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HeadlandRam
October 5, 2008, 06:47 PM
Recently I bought a Mossberg 151K and I guess that damned gun bit me and now I have an addiction for old rifles :). Anyway every three moths there is a gun show here in the wiregrass region and I was wondering what should I look for at the gun show. I know a mosin nagant and a Nylon 66 or 77 is on top of the list, is there anything else I should look for?

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mgkdrgn
October 5, 2008, 09:06 PM
Marlin had some really nice older 22's, and I think they made some for Western Auto and Sears as well.
If you are thinking of branching out to 22 magnum, I have an older Mossberg 640KB "Chuckster" that the memory of still sends chills down the spines of woodchucks in the NY finger lakes area. ;-)

aka108
October 5, 2008, 09:09 PM
Remington 510, 511, 512 and 513's are excellent older rifles.

76shuvlinoff
October 5, 2008, 09:37 PM
My father has a 1952 Marlin 39A lever gun, the thing has a few knicks and scrapes but is built like a tank and smooth as butter. I have a beautiful 1977 39A but his is the better rifle.

Dookie
October 6, 2008, 12:22 AM
Mossbergs with the beavertail, savage NRA models, winchesters and remingtons, pumps, levers

Here is my old Wards Western Field 47A, Mossberg, with all the goodies, very hard to find complete, these models are going good with collectors, and they shoot amazing.

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/shelbyfan/mossberg%201/th_PC290004.jpg (http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/shelbyfan/mossberg%201/PC290004.jpg)
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/shelbyfan/mossberg%201/th_PC290001.jpg (http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m67/shelbyfan/mossberg%201/PC290001.jpg)

Coal Dragger
October 6, 2008, 12:40 AM
Can't go wrong trying to find an older Winchester Model 52.

HB
October 6, 2008, 12:43 AM
Can't go wrong trying to find an older Winchester Model 52.
So true...
I like old single shots, Stevens etc. A few old Winchester Pumps are always good as well.

pfc.pennington
October 6, 2008, 12:44 AM
Marlin had some really nice older 22's, and I think they made some for Western Auto and Sears as well. I have a Western Auto in .22 mag, Purty and shoots like a dream.

jdc1244
October 6, 2008, 12:47 AM
The Brno 451, 452, 455, 456, and 537 – Models 1 through 5, made from 1946 to 1973 – are a must-own for classic .22LR collectors. My 1948 Model 1 is my favorite. The excellent leaf sights, smooth action, and quality barrels make these very accurate shooters. I doubt you’ll find them at a gun show but they’re often on the auction sites.

rangerruck
October 6, 2008, 01:12 AM
remmy 240 or 241, or the best a 241 gs. also anything marlin model 80 or 81, made from about 1937 to about the 1960's. after that they added a digit to the front. course then again, nothing wrong with a 781 either...

texfed
October 6, 2008, 01:15 AM
I like my old Winchester 290!

HB
October 6, 2008, 01:18 AM
Is the 290 a semi or lever? I have the 190, and it is very accurate but the trigger is heavy as could be.

HB

Dookie
October 6, 2008, 01:58 AM
Is the 290 a semi or lever? I have the 190, and it is very accurate but the trigger is heavy as could be.290 is semi, 250 is the lever, I have the 250 and it shoots amazing. It just happens to have been made in the years that Winchester was doing some rearranging and the purists think it is not any good

NWCP
October 6, 2008, 02:40 AM
I go for the old Winchesters and Brownings. Something to be said for the older .22s and .22WRMs. All of mine shoot as good as the day they were purchased. Fun stuff.

cinteal
October 6, 2008, 02:57 PM
Winchester Model 61. This is the sweetest shooting pump action 22 I have ever fired. I own two. One has a grooved receiver for a scope, but plinkning is great with iron sights. In my area, these are very sought after.

The 61 fires shorts, longs, long rifle and is also available in .22 WMR.

I see them on Auction Arms for $600 to $1200.

Taurus makes a Model 62 copy . . . don't know why. I'm hoping one of these days they'll copy the 61. The 62 is hammer fire, 61s shoot like the model 12 . . . hold the trigger down and the gun fires as fast as you can pump the action. I don't think it was designed to do that (don't really know) but it's kinda cool.

atlanticfire
October 6, 2008, 03:13 PM
Would have to aggree with the old Remington 500s. Have an old 512 sportsmaster and targetmaster 512. Both are excellent!

mgkdrgn
October 6, 2008, 04:00 PM
I have a Western Auto in .22 mag, Purty and shoots like a dream.

