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Old 08-06-2014, 08:12 PM
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Hello all,

I recently had the pleasure of doing a little TLC work on an American classic... a Stevens Crackshot Model 26. My cousin acquired the little rifle through some sort of trade with his cousin (on his mom's side) and although it's in overall very good condition, the lever wouldn't stay in the "up" or closed position unless it was held there. My initial inspection led me to believe that the breech block spring was broken.

When I disassembled the action, I discovered that most of the screws were loose, almost to a point where I could hold the screwdriver bit in my fingers and back them out. Upon further inspection, I realized there was nothing wrong with the gun, it was just so gummed up with old oil that the breech block spring couldn't move freely. I scrubbed the old crud from all of the parts with brass and nylon brushes and cleaned them all thoroughly, freed up the breech block spring, cleaned out the open receiver, oiled everything up and then re-assembled the rifle. It opens and closes with a nice little snap just as it should and it's not gonna cost my cousin a dime in parts.

The bore was absolutely filthy so I ran a loose patch soaked with KROIL through it and let it stand overnight. The next day I commenced cleaning it and other than some light pitting near the breech it looks pretty darn good.

The stock has some minor scuffs and scratches but no chips, cracks, or dents. I'm gonna see if he's willing to swap for something I have of equal value. It's a real little cutie and I figure it's worth $140-150...


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Old 08-08-2014, 12:49 PM
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nice. I like the old rifles. I guess I'm sort of nostalgic.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by bronko22000 View Post
nice. I like the old rifles. I guess I'm sort of nostalgic.

Yeah.. me too. I'm considering dropping my subscription to Gun Digest (the magazine) because it seems all they want to talk about and present anymore are AR's and a veritable plethora of new 1911's. Issue after issue. Not much type space given to good old walnut and steel anymore.. Too bad.. The guns for sale columns aren't what they used to be either.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:27 PM
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I have an old stevens favorite that was my great grandfathers. The same thing it looked like their was no.rifling in the barrel. Cleaned up nice. He keep it in the woodshed. It was the hog killing gun.
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