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.25-25 Stevens
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.25-25 Stevens (rt) with .22 long rifle for comparison
Type centerfire rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designed 1895[1]
Specifications
Bullet diameter .257 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter .282 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .323 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter .376 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length 2.37 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length 2.63 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer type boxer, small rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
86 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) (smokeless, factory load)1,500 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)434 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
86 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) (5.5 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) smokeless)1,525 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)448 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
Source(s): Barnes & Amber 1972

The .25-25 Stevens was an American centerfire rifle cartridge.[1]

Designed by Capt. W. L. Carpenter, 9th U.S. Infantry,[2] in 1895,[1] the .25-25 Stevens was the company's first straight-cased cartridge.[1] It would be used in Stevens' single shot Model 44, as well as the Model 44½ rifles, which first went on sale in 1903.[1] In addition, it was available in the Remington-Hepburn target rifle.

While the .25-25 was popular, the .25-21 offered "practically the same performance and was a little cleaner shooting."[1] It also suffered a "freakish"[1] appearance, due to its length to diameter ratio.[1] It was also found the usual 20 or 21 gr (Expression error: Unexpected < operator. or Expression error: Unexpected < operator. g) black powder charge of the shorter, bottlenecked.[3] 25-21 offered "practically the same ballistics" as 24 or 25 gr (Expression error: Unexpected < operator. or Expression error: Unexpected < operator. g) in the .25-25.

The switch to smokeless powder only exacerbated the problem, due to the small charge.[1] To cure this, handloaders use a mix of 3 to 5 gr (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". to Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". g) of bulk shotgun powder and 18 to 20 gr (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". to Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". g) of black powder, with bullets of between 60 to 86 gr (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". to Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". g).

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Barnes, p.75, ".25-25 Stevens".
  2. Barnes, p.74, ".25-21 Stevens".
  3. Barnes, p.75, ".25-25 Stevens", & p.74, ".25-21 Stevens".

SourcesEdit

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