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Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle #15122235 08/09/20
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Picked up this .22LR Stevens Favorite, Model of 1915, from a friend at a gun show. The sights sucked, the dovetail cuts wouldn’t accommodate new sights, the bore was a bit rough and, before long, the lever wouldn’t stay closed. But, the wood was pretty nice.

Jack First Gun Parts supplied some new guts. Marbles Gun Sights was kind enough to supply an adjustable tang sight with correct hole spacing. I already had a Lyman 17A globe front and folding rear. Once the barrel was cut off and re-crowned behind the front dovetail and new dovetails cut, the new sights were installed. The wood was cleaned up and refinished with linseed oil. First stage results:

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It shot pretty fair. But, I was dissatisfied with the slight bulge appearing in the fired cases, the extremely sloppy barrel fit to the receiver and the softness of the old steel. A Green Mountain barrel blank was cut for a close tolerance fit into the receiver; left it long (24.75”) with an eleven degree crown and proper dovetail cuts. A new extractor was fitted, and the takedown screw was re-contoured till it would tighten in below the surface of the receiver. Second stage results:

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This project rifle now awaits a final adjustment to its crown before shipment to H&M Metal Processing in Akron OH for their Black Nitride treatment of all the steel parts (other than sights and springs), which will substantially harden and beautify them.

Stay tuned.




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Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle [Re: Exchipy] #15123448 08/09/20
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Very nice work, nice to see an old Favorite come back to life.

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Final test firing showed that the crown adjustment cured the fliers. That, or maybe I’m just learning to shoot this rifle more consistently.

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It’s now ready for the Black Nitride treatment.



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Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle [Re: Exchipy] #15137586 08/15/20
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That is pretty neat.

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Nice old 22, I have around 100 of these from when I first opened my shop, fun rifle to shoot

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I always liked that model.

Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle UPDATE [Re: Exchipy] #15214375 09/11/20
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UPDATE:
The steel parts have returned from H&M Metal Processing in Akron, Ohio, have been reassembled, with the result having fired fifty rounds, now. Here’s the (almost) completed Stevens Favorite 1915, shown with 25 yard and 50 yard targets shot with CCI Standard Velocity Round Nose .22LR:

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The Marbles barrel-mounted, folding-leaf rear sight will be replaced with the next taller version.

Other views showing details and the excellent Black Nitride finish from H&M Metal Processing:

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Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle UPDATE [Re: Exchipy] #15216210 09/12/20
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Very cool.

Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle UPDATE [Re: Exchipy] #15217749 09/12/20
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Project well done!

Get yourself some Euro production match ammo and find out what it will do.


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Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle UPDATE [Re: DigitalDan] #15218067 09/12/20
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Originally Posted by DigitalDan
Project well done!

Get yourself some Euro production match ammo and find out what it will do.


Thank you, sir.

I’ve got a few hundred SK Long Range Match available. But, with just fifty rounds fired so far, it’s likely the barrel needs much more seasoning before its full potential can be realized. It is that process which can be most entertaining.


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Now that is pretty darn cool. The Black Nitride finish Looks very good on the rifle. Must be a fun little rifle to plink with.

Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle UPDATE [Re: Exchipy] #15231920 09/17/20
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The mainspring which came installed in this Stevens Favorite is a real beast, which had resulted in some peening of the hammer face. I thought I could get away with a bit lighter spring. I tried various strength M1911 pistol mainsprings I had laying around, which at first seemed like they could do the job. But, even the strongest of them still produced misfires at the rate of three out of fifteen rounds. The resulting inconsistent ignition could explain the slight vertical stringing at fifty yards, pictured:

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So, I reinstalled the original mainspring, which should certainly eliminate misfires, and maybe tighten groups as well. But, now the concern becomes the potential for further peening of the hammer face, and maybe even the breechblock too. I’m hoping the Black Nitride hardening of those parts will prevent that. We’ll see.



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Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle UPDATE [Re: Exchipy] #15291271 10/07/20
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I read somewhere that Melvin Forbes went through multiple firing pin spring weights to get good ignition and eliminate vertical stringing when he was designing the ULA Model 20 rf action. I believe he also experimented with placing the firing pin at the top or bottom of the bolt face.

Re: Stevens 1915 Favorite 22LR Project Rifle UPDATE [Re: Exchipy] #15302572 10/11/20
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Nice! My favorite rifle is my little Favorite. I mostly shoot shorts and it’s capable of outshooting my eyeballs with the stock sights.

Love the black nitrite. What was turnaround and cost on it?


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Originally Posted by MadMooner
Nice! My favorite rifle is my little Favorite. I mostly shoot shorts and it’s capable of outshooting my eyeballs with the stock sights.

Love the black nitrite. What was turnaround and cost on it?


H&M Metal Processing of Akron OH was charging $226 per “bunch” of steel gun parts for Black Nitride treatment. I don’t know just how large a “bunch” of parts can be; I’ve sent a barrel, a receiver, and parts from a couple of different guns at one time. Turnaround was near two weeks.

Check them out online for details.



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Very cool and classy looking shooter!

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