Military Wiki
.25 Stevens Short
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designed 1902
Produced 1902-1942
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 .599 in (15.2 mm)
Overall length .877 in (22.3 mm)
Primer type rimfire
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
65 gr (4 g) (smokeless) 950 ft/s (290 m/s) 130 ft·lbf (180 J)
Source(s): Barnes & Amber 1972

The .25 Stevens Short was an American rimfire rifle cartridge, introduced in 1902.[1]

Developed by J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company,[2] it was intended to be a lower cost, less potent variant of the .25 Stevens, on which it was based.[3] It initially used a 4.5 to 5 gr (0.29 to 0.32 g) black powder charge; this was later replaced by smokeless. It was offered in Stevens, Remington, and Winchester rifles, and could be used in any .25 Stevens rifle, also[4] (in the way the .38 Special can be fired in weapons chambered for .357 Magnum).

It was more powerful than the .22 Short, as well as less expensive, but more costly than the .22 Long Rifle and offering no edge in performance.[5] It was also inferior to its parent cartridge.[6] As a result, it was not a popular hunting round.[7]

It was dropped in 1942.[8]


  1. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens Short".
  2. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens".
  3. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens Short".
  4. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens Short".
  5. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens Short".
  6. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens Short".
  7. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens Short".
  8. Barnes, p.276, ".25 Stevens Short".


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

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).