Stevens Favorite 1894 (Special Order?)
I have just purchased a late 1894 .22LR w/ original 24" full octagon take-down barrel. It appears to be a special order with no provisions for a tang site, has ejector/extractor, is over 3" long lower tang, and no patent date on barrel or reciever. serial number j474 marked on lower tang.
I will need to replace the ejector and the bore is sad. I am not sure of the collector value but i bought it to shoot and enjoy anyway. My questions are:
Do i look for another barrel or liner this one ?
If another barrel, where might i check ?
Are good used barrels still to be found ?
Will the new Model 30 take-down barrel work in early models ?
Is 24" standard length for 1894 ?
Why would there be no predrilled tang sight holes in top tang ?
Why no patent date ?
Does anyone out here have a Favorite with same 'j' prefix and close serial number ?
Any help or responses welcome, thanks in advance,