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#564035 01/31/20 12:22 AM
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saw a Stevens double model 365 sell on gunbrokers a couple days ago with no butt stock otherwise complete. the pictures showed the barrels breech end and parts normally hidden by the butt stock. the breech locking system was like a fox and Ithaca NID. did a 'net search stevens model 365 and found a little info. there are 2 other stevens doubles 375 and 385 of similar build. saw a picture of an engraved 385 that was given to the national leader of the masonic/masons as a gift. from the little information I found this was stevens arms only venture in the higher grade American made double gun market. apparently it was unprofitable and brief. this is the only stevens 365 I had ever seen or heard of ect. anyone out there ever owned a stevens 365, 375, or 385 double stevens and would share their experience and an assement of these shotguns?

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Models 385 and 375




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Nice shotgun Daryl! Understated and elegant.


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Bill, I have seen only about 6 of the top gun, Model 385, and even fewer of the bottom gun, Model 375.

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The J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. series of rotary bolted hammerless doubles began circa 1906 with the mono-bloc barrel No. 350 --



and up to the No. 360 and 370 --



Then circa 1909 J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. switched to chopper lump barrels which they called demi-bloc and the guns became the No. 355 --



No. 365 --



No. 375 --



and No. 385 --


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Researcher, good history. How long did they produce the 385 and similar guns in the Demi-bloc series ?

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The No. 355 to 385 are still offered in the second J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. Catalog No. 53, which Stevens authorities say is September 1913. They are not in the last J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. catalog, Catalog No. 54. The "Demi-bloc" was not just these higher grade doubles, but all J. Stevens doubles. Through the last J. Stevens Arms Co. catalog in 1946, they continued to advertise their doubles, both J. Stevens and Springfield as having "Barrel and lug forged in one piece."


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thank you and researcher for the information posted. the 365 I saw had the Krupp steel barrels. i was in the process of buying a couple doubles to finish project guns when the 365 came across my screen. found just enough information that this model stevens was a high quality double -- equal to the best grade American made doubles of that time. it sold for about $200.00 but did not have a butt stock. this slowed me down as by then I realized fitting this gun with a butt stock would be a major project ect. these guns were only listed in stevens catalogues for a few years -- less than 10. there can't be many left today. I never realized stevens ventured in the high grade doubles market until I saw the 365. these stevens are now on my radar scope.

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There was also a No. 345 which was only made in 20 gauge. It looked similar to the 355-385 but had a different mechanism.

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The No. 345, "The Sportsman's Ideal" first appears in J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. Catalog No. 54 --





A bit interesting that the No. 345 was only made for 2 1/2 inch shells when they were also making their No. 200 pump gun for any 20-gauge shell up to 3-inch!?!



The No. 345 survived into the J. Stevens Arms Co. years, last appearing in their 1923 catalog, but not on their Jan. 2, 1924, price list.

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