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Approx. 7 years ago I purchased an antique single-shot rifle at auction. It is an early 1900's Stevens "Favorite" chambered for .25 rimfire ammo. The rifle is in good condition except for the butt plate, which is missing a small section.
The bore looks real good and it has a flip-up sight. It is a lever action also.
I was able to find a full box of .25 ammo at a gun show, but I have never fired the rifle. Does anyone know more about these rifles? When did the .25 cartridge stop being produced? What were the ballistics like? Is this rifle worth keeping? The only number I can find is behind the trigger underneath the cocking lever. ( T 647)

I also have a .22 single shot bolt action Winchester Model 68. It looks to be in excellent condition. It has a military-style leather sling. The rear sight is an ajustable peep sight, and the front sight is hooded. I have not been able to find a serial number. Does anyone know more about this rifle?
 

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im humble...LOL..sometimes

..well the stevens vavorite is before my time,,but could it be a 25-20
cal???i have never seen one other than a 22cal,and as far as the winchester
it could very well not have a serial no. and the reason you were offered
$10.00 bucks because both guns are very valuble,the winchester could very
well be a U.S. training rifle,by what you have said and it having a peep
sight,that would realy put kindle in the fire,,any-hoot they are two sought
after little rifles,but dig some info on that caliber of the VAVORITE...:D
 

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Thank you

I just wanted to say that I appreciate the input. I have found that the Winchester was made between 1933-1946.....something like 100K were made and they had no serial number.
 

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Try rimfirecentral.com. Old Western Srounger has some oddball ammo sometimes. Not to say you are an oddball.
 

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The Stevens Favorite was chambered in a bunch of different calibers.
25 rimfire was fairly common. Unfortunately, as far as I know 25 rimfire
hasn't been produced since before WWII.
 

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The old Stevens is just a wall hanger. No doubt it is still in shootable condition, the problem is that a box of ammo for it will cost you several time what you paid for the gun. As for the Win. it should still be a good shooter and pretty accurate.
 

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The only place you might find 25 rimfire is gunshows, online auctions, or estate auctions. In any case it will be expensive as it is very hard to find. OWS had plans about 8 years ago to make 1 million rounds but that never came to fruition. My father in law has a Steven's favorite in 25 rimfire with an aperture sight. He has 2 boxes of Canuck brand .25 left that were made after WW2 so they were made past that point. Everytime I go back to visit I'll take the Steven's out and shoot a few rounds for the experience. Even took it out for chuck's once. It is a great round, too bad it will never be produced again.
 

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I have a Stevens .25 rimfire gun also. Its probobly worth (depending on condition) about $3200.00. I found an EMPTY 25 rimfire box for sale on ebay for $60. They stopped making the ammo commercially in the early 1940's. I had a 50round intact box and fired off all but 8rnds before I realised I wouldnt get anymore. In either case I blew through a $150+ box of ammo and didnt know it... DOH! Anyhow there are online custom ammo makers that will produce .25cal RF at like $3.00 a round. The gun I have shoots great. Accurate as hell with the peep sights and the ballistics arnt bad. At least none of the woodchucks I shot with it complained. Hope this helps.
 

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The Winchester model 68 was produced before the gun control act of 1968 that stated ALL guns must have a serial number. Before 1968 most manufacture produced lower end guns without numbers. They werent used a military trainers according to any book I have ever seen. The were produced with these peep sights, the sling was a previous owners addition. These are above average lower end 22 rifle. As for the favorite, 25 rimfire was a common chambering years ago. As stated it was late 40's the last time ammo was produced. I find loose rounds about every gun show and buy them for an average 25 cents apiece. An above poster was a little high on his estimates from my experence on both gun and ammo. Most favorite 25's sell for $300 to $800 depending on condition. The ammo is what ever the market will bear. An empty box MAY have been sold on ebay however that is because it was a very rare box not because of the caliber. One empty 22 lr box ACTUALLY sold for $185 last year. As you know 22 lr boxes loaded dont sell for more than a couple bucks, it was the rarity of the box that made that particular box valuable. The 25 Stevens round shot a 65 grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1180 fps.
 

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FWIW, there was a .25 Stevens RF SHORT and a long. The short went out of production in 1951, the long in 1960. (Source- US Cartridges, Chas. Suydam) I THINK the last production runs were Dominion in Canada. BTW, if you think finding THESE is hopeless, there was another .25 RF that does not interchange with the Stevens- the .25 Bacon and Bliss. I have one round. Made from 1861-1910.
 

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FWIW, there was a .25 Stevens RF SHORT and a long. The short went out of production in 1951, the long in 1960. (Source- US Cartridges, Chas. Suydam) I THINK the last production runs were Dominion in Canada. BTW, if you think finding THESE is hopeless, there was another .25 RF that does not interchange with the Stevens- the .25 Bacon and Bliss. I have one round. Made from 1861-1910.

.25 Bacon, is the other .75 Sausage? Get me the eggs! I'll have Bliss.
 
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