Stevens Favorite 22 LR PICS Added
Anyone have one of these? My great uncle has one and asked that I look up some info for him.
I am hoping to find a manufacture date. The serial number is pretty low, under 100.
ETA: I should have some pics later this week
I don't believe these can be dated by their serial number. At best a general date range can be established based on design features that are present. A similar situation exists for BSA-made "Lee-Speed" sporters, which also lack any sort of date stamp but can be placed into a general date range.
Can't do it by serial number. Records were lost after Savage bought out Stevens. But you can roughly do it by model type (1889,1894,or 1915). Whether or not it has a loop on the takedown screw, extractor location, hammer spring type, rear sight type, which Stevens address is on top of barrel, or if it has the Savage logo on the left side of receiver. If it has the Savage logo, it would be a model 1915 made after 1920 and before1936. Wisners.com has parts and a lot of info. But, if your rifle is chambered in .25 or .32 good luck as ammo is about $100.00 a box. .25 ammo has not been made since the '70's.
This is mine, .22 cal model 1915 octagonal barrel made by Savage/Stevens between 1920 & 1939.
The one my uncle has has a round barrel, flip up tang sight, case hardened receiver, and the following stamped on the barrel: J. Stevens A. & T. Co. Chicopee Falls Mass.
I will be able to get the pictures from my girlfriend's camera this weekend.
He also has an couple old Remington rifles as well so I will have more pictures and questions.
Here are the pictures I have. Unfortunately the camera was dieing and these are all I was able to get.
The Stephens is the gun on the bottom.
I did not get a pic of the serial number but it is 99.
1894 Stevens Favorite, made between 1893 &1914. Model 26 or 27 I can't remember. The model # denotes round or octagon barrel. The tang sight may be an original to the gun. Stevens offered different options to the customer. Look close at the sight and you may see a small "S" denoting Stevens although the sight may be made by Marbles. The sight alone is worth some money. The case hardening is a chemical finish, not from bone hardening. The finish will fade out to a silver grey in time if not well cared for. As for ammunition, use only target type loads, 1,000fps or slower. The breach was not made to be used with high velocity ammo like CCI Stingers and such. Beautiful rifle, six months ago I would have offered you just about any of my rifles or my left nut in trade.
Thanks for all the info. This rifle was owned by my great great uncle and we have some pictures of him holding it as a boy which adds to the family cool factor
The great uncle who owns it now is a perfectionist with his belongings which explains the condition.