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Old July 31st, 2020, 09:35 PM #1
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Lightbulb Stevens visible loading repeater pump .22

Little auction action from tonight. Cochran's in Boonsboro had a 175 gun estate sale. Hot, humid, loud (in spite of ear plugs) and way too many folks too close together for Covid comfort. This was #8 on the 175 firearm list and followed a 1890 Winchester pump that brought $500 with a linseed oiled wire wheeled surface. Total of six .22 pumpers and a couple lever .22's too but mostly new pistolas. Ammo was bidding for above retail and I think most buyers forgot the 16% buyers premium and tax fee. My limit was $250 but threw an extra $25 at it to escape early. First payee, first through the FFL and color me gone.

This little Stevens was actually in much better shape versus the Winny even with the well repaired stock crack. Needed a ton of cleaning, but will cycle and fire. The loading needs some loving which I understand is common.

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Found this on the web to help identify / date it.
https://www.cornellpubs.com/downloads/stevens-vl.pdf

Seems to be late teens, early '20's from the barrel roll script. Pretty nice shape for @ 100 years old and I'm good with that.
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That's a beautiful example!

You do know the nickname of that model, right?
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Cool find! Think you did the right thing getting out of Dodge early. I've only attended a live auction once in the last 2 months and that was a tiny toy and advertising auction with a whole 10 live bidders. Everyone else was bidding online. Redding in Gettysburg has an upcoming military auction and there's tons of eye candy in that one. Just not sure if I want to make the trip just to find they're at capacity and turning folk away since that place is normally packed in non-pandemic times.
I've been researching and watching .22 pump action rifles for months now after someone posted a great thread about them. Would love a Colt Lightning but for some reason I'm equally drawn to the Remington model 12. Found a nice one coming up next Saturday. Will watch and see if it's possible to grab for a reasonable price.
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Very nice. That was one of very few things I was interested in at that auction when I saw it online.
I don't live very far from there, but felt it wasn't worth the trip. I'm glad you got it at a decent price even with the 16% added on.
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You do know the nickname of that model, right?
Nope. Enlighten us, please.
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That's a beautiful example!

You do know the nickname of that model, right?
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Nope. Enlighten us, please.
IIRC, it's "Miserable Loader" as a play on "Visible Loader" due to the fact that if you don't keep them incredibly clean they tend to have issues with the load/feed system.
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Cool find! Think you did the right thing getting out of Dodge early. I've only attended a live auction once in the last 2 months and that was a tiny toy and advertising auction with a whole 10 live bidders. Everyone else was bidding online. Redding in Gettysburg has an upcoming military auction and there's tons of eye candy in that one. Just not sure if I want to make the trip just to find they're at capacity and turning folk away since that place is normally packed in non-pandemic times.
I've been researching and watching .22 pump action rifles for months now after someone posted a great thread about them. Would love a Colt Lightning but for some reason I'm equally drawn to the Remington model 12. Found a nice one coming up next Saturday. Will watch and see if it's possible to grab for a reasonable price.

I love my Remy model 12. It needed something in the firing pin, spring and guide if I remember right. Lyman peep sights and it is ridiculously fun to shoot but I need to be careful not to tilt it while cycling or it'll shave the edge of the bullet going into the chamber.

Top one is a circa '39 Winny 62 that got me addicted to these things. It was painted peeling gloss black and went for under $200 OTD a while back.



Per the live auction, man I was not expecting them to be so tightly packed and expect that there will be blowback through the .gov about it. They had Savage and Henry pumps plus the ugly winny on the tables. Dead guy wasn't a shooter so the old stuff was untested and the new stuff had tags. A NWT Henry lever .22 bidded to $350 or so. There was a Winny 9422 that went later but I have no idea on it. An ugly Norinco went for $150 ish before mine came up.

Definitely no cheap dates once you pay the premium and FFL but I'll still go back for interesting stuff.

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IIRC, it's "Miserable Loader" as a play on "Visible Loader" due to the fact that if you don't keep them incredibly clean they tend to have issues with the load/feed system.
Yep. Mine has something wrong with one of the extractor springs. I'll take it apart eventually and sort it out. It also feels like the breech block is twisting causing the bullet to not center in the chamber going in. I'm trying to find more info on Rimfire central.
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That was my first firearm. Grandmother gave it to me. Firing pin was broken. The gunsmith at the Baltimore Gun shop on Broadway manufactured a new pin for me. Shot thousands of rounds through the thing. Remember you have to manually remove the last case from the extractor. The next cartridge pushes out the empty case, when there are none, you have to.

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Sweet, I love old pump 22 rifles
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