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 Post subject: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:20 am 
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Hey all, I've been poking around this site for a bit and realized the wealth of knowledge floating around here so I figured I'd try my luck and see if someone could help me out with a few things.

I just picked up an old Stevens 520 pump the other day and really wanted to find the age of it and maybe an approximate value. I know its not too valuable with the normal wear of an old gun so I figured around 150 + or -?

The guy I bought it from had never fired it and the previous owner before him hadn't in 25 yrs, so its been sitting for around 35-40yrs without being touched. But it still cycles real smooth and the action was well oiled when I broke it down. I was going to try and take it out for some trap later this week and wanted to know what type of loads I should be putting through it. With the gun most likely being 80+ yrs old I'd assume steel shot would be out of the question but I've heard varying input on the subject. I don't know much about ammo but I'm hoping suitable rounds for this gun wont be much more expensive, I'm just a poor college student :P . Anyways thanks in advance for any input, I appreciate it.

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Its labeled Ranger on the left side of the receiver with a # 6 enclosed in a circle stamped on the lower left. The barrel has a # 5 stamped the same way with it labeled as a full choke underneath and a serial number of 94834. It also has a weird crescent moon type stamp on the bottom of the magazine. I'd post a picture but my camera just died on me, I'll try to get something up later.




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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:09 am 
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Is it the double hump or single? Also is the safety in front of the trigger, or on the tang behind the reciever?

I had one for a while. I believe it's pretty stout, but I just stuck with low pressure loads. They're complicated as heck, but very well built.

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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:25 am 
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A sample Stevens for comparison -

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Mine is also a Ranger, but has no markings other than S/N and bore. It is a 16ga, choked full.

One caution - it can slam-fire, as disconnects weren't common at the time it was designed. Other than that, it's a very solid piece that can break down into a convenient package as well.


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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:18 am 
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If the gun in question is a double hump gun and marked J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. or J. Stevens A & T Co. it is pre-WW-I. Pre-WW-I they made some high grade guns --

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If it is marked J. Stevens Arms Co. it is post WW-I. The No. 620 replaced the No. 520 as the Stevens pump gun by 1927 and the No. 520 was then marketted as a Riverside Arms Co. gun for a while.

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The single hump No. 520-30 was a later gun that was made as a trench gun and in "trade brands" but I've never found it shown in a Stevens catalogue, just the parts lists as a Stevens Model 520A --

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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:33 am 
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Sorry it took me a few days to get some pictures up. They're a little crude from using a webcam but hopefully it can help someone identify. As far as I can tell with the old ads researcher posted, it is a 520 due to the slight pistol grip on the stock. Although it doesnt have any of the markings like J. Stevens Arms Co. or J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. to differentiate pre/post WW1.

Chucker- thanks for the heads up on the slam-fire. I read that somewhere else also.

Is there no record of serial numbers for this line of guns? I've been searching the internet and haven't been able to come up with anything. Hopefully with the pics one of you guys who knows more could identify the age. Thanks for the responses guys, I appreciate it.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:57 am 
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There is a gentleman who has old records, and will check for a fee. See this post for the address -
http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=246046&hilit=chicopee


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:17 pm 
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RANGER is the name used by Sears Roebuck and Company on most of their firearms.

The guns, rifles and shotguns, were made by many companies.

Cross reference here: http://www.hoosiergunworks.com/catalog/ ... rence.html

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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:30 pm 
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The statement from the Savage Historian -- "Serial numbers are not generally available for Stevens arms. A history of the model, giving all available information along with the approximate date of manufacture can be furnished....."

The handout I copied this from gave a price of $5 but was from back in the days of Roe Clark. The currant Historian is John T Callahan, 53 Old Quarry Road, Westfield, MA 01085 and the last price I saw quoted was $15. You've gotten as much info here for free as you'll get from John for $15.


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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:54 am 
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cool thanks for your help guys. I appreciate all the input.


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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:03 pm 
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Hi All, If you need the disassembly manual for the Stevens 520 I have It on my site
http://afdeals.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_2_54&products_id=135"


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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:23 am 
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Hi All, If you need the disassembly manual for the Stevens 520 I have It on my site
afdeals.com It's loaded with different manuals


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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:57 am 
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I'm looking for parts for my Wards Western model 30/Stevens 520 16 gauge. I need a Buttstock and ejector where can I buy those from


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:08 pm 
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I've purchased parts for my 12 gauge from ebay, gunbroker, and numrich. You'll want to try those places.

