11-03-2009, 12:08 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Northwest, FL
Hah, found this quote and laughed...
As with many Stevens rifles of the first half of the 1900s, different reference books offer different dates of manufacture. It's usually accepted that the Visible Loader #70 was manufactured from 1907 into the early 1930s. It was last assembled from remaining parts in 1941 after parts production had ceased several years earlier. Sometimes called the "Miserable Loader," this gun can be found in good condition for $150 to $275 dollars. Ones with higher prices never seem to sell. Needing some work, they can be found for as little as $50.
Then this one...
Hello Bart. Your rifle is a Stevens Model 70 manufactured between 1907 and 1934.It was the first pump-action made by Stevens and had an estimated production of 100,000.There were many variations manufactured of the Model 70. The standard had an all blue barrel with a case-hardened receiver. It also had a 3/4 length magazine. The numbers you found are usually not serial numbers but rather part or production run numbers.Yes Bart, your gun has a very respectable value, depending on the condition. You describe your rifle as in 'excellent condition', so I would place it between $200 and $800 depending on the variation.I hope this has helped answer your question and thank you for asking for me. Charles Gage
Here's a Parts Listing of available stuff...both links apply Firearm Parts and Accessories | Numrich Gun Parts Corp. | e-GunParts.com Firearm Parts and Accessories | Numrich Gun Parts Corp. | e-GunParts.com
Here's the kicker, "models 70 &1/2, 71, 71 &1/2, 72, 722 are essentially the SAME as the model 70, differing chiefly in barrel length &/or sight equipment."
And one more quote...
Model 70 "Visible Loader". Congrats on owning one of the more interesting historical rimfire rifles. But actually, even tho it was produced for quite a few years, it was kind of an "Edsel" which was also called the "miserable loader". |
Basically is was a poor designed attempt to produce a pump action repeater based on the popular Stevens Favorite styling.
It did work reasonably well as new, but was and is a such a NIGHTMARE to repair that when they broke people just began discarding them or tossing them in the closet not to be seen for decades. So many of them have found their way into history's scrap-pile that nowdays they (especially good condition WORKING examples) have aquired collector interest.
Generally parts are fairly easy to come by, as many find it easier to part them out than repair. Watch the gun auction websites such as Gunbroker.com or AuctionArms.com . Be aware they are usually refered to as "Visible Loader". But occasionally listed under the Mod.70 .
Finding someone to work on it, who knows what he's doing, will likely be the trick.
I'm a hobbiest "kitchen table gunsmith', who buys old broken vintage guns and attempts to repair/restore them. I picked up an early Mod. 70 in .22 short awhile back. But instead of tackiling the repairs myself, took it to my local gunsmith who claimed he knew how to work on them.
That was 3 months ago. And altho much progress has been made, we still have a few bugs to work out. But he/we are learning as we go. I'd be happy to ask my gunsmith if he would be willing to work on yours. Or you can look around locally to see if anyone wants to try. Be advised it is NOT, repeat NOT a gun you'll want to try fixing yourself. Unless you are an experinced gunsmith w/proper shop tools
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