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1915 Stevens Model 315 makeover
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:46:16 pm »
I was given a wrecked Stevens model 315 SxS 12 gauge that was originally owned by my next-door neighbor's grandfather.  His thought was since I was retired, "See what you can do with it".
I regret I didn't take any BEFORE pictures since I just tinkered with taking it apart and half-heartedly started working on it.  It became a bonafide project when I discovered it was still shootable.
All the metalwork was completely brown with rust, except for the bore, which had a hardened coating of grease inside, along with about 50 years of dead dust bunnies, and the buttstock was was split with a piece missing near the boxlock.  I even checkered the replacement stock pieces (from Boyd's) using tools I bought in 1971.  The boxlock receiver was simply polished with brown Scotchbrite pads in a Dremel, giving it a nice satin finish, and the 32" barrels and trigger guard got an air-cured satin black Cerakote finish.  I'm considering using one of those Caldwell plating kits to nickel-plate the receiver for a little more corrosion protection.
I'm thinking about making a display case and use it as a working wall-hanger.








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    Re: 1915 Stevens Model 315 makeover
    « Reply #1 on: August 11, 2014, 10:43:52 pm »
    Nice makeover.  Those are decent old guns.    :thumbup1
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    Re: 1915 Stevens Model 315 makeover
    « Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 08:08:11 pm »
    That is beautiful work my friend.
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    Re: 1915 Stevens Model 315 makeover
    « Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 11:05:30 am »
    Very nicely done!
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    Re: 1915 Stevens Model 315 makeover
    « Reply #4 on: August 15, 2014, 08:38:09 pm »
    What better way to test out an old shotgun than with Jen-yoo-wine black powder shotshells?  I loaded up a box of 1oz. #8 loads with 80 grains of FFg, a couple of over powder nitro wads and a card top wad and have at it.

    I broke every bird I shot at (I think):


    A true Smoke Pole:


    The BP loads kicked like the proverbial mule, and I was glad to switch to my normal Red Dot loads to finish the day.  I went home smelling like rotten eggs, prompting the ire of my Significant Other, who threatened a bath with tomato juice.  Or something.
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    Re: 1915 Stevens Model 315 makeover
    « Reply #5 on: September 06, 2014, 11:25:07 pm »
    Here is a good standard load for target and upland game.  No I don't think it kicks like a mule. It is however, quite a bit louder than smokeless loads. If you use such loads during an afternoon of dove shooting a leather barrel guard or at least thick leather gloves are in order to protect your "weak" hand from the hot barrels. Yes black powder burns hot!

    3 Drams, (82grains), GOEX FFFg Blackpowder, once fired Federal Paper hull, fold crimp, 1 1/8 Oz Shot, Winchester 209 Primer, .135" nitro card, two ¼” felt filler wads:   PSI 6,600 and 1165 FPS.


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    Re: 1915 Stevens Model 315 makeover
    « Reply #6 on: September 08, 2014, 08:35:39 am »

    Very beautifully done. Good work.   :D
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