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Old 01-29-2021, 10:14 PM
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A guy was waiting by the kitchen window with this. I could tell it was a Stevens but had never seen a Model 240. Likely paid a bit too much but I've done that before. Nice blue, a lot of case colors left, spotless bores and minimal wear to the wood. Very little info on the net. Should make a great garden gun.
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Default Nice, 'chiefdave"

I have seen a few of them with wood and "Tenite" stocks, the two hammers were not something I thought was a great design but an over/under 410 gauge is a nice item any time!
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never seen one...what era? 60's maybe....charles daly is making a .410 o/o with choke tubes, turkish made I think?...my son just got one cheap...dont feel bad! but cheap
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I shoot a lot of Sporting Clays with 410 O/U, it takes awhile to get used to the long shot string (instead of being a ball shape group flying into your target on larger gauges) but my 410 average for 2019 was equal to my 2010 12 gauge average. And when it comes to reloading: There are 800 rounds of 410 to a bag of shot verses 350 to 400 for 12 gauge. And perhaps most importantly, after 2 rounds you are not exhausted by recoil fatigue. So when someone says, I pay you fee if you shoot with me, you are pretty fresh.

I have one group that quit inviting me to shoot with them because, when they beat a 410, it is no big deal! When the 410 beats all of them, they get a little red in the face!

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Congratulations on your new Stevens Model 240, .410 gauge.

I like it. I like the Color Case Hardening, the Slim barrels, and
the double Hammers are unique.

Please give a Range Report when you get a chance to shoot it.
Thank for Sharing and the Pictures. The Best to you and your Endeavors.

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I inherited one from my grandfather... family legend was that grandma was ticked off he brought it home from the cattle auction... some guy was 5 bucks short and was selling it to settle up at the sale barn... spent most of its life on top of a cabinet on the front mud porch/separator/wash room at the farm... unless I got permission to hunt with it..
great pointing shotgun and the 2 trigger 2 hammer hat dance is kinda fun...
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Thanks for the comments. I did some research and came up with 2 conflicting stories about when the 240 was manufactured.

One version puts it as 1942-45 with Tenite stocks only. Due to the war effort this doesn't seem to likely.

The other is 1939-42 with the early guns having walnut stocks and later production Tenite.

Does anyone have a better Idea of when the production run actually was?
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Thanks for the comments. I did some research and came up with 2 conflicting stories about when the 240 was manufactured.
that is all I have ever found as well... 2 stories and one doesn't make much sense... they are not common.. I have only seen a handful in 40 years of knowing what they are... auction results are all over the place too when they pop up... but fun to shoot... enjoy the inner 12 year old giggles
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I believe the Model 240 is based on the Stevens .22/.410 over/under. I have my granddaddy's .22/.410 and the family story is that he bought it at the beginning of WW II to rid his garden of bunny wabbits. It has the Tenite buttstock and fore end.
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Thanks for the comments. I did some research and came up with 2 conflicting stories about when the 240 was manufactured.

One version puts it as 1942-45 with Tenite stocks only. Due to the war effort this doesn't seem to likely.

The other is 1939-42 with the early guns having walnut stocks and later production Tenite.
I did find out that Stevens did date code the barrels with single upper case letter starting with A in 1939 and progressing down the alphabet each year, I and O were skipped. This example is stamped E making it 1943 so maybe the 1942-45 time frame is correct. It still sounds odd to me given very few commercial firearms were made during the WWII years.
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I had a Stevens Savage, Chicopee Falls, MA Model 530A, SxS 12 ga. that had been bought in 1953. It is date code "E" on the water table when the bbls are removed. This gun had a walnut stock and fore piece.

My research at the time was that the date coding did not start until after WWII, in 1949, thus making mine 1953 which jived with the original owners history of the gun.

Don't know about the Tennite stocks history as I've not run across one.

Is yours a straight Stevens or a Stevens Savage?
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I shoot a lot of Sporting Clays with 410 O/U, it takes awhile to get used to the long shot string (instead of being a ball shape group flying into your target on larger gauges) but my 410 average for 2019 was equal to my 2010 12 gauge average. And when it comes to reloading: There are 800 rounds of 410 to a bag of shot verses 350 to 400 for 12 gauge. And perhaps most importantly, after 2 rounds you are not exhausted by recoil fatigue. So when someone says, I pay you fee if you shoot with me, you are pretty fresh.

I have one group that quit inviting me to shoot with them because, when they beat a 410, it is no big deal! When the 410 beats all of them, they get a little red in the face!

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Kinda like the stink eye you get when you limit out on doves shooting your old 11-48 in .410
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Thanks for the comments. I did some research and came up with 2 conflicting stories about when the 240 was manufactured.

One version puts it as 1942-45 with Tenite stocks only. Due to the war effort this doesn't seem to likely.

The other is 1939-42 with the early guns having walnut stocks and later production Tenite.

Does anyone have a better Idea of when the production run actually was?
The second option sounds more likely. American black walnut was designated a high priority war material and was practically impossible to acquire commercially starting in early 1942.
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