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A nice M1903 early rifle
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I have been looking for a nice M1903 to fill the last of two holes in my 22 collection. Found this nice specimen on Guns Intl. # 8493, 1st or 2nd year of production. Until yesterday, all I had found were junky beaters. Broken stocks, bad bores, refinished, and changed parts. Bought it right away. I am by no means a collector of minty guns, just nice ones that are 100% correct. Now comes my biggest quest, a M1873 in 22 cal. That will give me at least one of every model marked Winchester 22. What’s next?   Big Larry

 

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Very nice 1903. They are hard to come by in good shape.

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Very nice 1903. They are hard to come by in good shape.  

Yes, outside a $5,000 deluxe, this is by far the nicest one I have seen in a long time. I figured I had better jump on it before someone else did. Although obsolete, the ammo is readily available.   Thanks, Big Larry

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Very nice!  I assume there are no WP proofs on the barrel or receiver?

How is the bore?  The .22 auto was hard on bores.

Glad you finally filled that niche.

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JWA said
Very nice!  I assume there are no WP proofs on the barrel or receiver?

How is the bore?  The .22 auto was hard on bores.

Glad you finally filled that niche.

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No proofs.   Bore is bright and shiny with no corrosion . I like it a lot. Now, for some ammo.   Thanks, Big Larry

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Perfect – sounds like you got a winner!

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That will give me at least one of every model marked Winchester 22. What’s next?   Big Larry

 

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Well, since you asked, start with a Model 1885 in each of the various .22 rim fire cartridges (e.g. 22 Short, 22 Long, 22 Long Rifle, 22 WRF, etc.), then move on to the Model 1890 and do the same.  If you need more help, let me know… I have been aiding and abetting out mutual friend Jeff spend all of his hard earned $$$ on new Winchester .22 rifles.

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Thanks Bert, but it is getting a little expensive for this retired Teamster truck driver. I have a very special M1885 in 22 short with many factory options. I don’t want to get started on all the different types of 22’s. I mean like the M677 or M696, you know, the scoped varieties. The A’s , with the exception of the M52 series. Some are “A”s and some aren’t. I have to stop somewhere as I too collect Smith and Wessons, and Winchester lever guns. Not enough $$$ for all of them. I just buy what I like.     Big Larry

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