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Old 04-20-2017, 01:45 AM
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Cleaning a Stevens Favorite (Model 30)



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I've got one of the newer Savage Lakefield-made Stevens Favorites (non-takedown) and was wondering how the rifle was meant to be cleaned using a rod from the breech end as described in the manual.

As far as I can tell, the hammer always ends up interfering with the cleaning rod when the action is open. Do these guns require disassembly to clean in this way or were they expected (at least the originals over a century ago) to be cleaned either with pull-throughs or using the rod from the muzzle end?

How do the various non-takedown Martini actions handle this? (I've been spoiled by the ease of cleaning bolt actions)
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Easiest I've found is a Patchworm from 20/20 Concepts....

http://www.patchworm.com/patchworm.html

Depending on caliber of the rifle. The felts sold separately do a good job as well.
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I also have a Model 30. I have to hold the hammer down when running the cleaning rod thru the barrel as is scrapes the hammer. I now use a zip tie and tie the hammer down with it while I am cleaning, works good. griff
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Just recently purchased several assorted OTIS "Ripcord" pull throughs, another good alternative, I've found I can reasonably easily thread one into the breech of a 10/22, not the easiest task in the world.
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My 12/15ish Martin (model 12 w/12/15 wood and lever) has a hole in the rear of
the receiver and through the rear sight for the cleaning rod to pass through.
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I also have a Model 30. I have to hold the hammer down when running the cleaning rod thru the barrel as is scrapes the hammer. I now use a zip tie and tie the hammer down with it while I am cleaning, works good. griff
I may have to give that a try. I've been sticking to a pull through for now for the Model 30, but I've noticed with my Mark IIs that there's still enough residue left over to require a few patches from time to time.


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My 12/15ish Martin (model 12 w/12/15 wood and lever) has a hole in the rear of
the receiver and through the rear sight for the cleaning rod to pass through.
That's quite clever of them.
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Dear Chanman:
While I have no doubt that Joshua Stevens meant for his Favorite (Pat. 10/29/1889) to be cleaned from the breach after firing the .22 Long Rifle which he and W.M. Thomas of Union Metallic Cartridge Co. had designed in 1887, because of black powder fouling, the model 30 is modern and too touchy to clean from the breech with a rod. Even the act of trying to restrain the hammer with a strip is apt to make it rat-trap. I do use a patch-loop or other pull through device and only rod and brush my .17 HMR and .22 WMR model 30s when necessary. I do recall an older friend who cleaned his .25-10-67 favorite from the breach in 1949. Even then he was having problems locating ammo for it. A combination of a pull through and a rod when the latter is necessary seem the best approach at present.
Good luck with the cleaning chore.
Respectfully Yours,
William Harper
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Dear Chanman:
While I have no doubt that Joshua Stevens meant for his Favorite (Pat. 10/29/1889) to be cleaned from the breach after firing the .22 Long Rifle which he and W.M. Thomas of Union Metallic Cartridge Co. had designed in 1887, because of black powder fouling, the model 30 is modern and too touchy to clean from the breech with a rod. Even the act of trying to restrain the hammer with a strip is apt to make it rat-trap. I do use a patch-loop or other pull through device and only rod and brush my .17 HMR and .22 WMR model 30s when necessary. I do recall an older friend who cleaned his .25-10-67 favorite from the breach in 1949. Even then he was having problems locating ammo for it. A combination of a pull through and a rod when the latter is necessary seem the best approach at present.
Good luck with the cleaning chore.
Respectfully Yours,
William Harper
Thanks for the insight! I guess this would be the case for a number of semi-auto, lever, and pump guns as well where you would need to remove the barrel in order gain access for a cleaning rod.
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