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Shrapnel, Jan. 21, 2017 – Buffalo, Wyo – Estate auction – 27 Winchester Lever actions  and a couple of Colt revolvers- listed in South Dakota Auctions  – I can’t make it there, thought you might find something you like 

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Hello, I would like to introduce myself, my main interest is the Winchester Model 71. I have a lot to learn and I thought this would be the best place to start. I spoke to Bert Hartman and if everyone is as helpful and knowledgeable as he is then I think I came to the right place,..Gerry

 

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Hello Gerry,

Welcome to the WACA.

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 Hello and welcome to the site.

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Gerry,

  Welcome to the site.  I think that you will find every pleasant and very helpful.  

 

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Welcome, Gerry. Hope you’ll feel at home here. I’m a fan of the 71 and the 348 cartridge but quite honestly I enjoy working with every centerfire cartridge I’ve explored and may very well have fallen off the deep end with Winchester rimfires.

What draws you to the 71, Gerry? Is it the cartridge or the rugged and handsome 1886/71 action? Or something else? Both?

 

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Welcome Gerry,

You chose a great group of folks to hang out with here!

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TXGunNut said
Welcome, Gerry. Hope you’ll feel at home here. I’m a fan of the 71 and the 348 cartridge but quite honestly I enjoy working with every centerfire cartridge I’ve explored and may very well have fallen off the deep end with Winchester rimfires.

What draws you to the 71, Gerry? Is it the cartridge or the rugged and handsome 1886/71 action? Or something else? Both?

 

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Hi Mike, I was always a fan of the 71, the history, looks and the power of the 348, I’m fascinated by the craftsmanship of the prewar 71s

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Welcome! Hands down a great place to learn. Having said that, don’t  be shocked if that ‘ mostly interested in model 71’s,’ grows to’ mostly anything winchester’….. 

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Welcome Gerry,

You’ll learn a lot from the experts here.

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Welcome! Hands down a great place to learn. Having said that, don’t  be shocked if that ‘ mostly interested in model 71’s,’ grows to’ mostly anything winchester’…..   

Looks like you were absolutely correct, I’ve developed an interest in the Model 64, this could develop into a very expensive hobby!

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I’m in a small town 40min South of Denver, CO.  I joined mostly to find out more information on my father’s 1959 Model 70 .300 H&H Magnum.  I don’t hunt, so I’ve only taken it target shooting so far.  I put a Vortex scope on it and am working on getting it sighted in.  I also had the stock refinished and had a gunsmith go over it to clean it and verify it’s safe to shoot.  It’s a beautiful weapon!  I’d love to hear any stories or history about similar rifles!

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Hello to all Winchester collectors and admirers;

My  name is Joe Friday.  I’m in Greenville, NC.  I grew up shooting Winchester shotguns and rifles–they’ve always had a special place in my heart for their craftsmanship and beauty.   I inherited 2 Winchesters:  a mid-60s Model 70 in .243, with a Weaver V9 scope, and a Centennial ’66 rifle.  I have acquired a pre-64 model 94 (1956 vintage), and 9422 XTR,  and just recently bought a 1964 model 100 in .308

thanks, and have a great day.

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Welcome, Joe! Enjoy!

 

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Hello to All on this Forum:

I have been a Winchester owner since 1967 when, at age 19, I bought a 1947 Model 70 .30 Govt. 06 Ser.# 68XXX from an older man who was a mason working where I had a summer job.  I had wanted a .30 06 and he offered me his for $350.  Back then, that was real money, but I didn’t appreciate what I had until later.  It came with an old scope with the reticles so fine you could barely see them, so I knew I had to replace that scope.  For years I hunted it with a Redfield 3×9 variable and used it for deer in PA, TX and Maine.  In 1969 I got a nice 10 point mule deer with it at what today is the Big Bend State Park, but back then was a private cattle and deer hunting ranch of 300,000 acres.   I also used it with 130gr. handholds for woodchucks here PA.  It was a 3/4 minute accuracy shooter if I did my part.  I stopped using it when I got busy with law school and a career then marriage so it lived in my closet for a while.

