Winchester Mod. 77


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GunnyUSMC
January 11, 2012, 09:30 AM
I just cant help myself. I just can't pass up a good deal on a 22 rifle.
One Friday, I picked up my two boys from school. We stopped by one of the local pawn shops, like we do every week.
We had a look around, shot the bull a little and were just about to walk out when it cought my eye.
Sitting on the rack was a sweet little Winchester Mod. 77 auto. The magazine was in the rifle and the triggerguard was not cracked. It was marked $120 so, I asked my buddy that runs the shop if he could work on the price. He said that he didn't have much room in it but would let me have it for $100 out the door. Well you know my answer to that. It's mine all mine now!
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The Winchester Mod. 77 was intoduced in 1955 Both tubular magazine and detachable clip versions were offered under the same model number designation. Production ended in 1963. More then 217,000 were manufactured.
I have seen some really nice ones sell from $250 to $350. I have never found one for under $150
In the last 20 years I have only put my hands on 4 or 5 of them. Most of the time the detachable magazing is missing or the triggerguard is cracked.
I got really lucky on this one and I had my poker face on when I asked for a better deal.:cool:

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Lone Star
January 11, 2012, 01:36 PM
My dad left me his, a clip mag version. It jams a lot, but I think needs cleaning. They are notoriously hard to dissasemble, which is one reason they weren't more popular.

But it is solid walnut (?) and steel, and I like it.

The nylon trigger guard is warped slightly, but the magazine works okay in it.

lowerunit411
January 11, 2012, 02:10 PM
the pawn shops in your area must be killer...this is about the 4th or 5th pic of a great gun you got at a local pawn shop in the last month or so....not that way anywhere i know about

rcmodel
January 11, 2012, 02:18 PM
They are notoriously hard to dissasemble,I have never found that to be the case. They are actually one of the easier .22 autos to take completely apart there is.

The only "tricky" part is the round sear.

If you put it in backward you have a machinegun.

Or at least I did when it got my first new Model 77 in 1960 something.

A later one I bought about 5 years ago wouldn't do it.

Be sure and check the sheet metal operating slide.
My first one cracked after extended use.

rc

GunnyUSMC
January 11, 2012, 02:48 PM
the pawn shops in your area must be killer...this is about the 4th or 5th pic of a great gun you got at a local pawn shop in the last month or so....not that way anywhere i know about
I have over 300 guns, but only bought 79 last year. :D 7 or 8 of those were 22s. Not all come from pawn shops.
Most of the ones I have posted in the last week or so have been bought over the last 4 years.
There are 3 good pawn shops within 5 miles of my house. One is 4 miles west of my house and the 2nd, just down the road from the first. The 3rd one is 5 miles east of my house. I am in those 3 shops about once a week. Most of the time I don't see anything I want, but sometimes I do. If you only stop in from time to time you will not get first crack at the good stuff.
You also have to have a good poker face and never pay the asking price if you can help it. :)
You would really hate me if you knew what I paid for the Winchester 94 30-30 top eject, that I picked up a few days before Christmas.:evil:

Gordon
January 11, 2012, 08:26 PM
RC really nailed that one. Back in the bad old days when they first came out the "clip" fed 77s were quite the rage among older adolescents . More than one deliberately did that to the sear! I remember you could get off 3 squeezes with a magazine so the cyclic rate was not insane ...............:evil:

788Ham
January 12, 2012, 01:35 AM
Lone Star, take some carb cleaner, non-clorinated, and spray the tar out of the magazine, maybe thats whats causing the jamming. Then "lightly" oil it, NO W-D 40 either! Ha Might be the spring in the mag is gunked up, give that a try.

Gunny, glad those pawns are down on your end of town, sounds like some good deals to be had. Okay............. how much for the Win. 30-30?

GunnyUSMC
January 12, 2012, 09:20 AM
Okay............. how much for the Win. 30-30?
I don't want you to start hating me just yet. I'll try to get some pics this weekend and do a post on it. :)

BrocLuno
January 13, 2012, 07:39 PM
OK, Gunny - this has now gone from the odd cool gun to WAY too many (300?). You need to start sharing with the rest of the kollective :evil:

ercnjasmine
January 13, 2012, 08:42 PM
very nice, I have a clip fed 77 I acquired in a trade with my pops for a glenfield 60. It needs a new magazine and a refinishing, but it is a sweet shooting lil .22. Only thing I don't like about it that it doesn't have a bolt hold open, unless I've missed it.

rcmodel
January 13, 2012, 08:53 PM
The very last of them did have a bolt hold open button in the chamber area of the barrel.
http://www.gunauction.com/buy/10724198/rifles-for-sale/semi-auto-rifle/winchester-mod.-77-.22-semi-auto.-rifle-w-weaver-scope

But most of them didn't.

rc

natman
January 14, 2012, 05:58 AM
Quote:
They are notoriously hard to dissasemble,

I have never found that to be the case. They are actually one of the easier .22 autos to take completely apart there is.



Did you forget the part about having to remove the barrel from the receiver in order to access or clean the bolt? It's not severely difficult, but it certainly qualifies as "hard to disassemble" compared to most other 22s.

ercnjasmine
January 14, 2012, 12:58 PM
removing a pin to remove the barrel does not qualify as difficult to dissassemble in my book. It took me about 5 minutes to dissassemble for cleaning the first time I did it and there was no manual or drawing anywhere near

rcmodel
January 14, 2012, 05:07 PM
Did you forget the part about having to remove the barrel from the receiver in order to access or clean the bolt?No, I didn't forget it.

But two screws & one pin you can push out with a ball-point pin results in a pile of parts on the bench when you shake it.

rc

natman
January 15, 2012, 03:06 PM
No, I didn't forget it.

But two screws & one pin you can push out with a ball-point pin results in a pile of parts on the bench when you shake it.



It may be possible to remove yours with a ball point pen now, but when they're new the barrel pin is quite tight and takes some effort to remove. Sounds like it's been cleaned often enough that the barrel comes loose from the receiver pretty easily on yours too. Not so when they are new. Having barrel to receiver fit degraded by routine cleaning is not a good thing, especially on a semiauto 22 that requires it frequently.

I've got a couple of 77s and I think the clip fed model is one of the best looking 22s ever built, but the take down procedure is not well thought out.

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