Friend of mine's dad owned the Western Auto store in town and had one of those ... is what drove me to buy my Mossberg 64oKB :-)

MD_Willington
October 6, 2008, 09:13 PM
How about a Remington 581 ??

rantingredneck
October 6, 2008, 09:17 PM
I personally like the Marlin 75. A carbine version of the 60. Not sure when they quit making them. Some of them were western auto branded too.

RH822
October 6, 2008, 09:37 PM
So far this year I have bought 5 old 22's, they are, Remington 514, Winchester 190, Ward Westernfield 31A, Marlin Model 60 and a 1969 Romanian trainer.
The only one that is a bit of a disapointment is the Winchester 190, it's not near as accurate as it should be. I think in may just need a major cleaning. The Remington and Westernfield are the most accurate of the bunch.

22-rimfire
October 7, 2008, 12:42 AM
It depends on what you call "old" of course. I would keep my eyes open for a Remington 541-S or 541-T. There are few rifles finer.

Another one to watch for are the Weatherby Mark XXII semi-autos. Very good shooting 22 rifles.

Winchester 52B of course. They cost usually $1000 these days.

Remington 513 or 514.

rangerruck
October 7, 2008, 01:13 AM
now then, if you want a semi that will legitimately shoot all ammo, and do it without screwing up, or jamming, get either the remmy 550, or remmy speedmaster. These had unique chamber designs, that allowed them to handle short, long, and long rifle, flawlessy. And they do, I have a speedmaster, and it will even handle the monster Aguila 60 grain sniper sss bullets, and do it without keyholing them downrange.

Travlin
October 7, 2008, 01:50 AM
I agree with Rangerruck. 50 years ago I first shot my granddaddy's Remington 550-1. It's mine now and still a sweet shooter. It really will fire all three lengths of .22 ammo interspersed in the same magazine.

I recently bought my son a Marlin 60 .22 auto. They are exceptionally accurate right out of the box. It's been in continuous production since 1960. A nice rifle in all respects.

mnrivrat
October 7, 2008, 04:05 AM
Remington made their bolt action .22 rifles in a Nylon series. Model 10 , 11, and 12 with flat nolt handles. Getting harder and harder to find these.

My first .22 was a Remington model 510 targetmaster. Deadly accurate single shot. A number of the old Mossbergs were also very nice in both bolt action and semi-auto versions. Something about those stock feeders that is warm and fuzzy.

Feanaro
October 7, 2008, 05:12 AM
Try a Winchester Model 1906 on. Pump action, take down, and handy as all get-out.

Feanaro
October 7, 2008, 05:13 AM
Double tap! Gotta watch that itchy trigger finger.

krs
October 7, 2008, 11:42 AM
I used to like Stevens Walnut Hill single shot .22's. Still have a couple of old beauties around here somewhere, an armory model and a beautiful field gun with tang sight that once was my favorite squirrel shooter.

I've even got an old Stevens Schuetzen rifle in .22 that belonged to my great uncle who was an enthusiastic Schuetzen shooter in the 1920's. He rebbarreled his rifle with the then new Winchester 52 rifled blank because that barrel was supposed to be the end all in accuracy. Those guys got so intense about winning their community 'shoots' than no expense was spared if it got them the best rifle on the field at one of those matched. All shot offhand at 200 meters. That rifle lookes like this:http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p263/twagger/guns/stevens.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p263/twagger/guns/stevens1.jpg

That buttplate thing was made to place in the shooter's elbow crook. It was years before I found this out and I always thought that my great uncle must have been a skinny little guy to hold this heavy rifle to his shoulder. Turns out they put that in their elbow and used the leverage of the shoulder to help hold the rifle.

Sorry about the crummy photos - they are from my first digital camera and don't transmit very well anymore. A resolution thing I guess.

HeadlandRam
October 8, 2008, 06:00 PM
Wow, I guess there are alot of .22's to look out for :D

351 WINCHESTER
October 8, 2008, 11:02 PM
The nylon 66's are good guns. Be advised they are not suited for scope mounting as the receiver is only held in place by 2 screws and the bbl is seperate from the receiver. You won't be happy with they way it groups. They are dead reliable, even when dirty if fed good ammo.

For a real treat get a 63 winchester. It holds 11 long rifles and due to it's very quick trigger you can empty it in less than a second. Much faster than any nylon 66.

texastony
October 8, 2008, 11:11 PM
I've got a Marlin Model 60 Glenfield. Really sweet shooter.

