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Stevens Favorite

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:25 am
by Mountain Lion
Picked this plinker up at a pawn shop a few weeks ago. Had no idea what it was, other than it looked interesting.
Turns out it is a J. Stephen's Favorite, Model 1889, falling block, .22 caliber. Made sometime between 1889 and 1894. Solid little rifle in pretty good shape to be 125 years old.

Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:10 am
by spentprimer
What a beauty you found! I found it's modern counterpart some years ago, a Savage model 30G, .22 rimfire that is very accurate. It has the same style half round barrel. I like yours more than mine. You don't find many in the condition yours is in.

Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:31 am
by DaleH
Wow, immaculate shape! You see very few with the ‘zebra’ pattern color case hardening (that Stevens was
Noted for) still intact. Nice find!

Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm
by steamer
That is a very cool rifle!! I just Google searched ".22 Long Rifle" and learned that the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company introduced the .22 LR cartridge in 1887 - I did not know that. That's an awesome piece of history you have. :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupright: :handgestures-thumbup:

Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:45 pm
by Mountain Lion
Glad you all like it. I’ve done nothing to it except to clean the bore and put a couple coats of Renaissance wax on it. Can’t wait to shoot it. I’ve got a feeling it’s accurate. By the way set me back $250.

Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:30 am
by steamer
I think you got one heck of a deal.
Looks exactly like your rifle in their logo.
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Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:52 am
by spentprimer
That really is in remarkable condition, not only for it's age but what so many of those rifles were used for. Many spent their life around the corner of a barn door guarding the chickens and ducks. If you ever get tired of shooting a single shot, let me know.

Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:28 am
by Mountain Lion
Good point. My mother-in-law had a Pattern 1853 Enfield and a US Model 1841 Mississippi rifle that came down through her family. She remembered when she was little those guns were kept in the barn. Thanks for the complements. I think I'll keep her for a while.

Re: Stevens Favorite

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:57 am
by reivertom
That is a rare one in that shape. They were usually used hard. I'm jealous....