You guys have seen it before...Winchester 69-A.
Here is my favorite 22 - S&W 1st model 3rd issue. 22 short.
Need a better picture of my Police Positive Target.
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This one's fun. I have a soft spot for the old Remington "500 series" bolt-actions which were made from 1939 to well into the 1960s. Trash 'n treasures "500 series" .22s live here.
This one languished in the back of the safe, unloved even by me. It was picked up for cheap, mostly because it's a late enough variant to have the grooved receiver for easy scope mounting. It has a fine bore and cursory test at the range found it to be more than acceptably accurate with its open sights. It's got the best trigger I've ever seen on one of these models (probably from being nearly worn out). With all the .22 rifles on hand I yet don't have a decent scoped .22 rifle in the bunch and I'd thought to put a scope on this one.
I dragged it out back in August when it was really hot and worked the stock over, using the sun to help the oil finish to soak in.
Metal surfaces are muddy brown with spotting. Stock was muddy brown too. It was so filthy with accumulated gunk and dirt that no wood grain or figure could be seen. The gunk was dried and crackly over much of the butt stock.
I wish I'd take a "before" photograph, but did take one after the initial scrubbing with mineral spirits began to uncover the true nature of the walnut. Here's what was discovered underneath the grime and a sequence of photographs showing the cleaning and rehab. I didn't even sand the stock which still features the factory sanding striations if one looks closely. Finely finished it'd be a real show piece, but for now successive coats of raw linseed oil will do. Now I wonder if I ought to have the rifle reblued or else find a really nice barreled action to place in the stock. I'll probably just leave it as is.
Initial discovery of the figure hiding beneath the crud. Its amazing that the factory just used such a highly figured stock on one of their plebeian .22 rifle models.
Prepared for finishing and heating in the sun as it rises in the sky that morning. Didn't require a lot of prep work. The scratch seen on the butt stock in the photograph above had only scratched the gunk, not even getting through to the wood surface.
By 11:00 that morning it was nearly 100F. The sheet iron awnings of the chicken run provided an extra measure of heat.
As mentioned the steel surfaces are not a pretty sight. Still, pretty is as pretty does. The rifle was produced in February of 1955 according to its "LB" Remington date code.
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This HDM has a unsavory history. My friend was a deputy in colorado about the 1960`s. There was a murder at a filling station. He was nearby and caught the guy but they at first couldnt find the gun. He went back and got a ladder and found the gun on the roof.
After the trial the judge gave him the gun. I traded him out of it and later found these old used carved ivory grips and put them on.
Later the gun was stolen from my house by a painter who was helping his dad paint the inside of my house who evidently sold it to a felon on parole and I recovered it. I am proud of these grips. A mountain lion on a limb on one side and a flying goose on the other.
I've got a # 4 rolling block.