Winchester model 72


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scott5
October 11, 2012, 02:12 AM
Hello all,
Several of use went out to shoot on BLM land Sunday, and one of the guys had a Winchester model 72 .22LR.
I know they were made in the 40s for only a few years, and this one has a 3# trigger, but who has one and can you tell me anything more about them?

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azgsmith
October 11, 2012, 02:21 AM
I have had a model 72 bolt action since I was 14 yrs old and still shoot it today(35 yrs later), It is one of the best made bolt action .22's Winchester ever made. I have worked on hundreds of old .....22's but the model 72 is well made and I have only seen a few of the 72A models for repair. My guess is they were too expensive to make.

Danny Creasy
October 12, 2012, 01:32 AM
It has the chromed (or is it nickeled) bolt handle, trigger, and trigger guard and a grooved receiver for tip-off scope rings. I mounted an old steel tube Weaver K3 on it in Weaver rings.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f169/sheffieldshootr/Winchester72A-2tif.jpg

scott5
October 12, 2012, 02:53 AM
OK,
Thanks guys.
This one doesn't look nearly that good as it needs the stock redone and to be re-blued, has no way to put a scope on it, and the front sight is too low.

Danny Creasy
October 12, 2012, 09:30 AM
My 72's original Winchester stock finish was deteriorating to the point of simply scraping off with my thumbnail. I hated to damage the collector value by refinishing but the situation was simply too bad. So, I refinished the stock with TruOil and now have a beautiful and durable stock finish. It has over half a dozen coats of the oil finish on it.

The rifle is quite accurate and it has never failed to feed. It will shoot half inch to three quarter inch five shot groups at 50 yards with Aguila Standard Velocity.

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