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    Got a Winchester 69A .22

    I couldn't pass this up today at a gun show. Very clean circa 1959 Winchester 69A with grooved receiver, barely looks fired. I passed up a 2nd Gen SAA, and a new production SAA still with the Colt grease to get this one. Had to pick just one, and saved some money.










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    Very nice old Winchester to take home. Really like how accurate those old 22s are. Enjoy it.
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    They are pretty nice sleepers, everyone is chasing the Win pumps right now, or the bigger Model 52s. I have several of these 69 and 69A models, and they're quite accurate. The last years were grooved for scopes, before that you had to drill them, which I'd never do.
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    Nice find. I have a couple 69's and a 69 Target (.22 LR only) and in my opinion they are some of the best shooting .22's I own, and I own way too many. As AZshot notes I think they are sleepers as well, given the accuracy and quality I am surprised at how reasonably they can be found.

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    Great Winchester .22!!
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    They are sleepers I agree and have several target ones and military trainers. They are very accurate and have lots of history and character.
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    I have one and really like it.
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    Good score !
    I grew up shooting a 69A with peep sight and a Rem 514 . These old 22 rifles are not a ton of money and great fun at the range .
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    Quote Originally Posted by guy sajer View Post
    Good score !
    I grew up shooting a 69A with peep sight and a Rem 514 . These old 22 rifles are not a ton of money and great fun at the range .
    Enjoy
    I put a vintage Redfield receiver sight on mine.
    I also have a Winchester M 77 Semi-Auto .22 that makes a 10-22 (which I like) feel like a brick.. This one has a vintage 22 scope on it.
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    I agree the .22s of the mid 20th century are great. My journey for quality .22 bolt guns started 20 years ago. When I was young, I mostly shot .22 pistols (Colt Frontier Scout) and .22 pumps and semi-autos.

    Then in my 40s I thought I wanted a very accurate bolt gun. Though I always used open sights, I thought I should try at least one scope. Everyone was buying CZ 452 rifles, so I got one too. Dealer price was about $280 if I recall. Got the giant Mueller scope everyone was hawking (cheap - chinese) but I never liked, too big. The CZ's accuracy knocked my socks off. But it wasn't American. Should I get a high end Kimber or Cooper? Nah...too much money, and I liked vintage too much to buy clones. The cheap scope, while good optically, pissed me off. I decided to just look for original .22s and scopes by American companies.


    Finally about 10 years ago I got a Winchester 52 with an Unertl scope. Wow! I could see the bullets flying out to the target, and getting groups all in one jagged hole. Love that rifle. Shot it in several matches. But what a tank, it must weigh 11 lbs!

    Then at a gun show in AZ I met John Marshall, author or 101 Classic Firearms. We were both looking at a pre-war Winchester 69. I was at the table first and bought it, he was nice enough to tell me it was a good one and that he was going to buy it if I didn't. I bought his book, and later found in the Forward that the 69 was the first gun he bought, as a boy, and one he always loved.

    I like that old 69, but thought I'd keep an eye out for the 69A with the faster lock. Then thought I'd like a grooved receiver to put a vintage scope on. Now, I guess I'm a collector! Also like early Mossberg bolt guns, they are quite accurate too. I'd shoot any of these in a match against a modern .22 bolt gun.

    Here is an earlier grooved 69A I have, with a 1930s Noske scope on it with a power booster.

    Last edited by azshot; 11-03-2019 at 06:46 AM.


 
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