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George, Can you list all the markings, exactly as they appear and where they appear. Remove the stock,also and check under there as well. Give a complete physical discription. Perhaps then someone can make an ID. The name "Bearcat" is currently a name used by Ruger on a single action .22 revolver. You may be able to acertain this rifles origins from a search by www.bluebookinc.com. The fact that it is chambered for the .22 short,long and long rifle narrows it down a bit,but not much. The short was introduced in 1857, the long in 1871 and the long rifle in 1887, Bolt action rifles came along a little later than that. Chances are that this is a "hardware" gun made up for Century Arms(a name currently used by a company in Vermont/Florida) with their name stamped on it. Many companies, including current ones have done this for years. Some names may only have a few examples ever marketed and the history is long gone.
I can't tell you much about your "Bearcat", but I can tell you about a second one that's for sale. Go to, http://www.colectorsnet.com/hoffmeyers/ This site has one listed,sans bolt, for $10. Maybe he can tell you something about them. Then again for $10...maybe not!
George, double check the name. Is it Century or perhaps, could it really be Central Arms Co. St Louis?
I found a listing for "Century Arms Co" in one of my references. Its a trade name used by the Shapleigh Hardware Co. of St. Louis Missouri on some of the firearms they distributed. As your rifle would be classed as a "Hardware Gun" and Shapleigh went out of business during the depression, no telling who actually made it?
Rufe, You're right, Shapleigh used both Central and Century. George, if you pull the wood as E-Z advised, if you find a Elg in an Oval it was made in Belgium. No proof markings then it was made in the U.S. There was no Centruy Firearms Co. At that time , if you paid for the tooling, you could have any name you wanted impressed into the barrel.
George, I had one of these back in 1950 I think.I had bought it from Our chief of police for $4.00 it was very accurate! Someone talked me out of it for $7.00. Oh well you got to make a buck where you can!