.25 Stevens
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designed 1898?[1]
Produced 1900-1942
Bullet diameter .251 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter .276 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .276 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter .333 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length 1.125 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length 1.395 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer type rimfire
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
65 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) (smokeless)1,180 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)208 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
Source(s): Barnes & Amber 1972

The .25 Stevens was an American rimfire rifle cartridge.[2]

Developed by J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company and Peters Cartridge Company,[3] it was developed between 1898 and 1900; catalogs suggest it was introduced in 1898, but most sources agree on 1900.[4] It was offered in the Crack Shot #15 rifle, which debuted in 1900.[5] It may also have been available in the Favorite rifle, which was first released in 1894.[6] It originally used used a 10 to 11 gr (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". to Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". g) black powder charge under a 67 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) slug; this was later replaced by smokeless.

With "an excellent reputation"[7] as a small game (such as rabbit) and varmint round, it suffered excessively high trajectory (a drop of 5.1 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) at 100 yd (Bad rounding hereScript error m))[8] compared to the .22 Long Rifle.[9] It was available with either solid lead or hollow point bullet.[10]

Serving as the parent for the less-successful .25 Stevens Short and experimental Remington .267 Rimfire, it was dropped in 1942.[11]


  1. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  2. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  3. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  4. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  5. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  6. The Favorite was dropped in 1935. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  7. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  8. Barnes, p.282.
  9. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  10. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  11. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".


  • Barnes, Frank C., ed. by John T. Amber. ".25 Stevens", in Cartridges of the World, pp. 276 & 282-3. Northfield, IL: DBI Books, 1972. ISBN 0-695-80326-3.

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