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Merry Christmas New Guy Here - Tring to Date my 1904 22 Rufle
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December 25, 2021 - 9:24 pm

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Merry Christmas All! Just got my 22 back from the gun shop and asked them to help clean off the rust. This was passed down to me and I would love to see how old it is? Does the 1904 Model mean it was made that long ago? Where can I find the serial number? God Bless.[Image Can Not Be Found, says MOD 1904

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December 26, 2021 - 4:02 am

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Hello Dave,

The Model 1904 Bolt-action single shot .22 rim fire rifle was introduced in July 1904. Winchester did not serialize this model.

They were marked Model “1904” on the barrel until the Spring of the year 1919, when Winchester shortened the designation to “04”. If your rifle is marked and chambered for “22 Short and Long”, it was manufactured before 1914. In the year 1914, the chamber was altered to also except 22 Extra Long (and the barrel marked accordingly). Production of the Model 1904/04 ended in 1931.

Bert

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December 26, 2021 - 3:18 pm

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WOW, Thanks Bert. It looks stainless or matt finish, maybe it had the blue removed. I will try to upload a few pics if I can figure it out. God Bless and God Bless those who protect us.

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December 26, 2021 - 4:04 pm

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https://photos.app.goo.gl/QNQCZht9nskJpxJf7

 

Here are a few photos Bert. Didn’t know if this blueing was removed or it came that way from Winchester.

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December 26, 2021 - 4:18 pm

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Dave Krikac said
 Didn’t know if this blueing was removed or it came that way from Winchester.  

Yours has been stripped.

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December 26, 2021 - 4:20 pm

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Hi Dave,

The information from Bert is correct, your rifle was made between 1914-1919 and is a Model G0402R since it does not have the 40A rear sight of the G0401R.

The bluing has been removed from your rifle.  Winchester did offer a stainless steel barrel option for the models 1902 and 1904 but it was well after the production of your rifle and the barrels were marked “Stainless Steel”.

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WACA Life Member #6284 - Specializing in Pre-64 Winchester .22 Rimfire

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December 26, 2021 - 4:46 pm

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THANKS JWA, Happy New Year. I am NOT selling it so the value does not matter to me that much. 

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December 26, 2021 - 4:56 pm

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Dave Krikac said
THANKS JWA, Happy New Year. I am NOT selling it so the value does not matter to me that much.   

Happy New Year to you also and welcome to the WACA forum!

They are fun to shoot and are surprisingly accurate for a boy’s single shot rifle and it is always neat to plink with a 100+ year old rifle.

Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Best Regards,

Jeff

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December 26, 2021 - 6:09 pm

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JWA said

They are fun to shoot and are surprisingly accurate for a boy’s single shot rifle and it is always neat to plink with a 100+ year old rifle.

 

Out of all the SS bolt models, the only one I’ve thought seriously about acquiring is the 1904, due entirely to its archaic styling.  But I’d want it to shoot, not admire in a gun rack, so the thought of contorting my arms to fit the short stock has always held me back.  I’ve got several other boy’s rifles, like Stevens Favorites, but I rarely shoot them for the same reason.

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