I appreciate your reply..I had an original Favorite to copy as well..That really is the best way to proceed if at all possible..I hope you make quick progress with it..... I dont recall exactly how long it took to build the Marlin but 6 months is about right, might have been closer to 4 months..I work fast.
Oh hey let me show you another gun picture..This is a gun that I bought 35 years ago as a non functional relic..Had it in a closet all this time and finally took it out and rebuilt it..Very rare model 65 Winchester in .218 BEE...Barrel had 14 extra holes drilled into it and there was a ring in the barrel where somebody may have tried to shoot it with a mud dauber nest plugging the bore..I welded over the holes and drilled out the barrel and turned down a gunbarrel as a liner and loctited it in there......Made new loading gate for it. Made the fore end wood , installed after market tube magazine and the steel nose cap.Refinished everything..Good shooter now- after only 35 years.
Incidently..I make all my own chambering reamers and want to mention that making the .218 BEE chambering reamer was most difficult one I ever made.It having both a rim and a shoulder on the same cartridge made for need of precision that was tough to attain with my setup..