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Old 01-04-2011, 02:18 PM
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I remember when the Stevens 30 rifles were reintroduced (around 10 years ago) they didn't look too great as far as fit and finish were concerned. I don't believe there was ever a problem with function. However, I was really turned off by it's looks when I examined one and passed on buying it at that time. Has anyone bought a new one recently ? If so, how do you like it ? Has the fit/finish improved in the last decade ?

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Old 01-04-2011, 05:23 PM
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Set up two of them a few years back...haven't a clue if they are still made or if I was buying new/old stock. Fit and finish not like a New one from the 1930's, but not priced near what one of the old ones in near new condition would bring either. Actually, the fit was slop, no wobble, everything locked up and ran the way it was suppose to; the finish was lacking in comparison to old guns, but what modern gun in that price range doesn't fail in that comparison?

One (mine) got fitted with a Taurus adjustable tang peep (again, don't know if that is still made or not). The other (my buddy's)had a set of blocks silver soldered onto the barrel and an old 6X Unertel (gallery) mounted.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:10 PM
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I bought one in 22 Mag about 3 years ago before I put a round thru it I stripped the stock and gave it a new deep and dark alkanet finish. The gun was too ugly to shoot before the refinish job. My prime complaint is feeding the rounds not correct / ideal clearance. I don,t shoot it much, thinking of selling it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:40 AM
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I picked up one of the "modern" Favorites about 25 years years ago. Still have it. It's a nice plinker. Accurate enough with the irons. Pretty little gun.
I just put a new firing pin in one of the original Favorites owned by a friend of mine. After more than 100 years, still a nice shooter.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:56 AM
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I have one of the limited commemorative models from 1970 I believe. I bought it unfired, and it still is unfired, setting in my safe. I don't have the box, but I bought it because I liked the looks of it, and the price was right, especially compared to my Winchester 1885 Limited! I haven't decided if I should fire it or just sell it.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:20 AM
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I also have one of the 1970 limited edition models made by Savage, bought it new in 1970, in the box. Never fired it, just too pretty. I also have two other old models, have redone them to shoot, and they both do great. If you can find an old one, buy it, and you can buy new bbls and stocks for it. One of mine has a scope, the other original type sights. I love them. The scoped model is my squirrel gun for the back yard. Wallacem in Ga
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