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Old 04-19-2018, 02:54 PM
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I recently picked up a bolt action .22 rifle that has Wards Western Field in script on the receiver, but no model markings that I can find. It is magazine fed and has a barrel about 23.5 inches long. I am guessing that this is a Stevens/Savage model 4, as sold by Wards under their brand. Any thoughts?





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Old 04-19-2018, 03:39 PM
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Thats what it looks like. Nice little rifle.
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:45 PM
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By the shape of the cocking knob,,,

By the shape of the bolt,,,
I believe that you are correct.

Many of the Westernfield rifles were made by Mossberg,,,
But I believe you are correct about yours being a Savage/Stevens.

Nice rifle though,,,
May I ask what you paid for it?

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Old 04-20-2018, 10:06 AM
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Your are right, early Model 4 Savage/Stevens with the cocking knob safety,
the curved magazine is another detail to look at. I see it's milled & drilled
for the No 105 peep sight, I have found that the Wards branded guns were
often made to take that sight even if not sold with it, the Savage branded
were only made to take the sight if sold with it on.

I can't tell for sure from your pictures but the channel for the bolt should be
milled out to the right side at the rear to allow the bolt to be turned down to
slide under the peep sight for removal, Savage branded rifles not originally
equipt with the sight were not.

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Old 04-20-2018, 10:32 AM
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Thanks for that very helpful information! I will look closely at the bolt channel when I am back at home this evening. I will also stay on the lookout for the 105 peep sight - I wondered what model it took.
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:03 PM
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Your are right, early Model 4 Savage/Stevens with the cocking knob safety,
the curved magazine is another detail to look at. I see it's milled & drilled
for the No 105 peep sight, I have found that the Wards branded guns were
often made to take that sight even if not sold with it, the Savage branded
were only made to take the sight if sold with it on.

I can't tell for sure from your pictures but the channel for the bolt should be
milled out to the right side at the rear to allow the bolt to be turned down to
slide under the peep sight for removal
, Savage branded rifles not originally
equipt with the sight were not.
I always wondered why some had the rear R side of the receiver cut down. Now I know!
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:51 PM
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I always wondered why some had the rear R side of the receiver cut down. Now I know!
You will find them with three different lengths - the shortest was for the No 105 peep sight,
when they went to the larger WFC 150 it required a little more relief forward and the longest
was used only on the Stevens 416 because of the larger receiver sight it had, on the 416 the
stamp for the safety also had to be moved forward because it was milled out so far.

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Old 04-20-2018, 07:07 PM
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I did notice the relief was deeper on my 416 than on other models I've seen but didn't put 2&2 together. Thanks for that info.
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very nice rifle, i am trying to restore my grandmothers western field 31

i have the same rifle minus the bolt, it was my grandmother's. The bolt has been missing since the 70s. Would anyone be able to help me find a bolt or whole rifle to purchase, will pay for shipping as well. I seem to keep missing them online.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:51 PM
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Sdstiffler you have no contact info in your profile, so it is a bit of a challenge to know how to reach out to you. Feel free to contact me.
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Ward's Westernfield Model 37

I know this is kind of a zombie thread, but, for the OP, I have the same gun, though mine has Model 37 on the barrel. It is identical to the arrow on top of the bolt.

I've searched a lot of previous posts and have come up with 1. it is cut for a #3 peep and 2. it is NOT the same as the single shot Mossberg model 30.

Any ideas on a cross reference model? I need a magazine for it.

TIA

I have no idea how to post a photo here....
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:05 AM
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I know this is kind of a zombie thread, but, for the OP, I have the same gun, though mine has Model 37 on the barrel. It is identical to the arrow on top of the bolt.
I've searched a lot of previous posts and have come up with 1. it is cut for a #3 peep and 2. it is NOT the same as the single shot Mossberg model 30.
Any ideas on a cross reference model? I need a magazine for it.
I wonder if a barrel was repurposed?
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I have no idea how to post a photo here....
Check in the stickies at the top of the forum.

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