We were burgled in 1982 and the burglar got it.  I went out to see if I could replace it but there was nothing on the market exactly like it, so I settled for a brand new Winchester “Westerner” push-feed .270 See #G156xxxx.  At least the traditional stock looked similar to the 1947 model and it was accurate.  I hunted that rifle in PA., in TX and in CO with good results, but still pined for a “real” Model 70.  With the onset of computers and online markets for firearms, I was able to get a 1946 Model 70 .30 Govt. 06 Ser.# 53xxx (which cost a LOT more than the old one) and I am working it up for hunting in PA or CO.  I am debating whether to put a Leupold Vari XII 2×7 on it or a classic Weaver K4.

In the interim, I acquired a 1903 vintage Winchester 1895 in .35WCF ser# 41xxx.  This rifle had belonged to my grandfather who stored it in the “camping closet” on the third floor of his home.  He was not much of a hunter and it has good bluing, is is as tight as a brand new rifle with bright bore and sharp rifling.  Probably less than 100 rounds have been through it. I loaned it to a cousin in CO and he told me that with some some 220 gr Nosler handholds he shot an elk and it went right through him like a freight train, the elk dropped like he had been poleaxed.  I still have not had it to the range. This is definitely on my short term to do list. It has a Lyman peep sight on the side. 

That same cousin gave me his pre-64 .220 Swift Ser#425xxx with a 4 x 12 scope which I have yet to take to the range.  It is a beautiful rifle in near perfect condition.  If I can find somewhere with a surplus supply of woodchucks I will take it out.

I also picked up a 1953 vintage Eastern Style (no saddle ring) Model 1894 in .30 30 and it is a peach with near perfect blueing and a near pristine stock.  I don’t think more than a box or two of ammo has ever been through it.  I have fired it at 50 yards with good accuracy and plan to use it on deer this year in PA.

So I am hoping to learn more about these rifles, their history and use.  It is obvious that all the members of this forum are knowledgable and experienced, and I have no doubt I will pick up some gems of information.  

In addition to single malt scotch, my other interests are fly fishing for trout in PA and CO and for Atlantic salmon on the Miramichi and Restigouche Rivers in Canada.  I collect and fish with bamboo fly rods and have about 50 of them in various lengths and weights.  Like the rifles, they are satisfying just to look at and admire when the weather is lousy.  They all bring back memories and dreams of future good days.

Best wishes to all.

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Welcome Dave,  You’ll find a bunch of passionate Winchester guys(and maybe a gal or two)here on this site, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed your post

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That same cousin gave me his pre-64 .220 Swift Ser#425xxx with a 4 x 12 scope which I have yet to take to the range.  It is a beautiful rifle in near perfect condition.  If I can find somewhere with a surplus supply of woodchucks I will take it out. 

I fear you’re about 40 yrs too late, as that’s when the invasion of Eastern Coyotes (a distinct sub-species that interbred with eastern wolves in Canada beginning in the ’40s) began their invasion of New York through Ontario & Quebec.  Where ‘chucks had previously been so plentiful as to serve as “mile-markers” on the sides of most country roads, they’re now a rare sight anywhere in northern & central NY, because they didn’t co-evolve with coyotes–it’s the sad but common story of an invasive species decimating native species lacking instinctive defensive behavior, like the Burmese Pythons that are wiping out all small wildlife (even young ‘gators!) in south Florida.  I was, through the ’80s, a passionate ‘chuck hunter, but no more.   Maybe conditions are different in Pa., but I’d be surprised if coyotes haven’t had a similar impact there as well.

Anyway, excuse the pessimistic forecast, & welcome!

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Welcome Dave. A mountain of information from Winchester enthusiasts & experts to be found here on this forum.
Your favourite Atlantic Salmon fishing holes are less than 3 hrs from me. Good whitetail & Moose hunting there as well. Great snowmobiling destination if you’re into it. All groomed trails are open & operational.

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