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New-old .22's to buy

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HeadlandRam, Oct 5, 2008.

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  1. HeadlandRam

    HeadlandRam Member

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    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?
     
  2. mgkdrgn

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    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. ;-)
     
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    Remington 510, 511, 512 and 513's are excellent older rifles.
     
  4. 76shuvlinoff

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    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.
     
  5. Dookie

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    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.

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  6. Coal Dragger

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    Can't go wrong trying to find an older Winchester Model 52.
     
  7. HB

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    So true...
    I like old single shots, Stevens etc. A few old Winchester Pumps are always good as well.
     
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    I have a Western Auto in .22 mag, Purty and shoots like a dream.
     
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    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.
     
  10. rangerruck

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    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...
     
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    I like my old Winchester 290!
     
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    Is the 290 a semi or lever? I have the 190, and it is very accurate but the trigger is heavy as could be.

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Would have to aggree with the old Remington 500s. Have an old 512 sportsmaster and targetmaster 512. Both are excellent!
     
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    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 :)
     
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    How about a Remington 581 ??
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Remington 550-1 and Marlin 60

    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Try a Winchester Model 1906 on. Pump action, take down, and handy as all get-out.
     
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