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The JC Higgins Model 31

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 1KPerDay, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member


  2. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Well-Known Member

    I have a J.C Higgins model 42, is that close enough?:D
  3. Bullet Bob

    Bullet Bob Well-Known Member

    I have a 31; can I be Vice-President of the club?
  4. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    You're in, Bob. You're in charge of the yearly banquet. :D

    BTW I assume you've cleaned the inside of the receiver... I recently cleaned mine for the first time (second-hand gun, and I haven't shot it in about 10 years because the last time I did the extractor decided to vacate the bolt). I had cleaned the barrel and action as well as I could without field stripping but I didn't have a manual and didn't want to break anything.

    Well, long story short, I have never seen more gunk, grit, sludge, and general funk as I found in the trigger group and action of my 31. Holy smokes.

    I tried Hoppe's, I tried a toothbrush, I tried q-tips, I tried scraping it out with a screwdriver, I tried brake cleaner:eek: ... I worked on it for about 2 hours in all until it was clean enough that I wasn't embarrassed to be associated with it.:D

    I still couldn't get all of the crud out of the receiver, partially because of the horrible design. Lots of little shelves, nooks and crannies in there... not to mention the back right of the receiver is completely open to the wooden stock!:scrutiny: I was dumbfounded by that design decision.

    Pity, because I personally find this rifle to be one of the more graceful designs in .22 semis. I love the triangular-cross-sectioned palm swell in the forend, and the thin (and fragile, I'm sure) wooden slats that extend to the rear of the receiver. It handles and balances beautifully for me, and I love the overall lines of the rifle.

    Now if I could only find the proper extractor... I'm not sure if mine is a single or double claw. I suspect the latter but I don't want to guess wrong and order the wrong part (which I've done three times for other guns).

    Also, am I right in my observation that the only serial numbers are INSIDE the receiver, on the top? That's the only place I've found any numbers...:uhoh:
  5. MustangHowie

    MustangHowie Well-Known Member

    I just picked up a model 31 the other day. Thought it looked like an interesting design. The spring for the retractable sling is broken but i will fix that. I went out and shot it and after about 10 rounds it quit working. Tore it apart and found that the sear spring gave out. Being a bit impatient and not wanting to have to find the part and then have to wait for it to be shipped I scounged around the house until I found something to fit. After a bit of fitting on a spring from a garage door opener I am back to running. What a shooter. Now to find parts for the sling.
  6. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Wow... you want to make a slide stop spring for my Browning Challenger out of a coat hanger or something? I haven't been able to get anything to work.:D :cool:
  7. MustangHowie

    MustangHowie Well-Known Member

    I don't know about the coat hanger thing, but I did fix my retactable sling by using a 12' tape measure. $1 at Harbor Frieght. Now maybe I will find an old Sears scope for it.
  8. Niner

    Niner Well-Known Member

    How about a J C Higgins 29

    This anything like the others mentioned. It is a .22 sold through Sears years ago.

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  9. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    That's the one... I can't remember the difference between the 29 and 31. Caliber, perhaps? The 31 will shoot high-vel short, long, and long rifle. And it came with a crappy scope, as I recall.
  10. MechAg94

    MechAg94 Well-Known Member

    Not sure what those numbers are, but I have a nice JC Higgins 12 gauge pump that I bought cheap and heavily used. It work great and shoots good.
  11. Niner

    Niner Well-Known Member

    The 29 will shoot long rifle only. Neat little rifle. I like the triangular thickness of the barrel stock grips which fits really good in the hand. Difficult to take down and give a good cleaning but not impossible.
  12. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    I agree. The stock feels really good in my hands. Takedown was okay... it was cleaning the inside of the receiver that was more difficult than most, due to all the ledges, nooks and crannies.

    I need to find an extractor for mine one of these years...
  13. BummerBob

    BummerBob New Member

    Anyone have a j c higgins model 31 receiver for sale?
  14. CBS220

    CBS220 Well-Known Member

    I have a 31. Learned to shoot on that thing.
  15. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Cool. Welcome to the club. Here's your membership badge and information packet.:D
  16. eng23ine

    eng23ine Well-Known Member

    I have a J.C. Higgins model 25, can i join? It belonged to my Grandpa, no telling how old it is.
  17. vzenmn

    vzenmn Well-Known Member

    Does a JC Higgins model 41 count?
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  18. Bullet Bob

    Bullet Bob Well-Known Member

    I have one, many cool elements. I disassembled it to try and take a picture of the trigger group for someone, and a day later found a pin on the floor of my junk, uh, gun room. Been afraid to shoot it ever since!
  19. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Take it apart again and see if there are any pins missing... if you didn't actually disassemble the trigger group there aren't many pins to lose.:)
  20. Il Duca

    Il Duca Well-Known Member

    I have a model 30 (think 31 without the retractable sling). Great rifle.

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