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Old 11-09-2012, 09:23 AM
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I'm usually down in the Mossberg forum or the Hunting forum, but I just relined a Stevens "CrackShot" for an RFC member and I kind of took a liking to the old Stevens single shots. I particularly like the under-lever falling block designs, but I didn't want to alter a nice rifle, so I was looking for a beater!!! I think I found it. Well I just won this old Stevens on GB with the express intent of relining it to 17Mach2. A bit rough and they no longer make 32 rimfire ammo so at least I will be turning an cool old rifle into a functioning cool old rifle in a current caliber!!! I suspect it will make a superb squirrel getter!!! At least that is the intention!!! These are the pictures from the GB auction, so you can get an idea of the starting point.



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Stevens single shot 32 long RF no sights, action is complete and working, bore looks like it will clean up OK. Stock is handmade, but has orginial buttplate on it. End of chamber has what appear to be grind marks on it. Sold as is what you see is what you get.
Once I get it into my hands I will need to evaluate it and see if I can actually do what I want. Pretty sure that I can, I will just need to apply a large amount of TLC and patience to make it happen!!! I know a fellow down in Kentucky that makes custom barrel liners so it looks like I may need to contact him for a larger diameter liner than is standard for 22 rimfires. We'll see, I think this one will need a full make-over before I will call it done!!!.
God Bless, Frank.

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:44 PM
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This is a fantastic idea! How much did you spend for the old beater?

The liners I've seen have a diameter of 5/16", or .3125". It looks like the old .32 rimfire cartridge had a the same diameter for the bullet, which means the rifling would be a tiny bit tighter. That means you might not actually need a custom liner at all.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:38 PM
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My Crackshot was the one Frank was talking about relining. He did a fantastic job! It shoots great now. Good luck and may yours turn out as nice as mine!
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:50 PM
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This is a fantastic idea! How much did you spend for the old beater?

The liners I've seen have a diameter of 5/16", or .3125". It looks like the old .32 rimfire cartridge had a the same diameter for the bullet, which means the rifling would be a tiny bit tighter. That means you might not actually need a custom liner at all.
$73.00 plus $15.00 S&H, plus $27.00 FFL fees when it arrives at the FFL. The funny thing is I was out bid on another Favorite that was missing the buttstock, plus missing some internal parts, and it went for $125.55!!! Go figure.

I know the diameter of the Brownells liner, but I think I am going to solder this liner in place instead of bonding it in. I know where I can get a 17 cal liner with an OD of 3/8" and I like that idea. And after the barrel is drilled for the liner I am planning on D&T'ing it for scope bases. The nicest thing about doing it that way is that I can use a standard starting tap, instead of needing a bottoming tap!!! May have to grind a custom liner drill but I have done that before so there should be no problem there!!!
God Bless, Frank.

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Old 11-09-2012, 06:37 PM
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I sure want to see a picture of that when you're done Frank.
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My only concern would be the higher pressure of the .17m2 compared to the standard velocity .22lr ammo the breech block was made for, thus I had mine relined in .22lr.
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My only concern would be the higher pressure of the .17m2 compared to the standard velocity .22lr ammo the breech block was made for, thus I had mine relined in .22lr.
That is the wonderful thing about the 17Mach2, it has the same max pressure as a 22 LR. The pressure curves are definitely different with the 17Mach2 reaching its pressure peak sooner than the 22 LR but it is the same pressure rating for both cartridges!!! It is the faster curve that makes the 17Mach2 such a pain and a potential problem in semi-auto's. For any fixed breach a conversion to 17Mach2 is as simple as a reline or a barrel swap!!!
Check out the link!!! http://www.chuckhawks.com/17_M2.htm
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:15 PM
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I sure want to see a picture of that when you're done Frank.
Don't worry, I will detail the entire conversion!!! If it is done in time for Shawnee next year, it will be there with me!!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:04 AM
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The early Favorite was designed for standard velocity ammo. The '17 Mach II pressure is equal to the modern high velocity ammo. If all the linkage is right it will work and not blow up in your face. My concern would be that it will loosen up with extended use.
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Pretty much what Slumlord said, mine is in excellent condition but the bore was toast, thought about a .17m2 but decided to stay with the .22lr, I'm betting it will be a super fun little conversion Tfrank, just concerned about long term wear. I'll be following this one for certain.



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Tfrank, your conversion is going to be one fun squirrel gun!
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Tfrank, your conversion is going to be one fun squirrel gun!
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The early Favorite was designed for standard velocity ammo. The '17 Mach II pressure is equal to the modern high velocity ammo. If all the linkage is right it will work and not blow up in your face. My concern would be that it will loosen up with extended use.
Believe me I like my face just the way it is, and I will keep a very close watch on action tightness. I have a little bit of experience with rimfire shells bursting due to an unsupported rim. Never a good situation, and not inclined to go there again.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:45 PM
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The seller said it was in the mail and should be at the FFL's by early to mid week!!! Can't wait to get my hands on it and start evaluating it!!! Since the action was designed for a 32 rimfire it ought to handle a 17 Mach2, but evaluating will be the first thing !!!
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:03 PM
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Ill be following this with intrigue.

Best of luck with everything man!
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