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Tom Griffin

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Thank you for the compliment David, I'm glad you are enjoying the build. I'll be focusing my full attention on drilling the barrel next and plan to continue the documentation, and maybe even shoot a video or two of some of the upcoming processes. There is still much to do.

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Truly impressed and I envy you for being able to build his beautiful weapon...May I ask where your dimensions for his came from? Purchased, copied or yourself?
 

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Truly impressed and I envy you for being able to build his beautiful weapon...May I ask where your dimensions for his came from? Purchased, copied or yourself?
Thanks.

The story is in the first post of the thread, but basically I borrowed a real Steven's Favorite and created a CAD model of it along with detail drawings. It's pretty true to the real thing with a few internal upgrades. There is also a link to the CAD model and one to a viewer that will allow you to open it.

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I don't how I missed the backstory on this....but sure enough it was right where you said it would be...lmao

I will look at the cad link also.

I have been rebuilding firearms for a while and wanted to try my hand at building one from start to finish...

Iam quite sure that I am not up to your level of mastery. Thanks you for sharing...it is truly a piece of fine machining...artwork if I may...
 

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To say that you are a true craftsman is a gross understatement!! Really enjoyed the article, cant wait to see the final product.
 

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Scott,

I've had a LOT of requests for drawings. What I'll likely do when the project is complete is write it all up with the pics along with a video or two, and offer that on disk with the drawings. Right now though the drawings are still in the prototype stage and have a way to go before they are suitable for someone else to build from.

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That would be great Tom. I would surely be interested and by the following you have on this thread I would say you probably have hit it out of the park!!
 

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Hi I'm a new comer to the site but I have to say your thread is quite impressive. Did you ever make the drawings available? I'd certainly like a set.
 

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Thanks.

The thread is up to date and I won't be able to get back on it until fall since I'm currently working on a project that actually pays the bills. My plan is to make drawings available when the rifle is complete and functional.

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What a great posting an display of craftsmanship.
I had a little Stevens sure shot that looked just like that I paid $3.00 for. I was only around 10 are 12 of then, had to make the firing pins out of an old Nail with the file. But that was 60 years ago.
PS you might want to engrave it before you have it case harden .
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Thanks, it's been a fun project.

I know there were a lot of variations of the Favorite, but I'm not familiar with the Sure Shot. Chances are it was a slightly later variant, maybe from the 20's.

I haven't decided what to do about the engraving yet but yes, it would be much easier to do before case hardening.

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Thanks, it's been a fun project.

I know there were a lot of variations of the Favorite, but I'm not familiar with the Sure Shot. Chances are it was a slightly later variant, maybe from the 20's.

I haven't decided what to do about the engraving yet but yes, it would be much easier to do before case hardening.

Tom
After spending many hours restoring these little rifles, this is an incredible build. There were several variations of the Favorite with the Side Plate version being the most rare. Reading and following these post has really made me decide to try and purchase a Side Plate version from a friend of mine. His is missing the link, the pins and mainly the lever. The lever on this version is a lot different from the version you made here. After looking at the De Haas book, I can see how it is made. With the gun, I can actually get the measurements. Next will be the making of the lever. Even with the replacement lever, this will turn a $500.00 gun into a $1500.00-$2000.00 gun. If it was all original...with it being the Small Action version...Maybe $3000-$4000. Your post has given me the procedure to make the lever. THANKS.
 

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Any progress recently? If you have any drawings available I would gladly try them out to provide novice level feedback. I think I would have to practice by making a simple design like the dehass first.
 

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The member that started this thread is no longer with us. Sorry for any inconvenience.

"Billy G"
 

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"no longer with us " as in "gone to the big machine shop in the sky", or just not on the forum, but still making chips?

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Just not on this forum, still making chips

Cheers Phil
 

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Scott,

I've had a LOT of requests for drawings. What I'll likely do when the project is complete is write it all up with the pics along with a video or two, and offer that on disk with the drawings. Right now though the drawings are still in the prototype stage and have a way to go before they are suitable for someone else to build from.

Tom
Tom,
There is actually quite a bit of info available in your pictures. I was able to use your pictures to create a 3D model in Autocad. A couple minor details required a bit of thinking but all the details were there. Don't know if you intended to do that..

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Thank you for the compliment David, I'm glad you are enjoying the build. I'll be focusing my full attention on drilling the barrel next and plan to continue the documentation, and maybe even shoot a video or two of some of the upcoming processes. There is still much to do.

Tom
Hi Tom
thankyou for some inspiration: I have a Lyman No 2 tang sight on my Model 94 Winchester which works perfectly well, I have just purchased an old Model 53 (1927 year of manufacture) and was about to purchase a tang sight, I will now build one similat to yours. Fantastic project - wel done and thanks, Ian
 

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OUTSTANDING. I have my fathers that he passed to me, I then rebarreled it as the rifling was worn very bad, now it has been passed to my oldest child.
 

