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Winchester Self-Loading 22
February 19, 2016
11:31 pm
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I looked at one yesterday, and it was in good functioning shape, and not bad overall. They had 600.00 on it, but I could have probably bought it for 450.00. I just didn’t know enough about it. They said that it would only shoot a different type on Winchester 22 bullets?? I was under the impression that you couldn’t just load “any”.22 bullets in it. I’m not a big fan of .22 guns anyway.

February 19, 2016
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It was a model 1903. Take Winchester 22 auto cartridge. They are still available and easier to get than 22 wrf. It was Winchester’s first auto.

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February 20, 2016
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Thanks, Vince! Would this be a good addition to the collection for 450.00? I have a .401 self-loader, but finding ammo for it is almost impossible.

February 20, 2016
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Condition is king. If th condition meets your expectations, and you feel it is a good price go for it. I assume that you have researched what they have sold for recently in comparable condition. No one but you can say what you should pay. IMHO

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March 30, 2016
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I bought a 1903 a while back at an auction. I went on line and bought some 22 auto ammo and went to the range. The ammo would not feed and I realized it had been converted to  22lr. I loaded 4 rounds of 22lr pulled the trigger and it fired 4 rounds full auto. I tried 2 rounds same result. I took it home, broke it down and could find nothing wrong. Took it to a local gunsmith and he thought there might be a burr in the chamber that might be causing the problem. He reamed the chamber, test fired, same result. A little more reaming, same result. He was using ammo I provided so he switched to another, and it functioned correctly.  Best guess, soft brass that was igniting the primer on impact. I am on vacation now and don’t have the ammo in front of me but it was some type of Federal. So I have a fully auto 1903 with that ammo. Legal, I don’t know, but I did not modify it so who knows? It fires in breech so I believe it is safe.Smile

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March 30, 2016
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William Brown said

I bought a 1903 a while back at an auction. I went on line and bought some 22 auto ammo and went to the range. The ammo would not feed and I realized it had been converted to  22lr. I loaded 4 rounds of 22lr pulled the trigger and it fired 4 rounds full auto. I tried 2 rounds same result. I took it home, broke it down and could find nothing wrong. Took it to a local gunsmith and he thought there might be a burr in the chamber that might be causing the problem. He reamed the chamber, test fired, same result. A little more reaming, same result. He was using ammo I provided so he switched to another, and it functioned correctly.  Best guess, soft brass that was igniting the primer on impact. I am on vacation now and don’t have the ammo in front of me but it was some type of Federal. So I have a fully auto 1903 with that ammo. Legal, I don’t know, but I did not modify it so who knows? It fires in breech so I believe it is safe.Smile

Interesting to say the least.  I think you are OK with it as long as it will function normally with other brands of .22 LR ammo.  I would be tempted to go buy a healthy supply of the stuff that likes to make it function in full auto mode.  It would be a hoot to see if you could keep it on a tin can at 40-feet.

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March 31, 2016
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Bert,

Just got home from vacation and the ammo is Federal Auto Match and I have about  1200 rounds left.WinkI’ll take it out soon and see what does on a target. It does other brands normally.

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