Old 22 Rim Fires

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  1. toivo

    toivo Member

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    Thanks! Yes, it is -- a Model 12. I was very lucky to find it. Actually, it sort of found me.
     
  2. Rembrandt

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    In the 1980's I walked into a gun shop looking for a quality target .22 rim fire. Not really knowing what to look for, the counter person handed me the Winchester 52 shown directly below. Opening the bolt just oozed a sense of precision workmanship and quality. Still didn't know what was in my hands, only that it was special. After research and further study it became apparent one sample would not be enough. That began the journey into collecting Winchester 52's. A gun writer once wrote "There are .22's......then there's the 52's"

    1936 Winchester 52 Speed Lock
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    1948 Winchester 52B Sporter
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    Al Freeland equipped 52
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  3. I6turbo

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    Ditto!

    My oldest .22 is also a gun that my Dad bought, this one after he got of the Navy in the very early '50s. Come to think of it, I don't know if he bought it new, or slightly used, but it's a 1950 model Remington 121. I shot it quite a bit growing up but it as did my brothers. It's in amazing cosmetic condition but has something broken about the lifting mechanism (assume one of my younger brothers messed it up or otherwise it just broke somehow). I just brought it home with me a couple years ago and keep intending to look into fixing it, but never have. A old gun, though!

    Beautiful 52s, Rembrandt! I really love that Sporter in the 2nd photo.
     
  4. Dr.Rob

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    Those Microgroove Marlin 60 rifles are amazingly accurate, that's one reason.
     
  5. kitsapshooter

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    I had Remington model 33 made in 1935. amazingly accurate. My dad bought it as a project gun. but never finished it, took a year to find and fit the new stock. Amazingly popular with young ladies at fun day shoots. I sold to a fellow who wanted a 22. Word of advise, NEVER, EVER sell your old 22's.
     
  6. ColtPythonElite

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    I love my Remington Model 37's. They only made 12k and haven't made them since 1955 or so. Finding a nice one is a rarity....Ain't nothing wrong with my Remington 40x's either.
     
  7. DM~

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    My "go to gun" shoots rim fires and it's fairly old, having been made in 1935,

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    I hunt with it all the time, I even carry it on my trap line sometimes, because you never know what you might see and the rim fire is very handy to keep noise down,

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    Lot's of nice rim fires in this thread!

    SR
     
  8. Driftwood Johnson

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    That is the most interesting Drilling I have ever seen. It looks like the top two barrels were originally shotgun barrels and one was adapted to shoot 22 Rimfire.

    Am I correct?

    What make is it?
     
  9. aarondhgraham

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    Here is my "current" favorite older gal,,,

    Here is my ES340B Mauser, single-shot .22 LR.

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    I was told on another forum that she dates to the late 1930's,,,
    All I know is she is as inherently accurate as any other rifle I own.

    When you pick her up you really want to don a pith helmet and go on safari. :eek:

    Aarond

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  10. stoky

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    Winchester Model 75, WW2 era training rifle:
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  11. mavracer

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    Something about a 22 rifle and a soda can that turns this 50 year old into a young boy an old 22 just enhances the feeling.
    I have a 1890 22 short that I got from my step-grandfather it had a broken stock so made the butt stock in shop class back in high school although I didn't know enough to get a crescent butt plate.
    I also have my first a 10/22 my dad bought me from David's when I was 11 or 12 still have the box with the $59.95 price tag. It now has a heavy barrel and a 6-18X scope and sits in a purple laminate Boyd's stock.
    Since then I've added quite a few classic 22s some old some not so old.
    I have a Marlin 39A dated to 1951, a Mossberg 44USd and the newer ones I have a Japanese Browning 22 auto, a Henry 22 Mag and a new Stevens Favorite.
     
  12. Dr.Rob

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    50 feet or 100 yards, my Marlin is one accurate little rifle.

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  13. Bull Nutria

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    I have a Rem Targetmaster model 41, made in 1937, a Stevens model 66C manufactured between 1931-35. I have a Rem auto 550-1, purchased in about 1963. I have 3 Remington model 572 pumps one is an older model and 2 of recent manufacture. also have 2 recent model Browning 22 SA-22s. I like the first Browning so much I bought another one. I also have a marlin bolt XT_22 in both 22LR and 22 Magnum.

    I do commercial trapping and prefer the Rem pumps and the Browning SA-22s. BTW my favorite ammo is CCI mini-mag HP.

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  14. joed

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    I'm amazed at some of the old guns in this thread. My oldest is the Springfield model 82 made by Stevens in the third post. From what I can find it dates back to early 30's.

    That one came from an ex-wifes father. After he died I found it in the basement in pieces. He had sanded the stock so I finished it off with a lot of coats of Polyurethane.
     
  15. hdwhit

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    Like my father before me, I learned to shoot using a Marlin 60.

    I guess the question is how old does the gun have to be to be "old". If a 35 year threshold is good enough, then my current .22 is an Armi Jager, AP-74 (an Italian Rimfire made to look like an AR).
     
  16. lastofthebreed

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    Love them old 22's. Marlin 39A, Remington 514, Winchester 67. Cupla others.
     
  17. DM~

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    It's a Krieghoff with Krieghoff slide in rim fire bbl... I have two for this drilling, and they go in and out easily, lock into place when installed, and always return to zero when put in...

    Accuracy is on par with any other decent made 22 rimfire...

    DM
     
  18. expat_alaska

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    My son-in-law has an old Rem 572 that I have never seen and he has not used it in years.

    They are supposed to visit us in a few weeks and I am going to try my best get him to bring it down here and get him to sell it to me.

    I don't know if it is a BDL or ADL, but I have always wanted one, and I am going to make him a deal he cannot refuse. An ADL would be fine refurbished a bit.

    We'll see...
     
  19. Edster12

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    Ok here's mine. This is a garage sale find. Savage Model 1903, manufactured in 1908.

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  20. The Bushmaster

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    Would a Marlin pre microgroove, pre serial number, Mod 81, 22" barrel qualify here.

    Shoots S, L & LR. I have no idea when it was manufactured. It also is a tack driver.
     
  21. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    I don't normally fall in love with photos of inanimate objects, but I'll make an exception for that fine specimen. :cool:

     
  22. joed

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    I don't see why not. These are all guns we shot in our younger days.
     
  23. agtman

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    Agree!

    It's really nice to see what sort of family history is associated with these old-school .22s. Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  24. Horsemany

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    Rembrandt should you ever feel compelled to sell the sporter please PM me. Thx
     
  25. Larry Ashcraft

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    I have at least a dozen old 22 rifles, I think they breed. :) I know I have enough to put one in front of each of my nine grandkids on our trips to Whittington.

    I have a couple that are special to me, in fact they are the first two guns I ever fired. One is a Stevens Springfield single shot given to my dad by my granddad on dad's 12th birthday, in 1939. Granddad bought it used. One winter night in 1951, mom and dad lived in a trailer and dad decided to refinish the stock on his rifle. He sanded it down and inlaid his and my mom's initials on the sides by the receiver. He inlaid a pair of dice into each side of the stock also. I got it after dad passed in 2008, I replaced the "repaired" firing pin and it's still a fine shooter!

    The other one is equally special to me. In the 1920s, my great grandpa must have had a good year in the cattle business because he ordered seven brand new Winchester 1890s (shorts only) from Sears, reportedly for $3.95 each, for his seven sons. I have the only one still working. It's a little rickety, but I still take it out once in a while for old times sake.

    I could post pictures, but there's really nothing special about either of these rifles, other than the "custom" work my dad performed on the single shot 65 years ago.
     
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