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STEVENS  FAVORITE Model 1915 .32 Long (Read 3697 times)
Dai.S.Loe
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STEVENS  FAVORITE Model 1915 .32 Long
Jul 13th, 2006 at 9:17am
 
One of these rifles has come up for auction here in NZ and before bidding I thought I would ask for opinions on this rifle.

It is chambered for .32 long as the auction states (what is .32 long)

I thought these were in rimfire, can they be converted to use centre fire cartridges, if this is so. Could it be chambered for some other .32 calibre ie 32-20, 32-40??

Lately my interest in single shot rifles has really taken a jump but like all novices I dont know enough yet to make informed decisions. Hence my turning to yourselves for advice.

Dai.

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Re: STEVENS  FAVORITE Model 1915 .32 Long
Reply #1 - Jul 13th, 2006 at 9:21am
 
Another photo of the rifle in question.
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Reply #2 - Jul 13th, 2006 at 9:23am
 
Third and final photo.

The reserve on this is $200NZ or about US$130. Is this a fair price?


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Reply #3 - Jul 13th, 2006 at 1:18pm
 
i think the price is OK, but as far as shooting it goes, it's a wallhanger-it's 32 RIMFIRE, AMMO IS NOT MADE, at least at a price you can afford, Navy Arms imported some ten years ago at about $1.00US a round and it didn't even go off every time.The action is made of Cast Iron, and cannot be converted to Centerfire, unless you want to blow it up. Even the bigger Stevens 44(same design) cannot be trusted with 22 hornet or silimar, as it soon got excess headspace from too much pressure.
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Reply #4 - Jul 13th, 2006 at 2:33pm
 
I had one a while back in 32 rimfire. I converted it to 32 S&W short. Worked fine for me. I shot several hundred rounds before I was talked out of it. The present owner is still shooting it with no problems
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Re: STEVENS  FAVORITE Model 1915 .32 Long
Reply #5 - Jul 13th, 2006 at 3:58pm
 
Dai, .32 Long is about the size of a .32 Colt or the old UK .32 pistol round equivalent.  I don't know whether I would want to shoot that in a Favorite action did go to the trouble to convert the block to CF.  I HAVE done just that with a couple of low-walls with good results, but we're tallking orders of magnitude of difference in strength here! 

HTH, Froggie
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Re: STEVENS  FAVORITE Model 1915 .32 Long
Reply #6 - Jul 13th, 2006 at 4:39pm
 
The gun is chambered for the 32 Long RF. If converted to centerfire, it will chamber and fire 32 long colt perfectly well, they were interchangable in dimension. Unfortunately, the long colt is out of production but the short is not. It is safe to rechamber and shoot the Smith and Wesson in it's stead. An even better solution is to chamber a 30cal take off barrel from some highpower such as 308 or 30-06. That will allow you to keep the original barrel. The nicest one I've seen had a springfield 4 groove barrel. It shot well indeed. Remember, it would be a 30 to 40 yd gun. This question comes up periodically and the answer is YES it's safe. I done the conversion several times and have always been coerced out of the rifles. The latest is still here. Between myself and others I know of at least ten of these conversions and with factory ammo there has never been a problem. If the bore's good I'd say the price is fair . By the way, this conversion with a little Redfield 3/4 in scope makes a neat little rig.
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