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Old 02-22-2018, 7:24 AM
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Default Family heirloom Winchester 22A

A couple weeks ago I mentioned to my father in law that I was thinking about buying a .22 rifle. He called me a few days later, said he had something for me. I've been married to his daughter for nearly 28 years and have heard about the "rifle somewhere in the basement" from time to time but never saw it. He spent the better part of a day searching and found it - he didn't want me dropping $200 or so on a new rifle. It's been sitting in his basement for 60 years.

Well, it looked to be in pretty decent shape, especially for something manufactured in the mid 1930s that's been stored for such a long time. Very minimal pitting on the barrel, no real issues. I took it to the local gunsmith to look it over. We found that it's a functioning firearm and I had him reblue the barrel.etc. I brought it out to the range and it performs beyond expectation! Single shot bolt action is a fun change of pace for me, plus a piece of family history get new life.
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Old 02-22-2018, 7:59 AM
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Cool story.
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Old 02-22-2018, 8:04 AM
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Good story about a Classic firearm


Now.... We need pictures. Man ...!!!!!
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:27 AM
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only pic I have right now.

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That's a Model 60A .
Did your gunsmith tell you how rare it is before he blued it? I guess as a family heirloom no harm done. There was only 6,118 made from 1933 to 1939. Two versions, Sporting and Target, the Target will have a rear peep sight.
What's the barrel length, and does it have a finger groove in the stock?

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That's a Model 60A .
Did your gunsmith tell you how rare it is before he blued it? I guess as a family heirloom no harm done. There was only 6,118 made from 1933 to 1939. Two versions, Sporting and Target, the Target will have a rear peep sight.
What's the barrel length, and does it have a finger groove in the stock?
Yeah, I just saw that I wrote "22A". Must be getting old - that kind of thing happens more and more.

Don't really care about the value or scarcity at all...Just wanted to clean it up and have something to let my yet to be born grandchildren learn to shoot with.

It's a Sporting model. Finger grooves and 27 inch barrel.
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Shoot it , then engrave your father in law full name on it, then hang it on the wall then heir it to your grand son , and don’t forget to tell your grand son the story that you tell us today. For the whole world it’s just a rifle but for your grand son it’s priceless.
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Very nice!

I have my granddad's Winchester 1906 that was made in 1907. It hasn't been fired in probably 50 years but it seems to dry fire ok. I'm going to have it looked at by a gunsmith soon and, if he gives the thumbs up, hopefully, take it to the range.
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Yeah, I just saw that I wrote "22A". Must be getting old - that kind of thing happens more and more.

Don't really care about the value or scarcity at all...Just wanted to clean it up and have something to let my yet to be born grandchildren learn to shoot with.

It's a Sporting model. Finger grooves and 27 inch barrel.
I know about that getting old stuff, they tell me it ain't for wussies.
You have the later version, made 33-39, the ones made 32-33 had a 23" barrel and no finger groove. In good condition they can bring $1200+, the later ones like yours about $8-900.
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Nice OP.

Engrave name, hang on wall,HUH
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Shoot it , then engrave your father in law full name on it, then hang it on the wall then heir it to your grand son , and donít forget to tell your grand son the story that you tell us today. For the whole world itís just a rifle but for your grand son itís priceless.
pretty much this. I definitely plan to shoot the **** out of it
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so after bluing the barrel I decided to go with an all out refurbish. Father in law saved me $200 so I spent $300. I love the way it turned out.








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Good story about a Classic firearm


Now.... We need pictures. Man ...!!!!!

EXCELLENT !!!!!!

Great Job / Now That's a Family heirloom !!
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My grandfather hunted jackrabbits in Colorado with this Savage model 1904 single shot .22 "boys' rifle" at turn of last century. He was killed in an explosion when my dad was an infant so I never knew him but I inherited his rifle as a young boy and still have, and occasionally shoot, it today.
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