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Whatcha think about the Winchester 67?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ExpatGator, Dec 31, 2002.

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  1. ExpatGator

    ExpatGator Member

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    Good evening folks. I was trooping around with the wife and kids today. Hitting the antique shops and flea malls, looking for whatever. This is a family activity that we all enjoy.

    Well, I stumbled across an old Winchester 67 in decent shape. Bore is pristine, action clean, blueing a little rough with real light surface rust (I think I can remove all the rust), and the stock is a BEAUTIFUL piece of almost tiger-striped walnut. Without a doubt the prettiest factory stock I have ever seen. This fella has $135 on the tag but I could probably get him down to around $100.

    Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they decent shooters? Is it worth getting and cleaning up at his asking price in case he won't budge? Any help is appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. critter

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    I have one. First gun I ever owned-parents bought it for me almost 50 yrs ago. Great shooting guns. Great first gun for training kids-safe as a gun can be made. Single shot, bolt action and you still have to cock the striker. Absolutely fool proof safety.

    Mine is well used and still more accurate than I am. If you can get it for $100, JUMP on it. The listed price is about what I have seen at gun shows.

    Great to put those old guns back in service.
     
  3. cratz2

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    I'd jump on it for $100. I just love old bolt action 22s.

    Have a Remington 41P I'm looking at getting. I'm not usually one to get all historically romantic but just the idea of someone 50 years ago getting one and roaming around with it hunting (when kids could hunt with real guns) makes me enjoy them that much more.
     
  4. Gordon

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    The first rifle we all had in 50s.:)
     
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    67's were made from 34-63. @ 383,000 were made. U.S. production was not SN'd, however, those made for export were if requested. If the forearm doesn't have finger grooves, it was made after 1935. With the surface rust, I wouldn't go 135. 100 yes and even 110, but, no more. No telling what that surface rust is hiding or what's under the wood. Usual disclaimers apply.
     
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  6. ExpatGator

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    Thanks for the replies. Ain't this site great? It seems like there are at least 3 or 4 people who have knowledge or experience in regards to a question, and who are willing to take their time and answer politely.

    I don't remember seeing any serial #s. There are no finger grooves, so it is post '35. The rust is real light and mostly in the commonly handled areas (hand sweat), so hopefully it is not nasty under the wood.

    I think I will have to put in a couple of hours of OT this week and go ahead and get the rifle. It is squirrel and rabbit season and there are 5 of us and only two .22s in the family (a Rem nylon 66 and a Keystone Cricket). We also do a lot of .22 plinking (who does'nt) so it will have a welcome spot in our arsenal.
     
  7. thisaway

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    I already have two of these and my FFL dealer has a third one for me to pick up tomorrow. They are fantastic little rifles. My first one was the first rifle my dad gave me...22 years ago now.

    One in the condition you describe should be worth $100-$115. Make sure it will reliably extract cases from the chamber...I need to replace the extractor on my second one.
     
  8. fallingblock

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    As Gordon says...

    the first rifle we all had in the 50's...well, in my case 1960.
    They are a simple, rugged and accurate rifle.:)
     
  9. ExpatGator

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    I got it !

    The wife and I went and picked the little beauty up this afternoon. I thought about it all week, weighed the advice and comments from all sources and, as usual when it comes to firearms purchases, decided to get it.

    I am astounded at the quality of the walnut stock. I think I would still have bought it if it was a non-shooter, just to hang on the wall. I make really beautiful chairs for a living, mostly cherry but some walnut. This gunstock is every bit as fascinating to me as a well made and beautiful piece of furniture, and more functional than some furniture that I have seen. I can't wait to shoot it tomorrow.

    Oh yeah, the owner of the gun and I agreed that it was worth $110 and I was happy to get it for that.
     
  10. okeydoke

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    yes, many of those dark, stained or painted

    old .22's have gorgeous grain under all that crud. My M67 was my first rifle, and when I later scoped it and tried Eley 10x ammo in it, it grouped 1/4" at 50 yds. Unfortunately, before I discovered that, I'd already given it to my nephew.
     
  11. ExpatGator

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    WHOOOHOOOO!

