Thanks for the info. I just spoke with the owner of Wisner's Gun Parts. He was quite familiar with the Sevens favorites. He makes some of the parts for these guns. He also suggested pushing the barrel back slightly to tighten up the "head space." He hit a chord when he mentioned that usually after the hammer is in half cock position the lever stays in place and when there is a round in the chamber and the hammer is pulled all the way back, the shell tightens up the head space and the lever stays in place. I did not have the opportunity to chamber a shell until this afternoon after speaking to Mr. Wisner. Low and behold with a round chambered and the hammer all the way back the lever stays tight against the underside of the receiver tang! My problem is solved!
I received the favorite from an elderly family member that received it as a boy. He is now 86. The gun was heavily used and worn. The ejector was broken, the firing pin consisted of a nail, the trigger sear was also broken. several of the screws had been replaced with regular round head machine screws and last but not least the gun was covered in rust. In it's current condition it really had zero value. So I decided to make it pretty!
I sent the gun to George Roghaar in FL to have the barrel re-blued and the receiver heat case colored and the trigger plated in 24 kt gold. I re-finished the stock and fore stock with tru oil ( six coats) and 5 coats of Johnson's paste wax. The gun is gorgeous with the bluing, case coloring and gold trigger. Georges work was exceptional and a great guy to deal with. I would highly recommend George to anyone looking for various types of gun finishes. Georges web site is: www.gunblue.homestead.com
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Thanks for your input and time!