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Hello to all from Big Larry
December 30, 2014
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Come on guys. Lets get this new Forum going. I know there are many of you that really enjoy collecting Winchester 22's as I do. I currently have about 30 Winchester 22's in my small collection and I will be adding more as time goes by. I have a certain expertise in M52,s and a little in others. I am here to share info and to be of as much help as possible. Thank you. Big LarryWinkWinkWinkWinkWink

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December 31, 2014
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Hey Big Larry, since this is a new thread be sure to nip it in the bud that no X's allowed in the serial numbers. He, He, He.     RRM

December 31, 2014
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Yeah. I doubt the Gun Police care about 70 year old rifles. Complete serial numbers make for better research. Thanks for joining in. Big LarryCoolCoolCoolCoolCool

December 31, 2014
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thanks for starting this Larry. I enjoy the Winchester .22 slide actions, and always try to learn all I can.

December 31, 2014
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I will try to persuade some experts to get on this forum. Thanks, Big Larry

January 1, 2015
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Larry,

Thanks for starting this Forum section.

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January 1, 2015
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Lets make it a good one.   Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Big Larry

January 2, 2015
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Great idea Larry for this forum.  As some of you may know I am working on a research survey of the Model 61's and will welcome any new rifles into my work.  I currently have cataloged just a few over 2600 of these rifles and have little ways to go toward my goal of 4000 or so.  This work is meant to be an addition and refinement to that done years ago by Ned Schwing and certainly not an attempt to reinvent the wheel on these fine rifles.  If anyone has a rifle they would like to add into the effort please contact me via either PM or email.

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January 4, 2015
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I think it's great that somebody on this side of the internet want's to talk .22 cal. I think the rimfires get ignored in favor of the  lever guns. My interests lean heavily toward the slide action (mostly 1890's) with a few bolt action single shot models in the mix. I do have a few 1894 lever guns, but .22 rimfires have become my favorites because they are still somewhat affordable to collect and I can still take them out in the backyard and shoot them.

there will be pictures, right?

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January 4, 2015
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Funny how we are drawn to certain types of firearms . I grew up shooting a Cooey single shot .22 as a kid , then fascination of Winchester levers took over and didnt really think about .22's till the early 90's when a co-worker from England started getting some really fine BSA  Martini Internationals , and Anschutz 54 competition rifles sent over from England ,  Indoor Target shooting was a very common hobby , with clubs in most neighborhoods , and was encouraged by the determination to be ready for future Invasion , has given way to a much different lifestyle , leaving a glut of fabulous rifles selling cheap . I tried them and was hooked . The .22 rim-fire is amazingly accurate, and I often think of the unlikely innovation started about 150 years ago with the tiny 22 short propelled by black powder ! Unlikely because of the contrast between the new  predominant large capacity cartridges needed to propel the larger caliber bullets . Besides acquiring a few of the International target guns , I have a couple of the better Cooey singleshots with target sights and was pleasantly surprised with the accuracy obtained using subsonic target ammo. Cooey's were manufactured by a Subsidiary of Winchester plant located in Coburg Ontario. Not sure if you have this brand name in US. ?

 

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January 4, 2015
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Thanks. We have a great start to just about everyone's favorite, the Winchester 22. I have more to collect, but on a retired income it is hard for me to come up with the $$$ sometimes. I have a nice S&W collection but just cannot part with it to bolster my 22 collection, so I just take them as they come. I already have some of the scarcer models. Big Larry

January 4, 2015
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Rustyjack said

I think it's great that somebody on this side of the internet want's to talk .22 cal. I think the rimfires get ignored in favor of the  lever guns. My interests lean heavily toward the slide action (mostly 1890's) with a few bolt action single shot models in the mix. I do have a few 1894 lever guns, but .22 rimfires have become my favorites because they are still somewhat affordable to collect and I can still take them out in the backyard and shoot them.

there will be pictures, right?

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Nice picture!  Thanks for posting it up!

 

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January 24, 2015
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Hi Larry:

I still favor lever guns. I like them all but trappers are hands down my favorite.

January 25, 2015
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I have a Trapper M94-22 in 22 LR that is near and dear to my heart. Surprising how accurate a 16 1/2" bbl. rifle can be. I put a saddle ring and large loop lever on mine. Sweet little rifle. Thanks, Big Larry

February 23, 2015
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Big Larry said

I have a Trapper M94-22 in 22 LR that is near and dear to my heart. Surprising how accurate a 16 1/2" bbl. rifle can be. I put a saddle ring and large loop lever on mine. Sweet little rifle. Thanks, Big Larry

I recently rejoined the Winchester and Colt Collectors Associations after a mistaken hiatus with a focus on restoring British sports cars.  I, too, love the levers but the .22s are near and dear to my heart.  Growing up in the middle of Kansas, as a kid,  I shot jackrabbits, starting with a Stevens single shot, but graduated to a 62A.  I still have it and it is in excellent shape.  A testimony to the workmanship of Winchester.  Recently, I added a 62, a 61 in its original  box, 3 Model 63s, one mfg. in 1940 in its original box.  I also still have my father's Model 75.  I will send in the SN on the 61, but I am temporarily living in NYC and all my firearms are back in Houston.  Very pleased to run across this forum.  Bill N

February 23, 2015
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Bill,

It is great to have you back as a member.  Please be sure to check out all the new features on the WACA home page.  We have an e-copy archive of all the historical WACA Collector magazines, the Winchester serial number/DOM look-up tool, an improved (but still lots more to do) Winchester Model history list, etc.

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Larry 

Thank you for getting this started. I hadn't been over here for a while. Now I have a reason to join instead of just reading. I have a small grouping of Winchester single shot rifles with a few other shooters for day to day use.

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