My 69A, an early target model with aperture sight, no dovetail or holes for rear sight on the barrel. It's a nice small game getter.
A Winchester 69A was the first firearm I ever bought. I saved up money from odd jobs and bought a new one at a local sporting goods store in downtown Cincinnati. That was about 1957 or '58. I shot the heck out of that old rifle and dragged it everywhere with me. I still have it and it now wears a Leupold scope. The stock has been repaired/refinished a couple times and the blue touched up here and there but I still love it.
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With 22 rifles the only one I had for years was a Ruger 10-22. I had a couple of Remington Model 12 pump actions too.
But I'm left handed and always wanted a left hand 22. Had a T-Bolt with one magazine and it was okay.
One day while in Gander Mountain I spot a nice new Savage LH hand 22, bought it and a Bushnell scope. This is one nice rifle, very accurate and had the accu-trigger. Well my left eye went bad, which really s-word, so I decided to get a vintage 22 bolt gun, being left hand I could do most things right as it is a right handed world.
Local gun shop had a Winchester 69 that had a vintage Lyman scope on it mounted to the side of the receiver with a Mossberg mount. Nice little 22 but after consulting my Winchester book, the big one by Madis, I decided I wanted an improvement and got a 69A. My brother has a Model 72 with factory receiver sight, nothing more then a tube fed version of the 69A.
Model 69 & 69A.jpg
"I like Colts and will die that way"
Hey azshot, I see yours is stamped .22 S,L,or LR. Mine is stamped, .22 LRifle with no mention of short or longs. It feeds and shoots .22 Shorts marvelously, (CCI Target Shorts-around 820fps, about the same noise level as a pellet rifle-my head shot squirrel gun and ammo). Anyone know if the Target version was intended for Long Rifle ammo only so as not to get a carbon ring in the chamber?
Hi Krag, I do believe that is correct, .22 LR only is the Target model, which should have:
93A blade front sight
Winchester 80A rear peep sight
Heavier stock with 1 1/4" drop at heel, with clearance cut for 80A
Two 1 1/4" sling swivels
Barrel Roll Mark: "22 L. Rifle"
Six land and groove barrel
No rear barrel sight dovetail
Barrel Proof Mark in standard location, unless factory drilled for scope, thin offset
Last edited by azshot; 11-04-2019 at 11:37 AM.
You inspired me to go shoot my other one last evening. It's a rougher shape one I got at a show this summer, and put an old Noske scope on. I shot most of a box of .22s at some shotgun shells I stood up, and some larger targets. They are good full sized rifles.
Here is one of mine, factory scoped dual sight. The offset proofs prove it is an original factory scoped rifle.
The 69A is good enough to have deserved glass.
Wonder how the Winchester 69A compares with some of the current CZ .22 offerings in actual use? I've not used the CZs or some of the basic Anschutz .22 models, but the 69A comes off looking pretty good in cursory comparisons.