Winchester model 250 .22


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Quoheleth
August 28, 2007, 12:25 AM
Wonder if any of you have an idea of the value of my dad's old Winchester model 250, lever action .22? He bought it when he graduated from college, so it's either a '64 or '65 model. It's in good condition with a little bit of rust (some flecks/spots) on the barrel and one schmear on the bolt face. It has definitely been used, but not abused.

I've done a few 'net searches and range seems to be $100 - $250. I'm guessing $175-200 would be a good price. It's not a collector's item, I take it. It shoots well, is still solid, and is decidedly different in it's appearance than the "usual" lever-action appearance. It looks sort-of Savage-ish. Go ahead and use it? Or keep it in it's box and keep it retired for posterity?

Quoheleth

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Onmilo
August 28, 2007, 12:40 AM
I know a guy who is looking for one of these in the plastic stocked version.

Pretty decent rifles and I don't think you will hurt anything by taking it out to the range once in a while.

You are about spot on with your retail value speculation.

golden
August 28, 2007, 07:45 AM
I would put the value of a good condition model 250 at about $150.00. There are still a lot of the Winchester 100 and 200 series rifles out there. That keeps the price down.

It is definitely a shooter as far as I am concerned and a lot of fun too!

I owned one a couple of years ago and liked shooting it. For best accuracy, try Remington SUBSONIC 36 grain hollow point and PMC Scoremaster (NOTE: PMC may be discontinuing some of their ammo lines.
The Remington ammo is inexpensive and nearly as accurate as the ELY ammo in many rifles.

Jim

woof
August 28, 2007, 09:49 AM
Coincidentally, I just returned from a gun shop where I was looking at a pretty clean one marked 125. I was tempted to offer 100 but was afraid he'd say yes :)

Quoheleth
August 28, 2007, 03:04 PM
Dad and I would have our back yard schutzenfests with our lever actions - his model 250 and my Browning. We would use the same box of bulk ammo, and we tried the "Big Three" - Remington, Winchester and Federal. It seemed that my gun shot faster or harder - or at least, would make the steel plates "ding" with a bit more authority. We would load up and see who could get the longest run w/out a miss at the 8" squares @ 100 yards. Not a bad challenge with .22s and open sights. Fun, too.

I never really fired it for pinpoint accuracy. It was plenty accurate as far as I was concerned.

So, it sounds like I have a shooter, not a safe queen. Use it and enjoy it. That's just as well. If it were of greater value, I might try to sell or trade it.

Thanks, guys.

Q

woof
August 28, 2007, 03:47 PM
The more I think about it, anything 40 years old that has a lever, says Winchester on it, and is as clean as this one was has to worth better than $125. I'll swing by tomorrow and offer 100 and see what happens.

pinstripe
August 29, 2007, 01:46 AM
I looked up the value of your winchester model 250. These prices are from the 29th edition gun trader guide which I have on my desk. It states that it came in 2 types. The standard and the deluxe, which is the same as the standard except the deluxe has a fancy walnut monte carlo stock. The deluxe was made from 1965-1971, while the standard was produced from 1963-1973.

The 250 deluxe value is as follows:
NIB-$248
EX-$196
GD-$119

The 250 standard value is:
NIB-$170
EX-$140
GD-$100

Hopes that this helps you out.

j. holiday
July 13, 2010, 03:47 AM
My step dad bought me one when I was 11 in 1971. He told me they were not making them anymore. About a month later he brought me a model 150 and traded. The 250 stayed in his gun cabinet except for the rare occasion he went plinking with it.
He died a few months ago and my little brother brought it down to me, it still looks like it did when it was new. It had the checkered stock. I couldn't resist taking it out and shooting it, it still shoots like a new one too what a blast

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