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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:07 am 
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Hello
I just bought a Westernfield Model 35 (Stevens Model 520) yesterday. I've been thinking about getting one for a while now and found a decent deal. Once I get it cleaned up a bit I'll post a photo.
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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:31 pm 
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Interesting and generally well-made old guns. Produced in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, the Stevens Model 520 is a circa 1904 John M. Browning design that has had many names and versions, including the 520, 520A, and the Model 520-30. There was even a Riverside Arms (lower cost?) version marketed by Stevens. Sears & Roebucks and Montgomery Wards had their own branded-variants (made by Stevens). Montgomery Ward's guns were called Western Field Model 30s and the sub-gauge Model 35s (in 16 and 20-gauge). The Sears versions were called both Ranger Model 30s and Model 35s (pre-WWII), and then the JC Higgins Model 102.25 (after WWII).

The double-hump versions with the safety inside the trigger-guard were the early models (up through the late 1920s?). The next variant (still double-humped) had the safety moved behind the trigger guard, and the final version (the single hump Model 520A or 520-30) had a tang safety near the back of the receiver.

There was even streamlined and "modernized" variant, the essentially "hump-less" Model 620, which came out in the middle/late 1930s, but they still seemed to make 520s up into the late 1940s. I believe the Montgomery Wards version of this redesign was the Model 60-SB620A.

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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:39 pm 
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Here is the one I got a while back.
Mine is Montgomery Wards Western Field Model 35 12 Gauge.

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In various stages of initial clean-up (it needed it...understatement).
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And I found a vintage Brauer Bros./Moose Brand Take-Down Shotgun Case that is perfect for the Stevens Model 520.
Thanks
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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:57 pm 
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Looks like it cleaned up pretty good. These guns are a challenge to categorize. I always thought the Model 35s were 16s and 20s, but yours is obviously a 12. Neat take-downs on these guns!

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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:10 pm 
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To be honest, I'm confused with all the WesternField Model 30, Model 35, etc. Wish there was more info on Stevens Shotguns like there is on other firearms.
Yes, it did clean up decent. Overall, I think it is in decent shape, worn bluing but mechanically sound. I am going to have the buttplate replaced, as the one is shattered. The photos do not convey the oil sludge/varnish that coated the inside of the receiver. I might have been the first person since the Hoover Admin. to take it apart and clean it LOL. Labour of love!!! And fun to shoot as well.
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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:19 am 
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Information is very hard to come by as the J. Stevens Tool & Die Manufacturing Company had a very suspicious fire immediately after the First World War (after an allegation of fraud by the Inspector General for payments received on war-time military contracts). The fire supposedly destroyed all the production records to that point in time. Savage bought them out of bankruptcy after that (circa 1919?). You'd think Savage would keep better records, but it doesn't appear to be the case. Your gun appears to be post 1927 (because of the safety location) but pre-1940, which is apparently when the 520-30s began production (retooled and produced at the behest of the War Department for trench guns).

I see from closely reading Researcher's posted advertisement that the 620s came out (earlier than I had originally thought) in 1927, so Stevens was producing both Models (520s and 620s) alongside each other for some time. For all I can tell, they even made the single hump 520As (AKA 520-30s) alongside the other two variants during the Second World War. Very hard to make any sense of the production history for these guns.

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 Post subject: Re: stevens 520 humpback
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:28 am 
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There are 1929-1930 Montgomery Wards catalog photos that show the 620 in the catalog.

I have also seen another one (also MW) from around 1925 that shows the double hump version.

I believe Canfield wrote that the gun was presented to the military for acceptance in trench format-they liked it, but it was too late for WWI.

One of JMB's most underappreciated works, IMO. I have a MW version in 12 ga with the original 32" full choke tube and have also sourced and fitted another front end, which I chopped to 20".

The receiver tang on mine was stamped, then the last digit was overstamped with another number, then all that mess was struck through and a new completely different number applied.

Mine was a basket case that I got on GB for $46 before shipping and transfer. I've done a lot of work on it, and it's nearly complete.

A PITA to work on, but a very cool old gun that deserves some respect.



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