    It was snowing like, well you know what, all day. I waited and waited for it to lighten up so I could go out back and try her out. Got tired of waiting so I opened the bathroom window upstairs and shot at a fence post out back. Post is about 35 yards from said window. I fired ten shots. Could only see eight hits with my binos, but after trudging out there while shoveling out I saw all ten hits on post, and all higher than aim point. Guess a rear sight adjustment is in order. Other than that she was flawless.
     
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    For removing rust and protecting the finish, I've really grown fond of GunBrite by Iosso. Our local Wal-Mart carries it for less than five bucks. Comes in a toothpaste tube and works wonders.
     
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    Winchester 67a is My Favorite 22

    There are two things which set the model 67 apart from all other older 22s.
    1. The trigger spring and the hammer spring are two seperate springs.The trigger spring consist of a simple leaf spring which can be adjusted by altaring the shape slightly to allow you to lighten the trigger to 2 pounds or less. On almost all other older 22s the only way to lighten the trigger pull is to reduce the lenth of the hammer spring which most often does not allow the hammer to hit the firing pin with enough force thus causing misfires to occur. 2. The 27 inch barrel is one of the most accurate barrels ever made and it also set the sights far enough apart they are more easily to focus. Shooting off hand competition the Winchester 67-67a is in my opion is really hard to beat!
     
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    Just wanted to add a "me too".

    My 67a is in the closet. It was given to my brother and I at Christmas when I was 6 years old. That was... let's see... where's that calculator... 1967.
     
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    Winchester Model 67A .22 caliber

    My first rifle upon completion of the 5th grade.:D WoW wish I had it back~:(
     
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    if i remember right, the 67 was made by winny because of their more expensive target line was so good, but more people couldn't afford them. so they took at all the fluff and frills, and came up with this.
     
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    In the late 70's I paid thirty bucks for one that was in tremendous shape except for a chip at the toe of the stock. I took it to a gunsmith friend who shortened the stock, cut and crowned the barrel to 16 1/4 drilled and tapped it for a Weaver 4X scope and mount. Along with a brick of ammo it made a tremendous gift for my son's seventh birthday....He has it still. Essex
     
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    Got mine as a Christmas gift from my parents in 1957 when I was fourteen years young.It is the one gun I have that is not for sale or trade. Although it is in excellent shape, I no doubt ruined any collector's value years ago when I had sling swivels and a Williams Guide sight installed. No matter, it's destined for my oldest grandson when he becomes "of age".
    My Model 67 probably cost my dad no more than twenty dollars when it was new and it came with a genuine black walnut stock and a very accurate 27" barrel.However, like thisaway noted (on New Years Day in 2003!), I did have to have an extractor replaced.
     
  20. latheman

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    winchester model 67

    looking for a bolt for a Winchester 22 cal model 67 can anyone help?
     
  21. Janos Dracwlya

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    Latheman,

    I was going to suggest you check Numrich Gun Parts, but I took a peek and they are out. I'm sure someone else will chime in with another source.

    I have one of these that I inherited from my grandfather in 2003. Mine is one of the early ones with the finger groove. The bluing has turned brown and a bit of the nickel is gone from the bolt. The finish on the wood has cracked a bit. The only thing I've done is clean it and add sling swivels. Someday I may refinish it. It's a good shooter, though.
     
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    Winchester 67

    My brother gave me one of these rifles 2 years ago for Christmas.He found it @ a gun show and had the barrel re-blued and mounted a Bushnell scope on it and I just had it out today plinking in the blue ridge mountains.He told me he was able to get one inch groupings at 100 yards and I have to believe him as I was able to knock the lids off plastic car oil bottles @ fifty yards without difficulty.This is a very accurate and smooth firing weapon.I will be out in the woods this squirrel season!;)
     
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    Winchester 67A - Oldie but goodie!

    I still have the Winchester 67A that my dad gave me for Christmas in 1954, when I was 10 years old. It's been a companion for 56 years now!

    It's still in good shape and very accurate. It's more accurate than my old eyes at age 66!

    I expect that I'll pass it on to one of my sons or grandchildren!

    Charlie
     
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    As you can see in my earlier post, we both got Model 67s for Christmas in the 1950s. It's the one gun I won't part with until they lower me deep into God's green earth. And, welcome to THR Charlie44!
     
  25. double bogey

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    Bought one in the 70's for $15.00. Bought a 68 at the gun show today for $100.00. (same as the 67 but with peep sights) The 68 has rust on the barrel but near perfect wood. I'll add pics tomorrow.
     
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