The Forgotten Model 54


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Mudslicks
March 2, 2011, 10:18 PM
Buying a very low serial numbered model 54 this weekend in 270 caliber. Does anyone know how many rifles or 270's Winchester made in the first year of production (1925) of the Model 54 ?? Hard to believe this rifle doesnt equal the value of the Model 70, especially since so many more of those were built. Thanks

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Jim K
March 2, 2011, 10:53 PM
The books (which I no longer quite trust) say 3140 total the first year (c. 50,145 total to 1936). How many were in .270, I don't know. Its basic roots were in the M1903 Springfield although the Model 54, unlike Remington's Model 30, did not use military surplus receivers.

That rifle is just another proof that scarcity does not equate to high prices. The Model 54 was a decent rifle, but to be blunt it looks cheap. And it was not set up for a scope at at time when scopes were becoming more common.

Its main defect was that Jack O'Connor didn't write it up in a zillion magazine articles as "The Rifleman's Rifle."

Jim

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