CB900F
October 8, 2008, 11:28 PM
Headlandram;

You need to visit the Marlin 39 Club thread here at THR. The thread is now 70 pages with over 1700 posts. On this thread, poster #4 first mentioned the Marlin model 39, I'll strongly second his suggestion. If you want to collect fine old .22's you're gonna have to have at least one.

900F

MemphisJim1
October 8, 2008, 11:36 PM
My favorite vintage .22s:

Winchester Model 61 pump; mine has the grooved receiver and soon will be scoped. Smooth as butter.

Winchester Model 63 semis: one has grooved receiver, one doesn't. My all-time favorite semi in any caliber. As soon as I can train a competent loader, I plan to shoot an Indian head pattern in tin to hang on the wall.

Model 47 bolt: a 'cheapie' promotional item from the early post-War years. Mine was my 1949 Christmas present and has been lovingly cared for in my hands ever since. Stalked many a jackrabbit and rattlesnake with it into the mid-50s.

I also have a 290, a post-Vietnam tour '68 Christmas present from Dad. Fun to shoot but nowhere near the quality of the 63s. My brother has a 250; it's nice but I'm on the lookout for a Win 9422 and will settle for my Henry H001T in the interim.

Speedo66
October 9, 2008, 08:11 AM
"+1 on the Nylon 66 not shooting great groups. But they were important historically in that they were the first popular synthetic stock gun."

Is it possible the Stevens/Savage/Springfield 311/5100 line of SxS shotguns might hold that honor?

Bostekrisco
October 9, 2008, 01:10 PM
Headlandram;

You need to visit the Marlin 39 Club thread here at THR. The thread is now 70 pages with over 1700 posts. On this thread, poster #4 first mentioned the Marlin model 39, I'll strongly second his suggestion. If you want to collect fine old .22's you're gonna have to have at least one.

900F

+1

I just can't imagine not owning at least one of each, or at the very least a
39A for plinking/small game. My boy and me have spent many an afternoon together with the 39A.

CZguy
October 9, 2008, 03:03 PM
Quote:
Headlandram;

You need to visit the Marlin 39 Club thread here at THR. The thread is now 70 pages with over 1700 posts. On this thread, poster #4 first mentioned the Marlin model 39, I'll strongly second his suggestion. If you want to collect fine old .22's you're gonna have to have at least one.

900F

+1

I just can't imagine not owning at least one of each, or at the very least a
39A for plinking/small game. My boy and me have spent many an afternoon together with the 39A.

+2................. I have several different .22s, and would hate to part with any of them. I feel that I get more plain fun out of .22s than anything else.

CaptPaul
October 9, 2008, 09:55 PM
+1 for the Marlin 39A. a classic

-Paul

Furncliff
October 10, 2008, 12:56 AM
Savage 29... I bought one at a local gun show from a local gunsmith. I had never seen one before this, but I liked the way it fit and it was in excellent condition. I'm not sorry I took the chance. It's great fun to shoot, points really well and is accurate.

The model 29 is a takedown pump .22. Mine has an octagon barrel. They are very similar to the early Winchester pumps, most seem to be cheaper than the winny.



photo from GA
http://www.gunsamerica.com/UserImages/3171/961112120/pop_wm_994938.jpg

ShowMe2
October 10, 2008, 10:21 PM
Some people would not put these in the "old" category, but they were discontinued a few years back.

I own 2 of these; one in 22 LR and one in 22WMR

I've owned may 22's over the years including Marlin 39's, and if I could have only one it would be the 94/22. Steel receiver, polished blueing, short slick lever throw, and walnut stock...sweet.

TCB in TN
October 10, 2008, 10:53 PM
I can't imagine not having a Marlin 39A to shoot, most fun real shootin gun a body can have. I also Like the little Win 1906 as well. Fun/handy little rifles that shoot well and are beautiful as well. The ole squirrel stocked Marlin 60 is a fine addition to anyone's collection. The Marlin Glenfield 75 (mag fed, not tube fed) are great too. I have also always had a soft spot for the Remmington pump rifles as well. Have an old aluminum rec. version of the field master that just shoots like a dream. Its a little beat up but sure puts'em where you want'em. Lots of others, that are great too. They Nylon is a fun little gun, BL22, Winny 94/22, had a neat old Winny 150 that I really liked to shoot.

66912
October 10, 2008, 11:16 PM
I still squirrel hunt with my first rifle, a Winchester model 67 boys rifle. I also just picked up a 1947 Winchester mode 74 with a weaver B4 ( I believe thats right) scope on it. The gun just called to me and I bought it on impulse. I really like old .22's.

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