M (correction made) for Stevens. I think there are some records available from the Savage Historian. There doesn't seem to be much printed info on this model. I don't know if its production started in 1929 or later around 1933. From what I can find, production stopped around 1938-39. The production quantity of 29's with checkered wood and oct. brls (1933-pre-WWII) was low and I would guess the Stevens 75 production to have been lower yet. The Stevens 75 had a round barrel and straight stock.

Adamsk,

What is the serial range of your rifle. I have some info that might help date yours.

Rick....


Edited by Rick99 (02/22/03 08:57 AM)
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#140408 - 02/21/03 03:53 PM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
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Rick,
I am under the impression that the M75 Stevens simply evolved into the M29 Savage as the Savage management juxtapositioned the product line to suit whatever marketing whim imposed itself upon the powers-that-be. Savage history seems to be rife with such planning and decisions. The Savage M340 vs the Stevens M325 is one example. Other examples exist.

The BLUE BOOK lists the Sav M29 and indicates that production was initiated in 1929 (perhaps that is the orgin of the model designation "29"). As you pointed out, the design of the Stevens M75 and the Savage M29 are practically identical. In need of a takedown screw I was able to obtain a Sav M29 screw which I have used in the M75. The screw was about 1/8" too long and required shortening.

I have the feeling that the M75 Stevens was discontinued at the time in 1929 that the M29 was marketed. Admittedly, it is simple logic which causes me to form that judgement. My M75 is not serial numbered. I will check on the one that I discovered in the gun shop to see if it is serial numbered, that is, if it has not been sold.

The Stevens M75 seems to be one of those "lost" models for which very little if nothing at all is recorded. The one which I have is certainly not the pride and joy of my collection due to the fact that the metal finish is brown and there are rust pits in various places over the exterior surfaces. The bore is decent and it does go "bang" when the trigger is squeezed. Kind of a neat curiosity and one which can be tossed in the back of the pickup and not be worried too much about.

Thanks for your input. It adds to the dialogue.

Dave (dewker)
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#140409 - 02/21/03 07:24 PM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
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Rick,
Looks as though I must eat some crow. Logic be damned, my assumptions vis-a-vis the Savage M29/Stevens M75 are apparently incorrect.

I have gone to the West book on Savage/Stevens and find that the Savage M29 originated with Savage, as previously thought, in 1929 as a pistol grip octagon barreled rifle. Production continued until 1968 per Bill West. At some point the octagon barrel was dropped in favor of a round barrel.

The Stevens M75, rather than being a predecessor model, was apparently brought out in 1931 as straight grip/round barreled "cheapie" version of the Savage M29 and was continued in production through 1938 after which it was discontinued.

The Stevens M75 was actually a parallel product line with the Savage M29 for the period 1931 through 1938.

The foregoing makes the assumption that Bill West is correct in his reportage.
However, that old saw "assumption is the mother of all screwups" must certainly apply to this issue.

Repectfully and humblely submitted (for whatever it's worth),
Dave (dewker)
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#140410 - 02/21/03 08:04 PM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
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I going to confuse the issue alittle more. It is my understanding that the Steven's 75 is indeed an economy version of the Savage 29. I have three and they have serial numbers 151xx(no prefix) , #45XX (no prefix) and one marked Stevens Model 49 230XXK. At the last Tulsa show I saw two, (obvious) 75's, straight grip short pump handle marked Steven's model 29. I believe my Steven's marked 49 is a factory misprint and should have been marked 29. I"m glad we have cleared up the confusion. Pact

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#140411 - 02/22/03 09:51 AM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
Rick99 Offline

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Dewker, Pact,

I made an error that I corrected in my other post. Per the Historian "... in 1933 they (Model 29's) jumped to a higher block of numbers starting with 118,000 and added suffix letters to distinguish between three types- "K" for branded gun receivers for Model 75's and 29's, "L" to indicate regular Model 29, and "M" to indicate regular Model 75". Pact - I would think that your Model 49 was a "Brand" marking rather than a mis-marking.

The Model 75 serial numbers that Pact listed are interesting. The Historial stated that the Model 29 serial was change from a 4 digit to a 6 digit number during the first year of production (100,000 jump). The serials Pact listed would have been numbers that the Model 29 skipped over. Did the Model 75 start with the skipped numbers or did they come later in production. The Savage records indicate that Savage stopped logging the 29/75 in late 1931. There doesn't seem to be many 29/75 collectors to get information from. We may never know the full history but we can keep working on it.

Rick....
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#140412 - 02/23/03 11:43 AM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75
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Hey Rick & Packer,
To continue the saga of the M29 and M75.......................

As I mentioned in my previous post/reply, I stopped by the dealer who has the Stevens M75 on his rack. I examined it thoroughly and it does not have a serial number evident anywhere on the rifle. The same holds true for the one I own.

Obviously, the M75 has not sold even at the reasonable price of $115.00 so I have to suppose that there are not many people standing in line to buy one.
What a pity!

I can offer nothing new vis-a-vis the Savage M29. Can't recall seeing one anywhere, only read a little about it.

Dave
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#3910734 - 03/19/10 07:21 AM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75 [Re: Dewker]
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Hello. I realize this is a a very old thread, but maybe someone around this campfire can help me. Can anyone post a couple of pictures of a Stevens/Savage model 75? Or send me a link to a site where pictures are posted? I need to identify a recently bought .22. Thanks Water_bug

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#3914940 - 03/20/10 01:17 PM Re: stevens pump 22 rifle model 75 [Re: water_bug]
Rick99 Offline

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Here is a photo that GeneB posted earlier:

6th from the top is the Stevens 75.

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa105/GeneBB/Stevens%20Pump/Stevenspumps001a.jpg
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