Anyone familiar with a stevens model 87c?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by jamnmike, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. jamnmike

    jamnmike New Member

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    Just wanting to gather some info on my recent acquisition. stevens model 87c previous owner said that it was built in 1952. it shoots .22 lr only in semi auto and the bolt locks up so you can shoot single shots as well. I refinished the wood to a dark bronze finish hammered look (textured)
     

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  2. jamnmike

    jamnmike New Member

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    pic #2

    this is the finished wood on it now.
     

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  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Sweet. Nice job on the stock.
     
  4. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    It might help if you let everybody know what kind of info you are looking for. ;)
     
  5. jamnmike

    jamnmike New Member

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    pretty much anything that I could find out on them? If you've had one when you were a kid? I just can't find anything on the web about them. There's a bunch of patent numbers on the barrel, like 6 patents for this gun but research doesnt show any? is it rare? Doesnt matter I bought it to shoot it you know.:D what year? speculative info was that the previous owner said it was built in 1952? not sure can't find the info? I have'nt been around in the 50's so I wouldnt know. maybe some knowledgeable old timers could tell me something.
     
  6. Highpower

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  7. caz4

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    I received one in the late 1950's as a gift from my family. I have fired literally thousands - perhaps as many as 50,000 rounds with it. Only a handful of jams as it is unbelieveably reliable. A little care and cleaning and it shoots forever. Passing on to my oldest son soon. Only problem, after all those rounds the firing pin broke - looking for a new one now but it was more fun than a barrell of monkeys to shoot.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    CAZ- welcome to the forum- drop by the intro thread when you get a chance, and say howdy. As far as your firing pin, here you go: Firing Pin

    My usually fee is adult beverages, precious metals, nubile maidens.
     
  9. Cornhusker

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    I've got an 87A, probably pretty much the same thing
    Seems to work ok, but I only took it out shooting once, then cleaned it up and put it away.
    I did quite a bit of looking when I got it.
    Kind of an odd thing.
    Mine says Stevens\Springfield 87A
    From what I've been able to find out, it was made between 1938 and 1948 when they dropped the Springfield name from them.
    You can lock the bolt forward and make it a manual repeater, like a bolt action or you can unlock it for semi-auto.
    When you pull the trigger, the bolt stays back until you release the trigger, then it goes forward.
    Makes kind of a click-clack sound.
    They are sometimes called "gill guns".
    I might refinish it, but so far, it's just like I got it only cleaner.
     
  10. Bigdog57

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    Rarity.....? A million or so made, of various model numbers. Numrich will have all parts you need. Generally the different model numbers and brand names mean some differences in stock, sights, trigger guards, etc. None are 'rare'.
    Mine is the Springfield 87A. Early rifles had a flat reciever plug (at the very rear) that is unscrewed to remove the bolt/hammer assembly. Does not require puling barreled action from stock. Later rifles had a streamlined plug that does require stock removal. Later rifles (post 1955 or so) have rimfire scope grooves, earlier rifles do not.
    When firing it, you will notice the bolt remains all the way back if you keep the trigger pulled. Releasing the trigger allows it to return to battery. This causes a rather disconcerting (initially) 'click...clack' action that is the hallmark of these guns. I find locking the bolt forward results in a bit better accuracy - we don't have the bolt's mass moving.
     
  11. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Good solid old 22's. I've still got the clip fed 87 I got when I was 7 yrs
    old. Been cut back and re-crowned once, reblued and refinished, drilled
    and tapped for a scope---still running strong after a bajillion rounds.
    Have a tube fed one that's been sitting in a corner of the barn for
    darned near 30 years, still goes bang when required. It isn't pretty,
    but it works!

    Not the sexiest 22 in the rack, but a good solid model that just keeps
    on working. They seem to be actually edging up in value a bit, but
    I still see good shooting examples around here for under $75.
     
  12. proffitt

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    I got a old stevens bolt actiin that is tube feed as well. I redid the wood and reblued the metal. I love to find spare parts for it. Its a 1940 s era.
     
  13. proffitt

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    Ya ive notice the vaules going up as well.
     
  14. Drkangel69

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    Would u happen to have an owners manual for this or no where i can find one. I checked the Savage web site no luck.