.25 Stevens Place of origin United States Production history Designed 1898?  Produced 1900-1942 Specifications Bullet diameter .251 in (6.4 mm) Neck diameter .276 in (7.0 mm) Base diameter .276 in (7.0 mm) Rim diameter .333 in (8.5 mm) Case length 1.125 in (28.6 mm) Overall length 1.395 in (35.4 mm) Primer type rimfire Ballistic performance
65 gr (4 g) (
smokeless) 1,180 ft/s (360 m/s)
208 ft⋅lbf (282 J)
Source(s): Barnes & Amber 1972
.25 Stevens was an American rimfire rifle cartridge.
To differentiate from the related  .25 Stevens Short it is sometimes also referred to as .25 Stevens long.
J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company and Peters Cartridge Company, it was developed between 1898 and 1900; catalogs suggest it was introduced in 1898, but most sources agree on 1900.  It was offered in the  Crack Shot #15 rifle, which debuted in 1900. It may also have been available in the  Favorite rifle, which was first released in 1894 and discontinued in 1935. It originally used a 10 to 11  gr (0.65 to 0.71 g) black powder charge under a 67 gr (4.3 g) slug; this was later replaced by smokeless.
revolvers were also chambered for .25 Stevens, most notably the Stevens Lord.
The round was available with either solid lead or
hollow point bullet and developed a good reputation for small  game (such as rabbit) and varmint. 
In comparison to the
.22 Long Rifle some sources note that its ballistics suffered from an excessively high trajectory for a rifle cartridge (a drop of 5.1 in (130 mm) at 100 yd (91 m)), while others praise its inherent accuracy, and larger versatility due to being much more powerful, especially when being used in revolvers. 
Serving as the parent for the less-successful
.25 Stevens Short and experimental Remington .267 Rimfire, it was dropped in 1942.
Notable handgun authority
Elmer Keith lamented its demise and advocated its revival for use in revolvers.
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