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I built a couple Stevens Favorites a number of years ago. As Tom pointed out in his first post the Favorite is a good pointing little rifle. I mounted a 50 year old 2.8 power Weaver scope on mine and for fun I am taking it to a silhouette match next weekend.. I polished the trigger down to 2 pounds.. I will beat a few of the guys who shoot the high dollar scoped rifles.. For that match I usually shoot my scratch built Marlin 1892 with rear peep and globe front sights.. Wanted to try that match using a scoped rifle and decided the little Favorite would get it's chance......Uhmmmm , yesterday I finished a rifle upper for my Ruger Mark III pistol and it wears a red dot sight - second match I will use it although I built it specifically for a different match.....Building guns has been my hobby for lot of years, more fun now that I shoot competitions and get to irritate the guys who buy all the best equipment......Home gunsmithing is a great hobby.
Tom really put the effort into his build and did a sweet job.. Think it took me two weeks to build each of mine and then s'more time to improve it a bit for this upcoming match.
 

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Great job , lots of us old guys had these as kids. Think I'm gonna build one or two for my gran kids. I took my sister's boys and my girls out from the time they were three years old. Teaching them SAFTEY above all other things when around firearms. They all are hunters and have there kids to teach. Whenever they call or I see them they always thank me for giving them the love of the sport and competition shoots too. I thank you for this build , hope I can get the plans , lots of computer stuff I don't know how to do . I'd nominate this for a build of the month.
 

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I have permission from everyone involved with this build and the site "metalworkingfun" to post a direct link to the build of the Stevens Favorite for all of you that wish to continue to follow it. As you will see it is still a build in progress. Please play nice while you visit there. Thank you.

"Billy G"

http://www.metalworkingfun.com/showthread.php?tid=506
 
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Building The Steven's Favorite I did some work on a rifle for my uncle a while back, a Stevens Favorite 1915 single shot .22 caliber, making a new firing pin for it and fitting a new extractor. After shooting it a few times to make sure the new parts were behaving, I took a liking to the little rifle. It is a great looking, good pointing little rifle and is a joy to shoot. I decided it would make a fun project to build one from scratch so I proceeded to completely disassemble the rifle and sketch up all of the parts, including the stock. After that I decided to make a 3D CAD model of it to check my work and make sure all of the parts fit and functioned properly. I'm just about finished with the model with just a few parts left to model and some timing issues to work out in the action.

I am not making an exact copy of the original gun, so some of the parts won't interchange with an original. Some of the parts will be redesigned for ease of machining, especially in the case of the receiver which was originally cast. Most of the parts on the original gun were quite crude and appear to be hand fitted so making them interchangeable would be quite a challenge.

My plans are to make the receiver out of case hardened low carbon steel for ease of machining, the breech block and other internal parts out of O1, and the barrel out of 4140 if I decide to make it. It's kind of hard to justify the work with all of the inexpensive barrel blanks that are available.

According to the following statement from the ATF website (kindly pointed out to me by another member) it is legal for me to build a non NFA firearm, which this most definitely is with its 30" barrel and single shot capability, as long as it is not built with the intent to sell and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms, which I am not. There are also zero imported parts used in this rifle as I intend to build them all myself.

Q: Does the GCA prohibit anyone from making a handgun, shotgun or rifle? With certain exceptions a firearm may be made by a non-licensee provided it is not for sale and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semi-automatic rifle or non-sporting shotgun from imported parts. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and approval by ATF. An application to make a machine gun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing that the firearm is being made for a Federal or State agency.
[18 U.S.C. 922(o) and ®, 26 U.S.C. 5822, 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]

I have since received a response form the BATF regarding the legality of building my own firearm and they referenced the very same statement, so it's official: I'm good to go.



There is a JPEG of the model below and a link to an eDrawing file here. An eDrawing viewer is required to view the file in 3D and can be downloaded here.
I know that this is an old thread. But I would like to know if and how I could get a copy of the plans for this rifle.
 

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JD Most drawings of any firearm have mistakes in it..For an example I built a Winchester 1885 Lowwall by copying one that I had on hand and had no difficulties..Then I wanted to build a Highwall for black powder cartridge rifle matches so I acquired a set of plans.The plans I have are same as sold everywhere on the internet. Terrible plans which caused me to stop , repair the error and design a correction..Worst was the double set trigger which required a complete redesign................I suggest you buy the rifle of your choice and copy it bolt for bolt..Presently I am building copies of a Marlin 1888 which was Marlins last top ejecting lever action repeater and a Marlin 1889 which was Marlins first side ejecting lever action repeating rifle..I have already built and compete with a Marlin 1892 which is Marlins second try at building a lever action repeating .22 rifle...All three Marlins being replications of originals that I own..

If you are good with CAD you can get a copy of the Frank Dehaas book "Single shot Rifles and Actions"..There are dozens of gun sketches in there which can be scanned into CAD and then built....I am going to help a friend build a large frame Stevens Sideplate rifle using that book as a guide..The Sideplate is direct ancestor of the Favorite but easier build in some respects...I build for competition against folks sporting some of the finest rifles in the world and it is sweet to use a shop built gun to beat the big boys.
 

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JD, my last post just before yours gives you a link toe the project. The person building this rifle is not a member here any longer. Use the link and contact him about the prints. Last I knew the project is still ongoing and prints were not available yet.

"Billy G"
 

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I wasn't the intended target Bill, but I followed your link and ended up bookmarking the site. Definitely a more active gunsmithing section from appearances. Thanks! :)
 
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