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Thread: Stevens "Favorite" 1915 type model 17 project.

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    Uscra112,
    Thank you for more usefulk hints on fitting up a Favorite or model 44 action!
    I had not previously considered making the BB pivot hole Oval in order to allow the BB to be moved back into contact with the receiver shoulders.

    As to the 'hammer lug', was that ever done for the Favorite action?
    I thought it was only done on some later model 44 types.

    Best Regards,
    Chev. William

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    The hammer lug was only provided for model 44s when chambered for .32-40, .38-40, and .38-55. Never for any lesser cartridge, and never for the Favorite. The Favorites for the most part don't even need to be fitted up tight, but I know you are contemplating centerfire chamberings that can be a good deal more energetic than the small rimfires for which it was originated.
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    Uncra112,
    RE: contemplated Chamberings vs action:
    1894 Favorite Stevens;
    .221 Atkins/.22 Ladybug/.22Ladybug-Repeater.
    .25ACP/.25ALR/.25ALS and downloaded .25MACP/.25ALRM
    .32 COLT Short/.32 COLT Long.
    Model 44 Stevens;
    .25ACP/.25A:R/.25MACP/.25ALS/.25ALRM.
    .32 Colt Extra Short/.32COLT Short/.32 Colt Long/.32 Colt Extra Long.
    1890 Winchester;
    .22 Short/.22 Long/.22 Long Rifle/.22WRF/.22WRM and possible CF versions.
    .25ACP/.25ALR/.25ALS
    Model 56 Marlin;
    .25ACP/.25ALR/.25ALS if I feel the longer cartridge can be successfully fed.
    Ruger SAP No MK and MKII;
    .22LR
    .25ACP
    Ruger Single Eight;
    .25ACP/.25ALR./.25MACP.,25ALS/.25ALRM all long cases loaded to 1.400 max overall length.
    Ruger Single Six .32H&R MAG rebarreled;
    .32Colt Short/.32 Colt Long/.32 Extra Long/.32S&W (Short)/.32S&W Long/.32 Special/.32H&R MAG.

    I plan to hold the Favorite loads to about 900-1100fps.
    I plan to hold the Model 44 loads to about 400-1300fps.
    I plan to use Factory loads and similar in the Winchester.
    I plan to use Factory and some hand loads in the Marlin, as it has been sold in .30 Carbine and .256 Magnum calibers.
    I plan to use loads limited to an estimated 32,000psi in the Ruger Single Eight, but have fired several rounds of 63 grain Lead with 3.0 grains of BE-86 from it already.
    As to the Ruger Single Six .32H&R Mag Revolver, I still have not decided on its intended loads.

    Best Regards,
    Chev. William

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    I got my action back from my gunsmith's shop in a bag with the trigger, repaired hammer, breech block and link and lever all assembled to the outside oft the receiver but did not open it up to check the bag contents at the shop. Sad move on my part. The receiver is NOT bushed as requested, the two springs and their attach screws are missing, the take down screw is missing, and my second hammer is not present.

    By the time I discovered this the shop was closed for the day (Friday) and my gunsmith does not come into the shop on Saturday, so the first time I can again talk to him is next Tuesday.
    Oh well, patience is a virtue.

    Chev. William

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    Sadly my parts cannot be found by my gunsmith in their shop.

    Now I am looking for replacements on the internet.

    Also, a person sent me some sample Star line new 7.65 French Long cases, which seem to be rimless versions of S&W Long/ .32 Special cases so I think my first swage will be to convert them to .32 Colt diameters, then follow that with swaging down to .25 Stevens diameters.

    Chev. William

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    In the immortal words of Albert King: "If it wasn't for bad luck, you wouldn't have no luck at all".
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    I finally won a trigger spring auction on Ebay,
    and now have a complete set for my action
    except the trigger spring screw does not go into
    the hole in the tang, oh 'fouie'.
    I will need to check the threads on both the screw
    and the tang,then decide on a course of action.

    But this IS progress!

    Further thinking ahead, the receiver and barrel will need preparation for refinishing, nut what finish to use?
    Blue is tradition.
    Nickel plating is somewhat gaudy.
    Chrome is sleazy way out.
    TiN might be a possibility but might
    not work out.
    Pondering decisions.
    Chev. William

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    I am still thinking about possible Refinish types, with
    Tin and Blue seeming to be the most practical.
    I still need to take the parts back to my gunsmith to '
    correct' the thread problem with Trigger Spring
    retainer screw vs Frame threaded hole.
    my finances have been stretched the last few months
    due to several factors.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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