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Old March 8, 2019, 08:45 PM   #1
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Stevens Single in .32 Long

As part of a trade, I came up with a Steven's Favorite in .32 Long with a half octagon barrel.

Bore appears to be dirty but not badly pitted.

Rifle is complete and is operable. Stock was repaired a long time ago. It is fairly solid but the repair is quite obvious. Butt plate is broken. I have seen these at gun shows in better condition but passed them by because of the unavailability of ammunition.

I traded about 300.00 worth of tools for this, a percussion double barrel shotgun and two junk revolvers. (Anyone who has been around here for more than three years will remember how much I love junk.)

I would be happy for your observations, advice, wisdom, on this piece.
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Old March 8, 2019, 08:50 PM   #2
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BTW,

Is the operation of the loading lever supposed to cock the hammer? If not, I wonder how many times these things went off as soon as the loading lever was raised.....
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Old March 8, 2019, 11:17 PM   #3
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Hey, Doc! Do you have any pictures? My Steven's Crackshot is all I have for reference. I know on that one you have to cock it manually.

https://thefiringline.com/forums/att...9&d=1439772002
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Old March 9, 2019, 04:36 AM   #4
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Thanks TK,

Helpful info.

I will try to get some photos up.

Very busy with sale of restaurant and preps for moving.

I am trying to remember how to post photos. I remember uploading them to another site.
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Old March 9, 2019, 09:59 AM   #5
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Is the operation of the loading lever supposed to cock the hammer?
Frank DeHaas said the Favorite comes to half cock when cycling the lever.
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Doc,
You can post your pictures on this site now. Just click on Go Advanced and Manage attachments.
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Tnx, TK
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Oooops. Posted the photos of the rifle on the wrong thread

If you are interested you can check them on the Regent Revolver thread.
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Old March 12, 2019, 05:21 PM   #9
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Wow, that's an ugly repair, but not the worst I've seen. Some people think those are "character marks" and add something to old guns, I think they should be done right. Whatever.

When you open the action it puts the hammer in the safety notch.

If you are going to rechamber it, 32 S&W or 32 Long are good options instead, it just involves repositioning the firing pin from rimfire to centerfire.
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Old March 12, 2019, 05:35 PM   #10
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Scorch.....

I would not be opposed to doing that. I would shoot this rifle and under those circumstances I would spend a little money putting decent looking wood on it.

I have not taken it apart but my assumption is that repairing the existing stock such that it has enough strength and looks better is a remote option. I could be wrong and frequently am.
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Yeah, once you drill it and put in a bolt, the stock is pretty hard to save. I have done it and made it look acceptable, but most people just opt for a replacement. Under $100 will get you a pre-carved stock blank, usable stocks for those are hard to find because many of the stocks split. A replica buttplate runs about $50-ish at Vintage Gun Grips.
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While rechambering for .32 centerfire will work out better in the long run, there are reloading kits for .32 rimfire available. They involve using special brass that have a hole on the edge of the case for .22 blanks to be pressed in. This means you have to carefully position the case so that the hammer will hit that spot where the blank primer is, but it does work.

They're not cheap, but they're interesting and allow you to keep the rifles in their original chambering.

http://www.hlebooks.com/32rfkit/prices.htm

Here's a video on the loading process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIxXqZ7XNIk
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Old March 17, 2019, 10:16 PM   #13
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Thanks for the link.

I think rechambering would be my second choice.

First choice would be to make it presentable and shootable (given the RF rounds).

Definitely an interesting link.
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