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Winchester 1899 .22 Long Rifle...HELP
January 4, 2014
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I recently inherited a 1899 Winchester. 22 Long rifle from my pops when he passed. I've found some info online but was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this model? All info is welcome. Its the perfect size for both my daughters (6 & 9) to shoot no problem so it is used regularly. I heard somewhere that is was some sort of "youth promotional" rifle but not sure if there's any truth to that. Below is a link to the picture album. Thanks in advance!

http://s719.photobucket.com/user/oldmillauto/library/Winchester%2022%5D WINCHESTER .22 ALBUM

January 4, 2014
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You have a model 1902 made sometime after 1919 from the way it is marked. Value varys wildly based on condition completed auctions on Gun Broker for an 02 run from $115.00 to $600.00 for an exceptional example.

if you go to a little effort you can read the 1920 catalog page that details the model 02 in this Gun broker auction for the catalog

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=385602190

January 4, 2014
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Why is the barrel dated August 29th, 1899?

January 4, 2014
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AWESOMECOOLTART said
Why is the barrel dated August 29th, 1899?

That is the Patent date (assigned to John M. Browning). The Models 1900, 1902, 1904, and Thumb trigger) all shared the same patent date. Winchester routinely stamped the Patent date(s) on the barrels.

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January 4, 2014
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Ahhh I see. Makes sense. Thanks for the info guys!

January 5, 2014
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Do these particular rifles not have serial numbers? If so where would it be located? Thanks!

January 5, 2014
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The Models 1900, 1902, 1904, Thumb Trigger, and a fair number of later models did not have serial numbers. It was not until the GCA of 1968 was enacted that serial numbers were a mandatory item on all firearms.

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January 5, 2014
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Hi
If you go to the rimfirecentral winchester forum and post those pictures you will get a great response
The M. 02 is a handy little rifle that is great for kids, I carried one during my ranch days for vermin control because it was so handy

January 5, 2014
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Thanks Bert!

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Hi
If you go to the rimfirecentral winchester forum and post those pictures you will get a great response
The M. 02 is a handy little rifle that is great for kids, I carried one during my ranch days for vermin control because it was so handy

Ray funny you say that, I just registered for RimfireCentral today. Thanks for the heads up!

January 5, 2014
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This past week, a friend showed me a similar rifle with a bulged chamber, caused by shooting one (yep, only one) of the ultra high-speed Long Rifle cartridges. The 02 and similar rifles were built to handle rimfire cartridges with copper cases and black-powder pressures. Please stick to standard velocity LR cartridges or Shorts.

January 6, 2014
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I'd have to see that. A rim fire chamber has a lot of meat on it.
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January 6, 2014
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Mark W. said
You have a model 1902 made sometime after 1919 from the way it is marked. Value varys wildly based on condition completed auctions on Gun Broker for an 02 run from $115.00 to $600.00 for an exceptional example.

if you go to a little effort you can read the 1920 catalog page that details the model 02 in this Gun broker auction for the catalog

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=385602190

I've been looking at that link your provided. It looks like it's actually the Model 04 not 02. If you look closely at the pics I provided it is a spitting image of the Model 04.

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Well the barrel clearly says M.02 but the stock is a M.04
The stocks of the single shot .22s Winchesters can be swapped right up to a Model 60

Here are some
Model 04, M.1904 , a M.1902 and a M.99 (thumb trigger)

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January 7, 2014
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Ray said
Well the barrel clearly says M.02 but the stock is a M.04
The stocks of the single shot .22s Winchesters can be swapped right up to a Model 60

Here are some
Model 04, M.1904 , a M.1902 and a M.99 (thumb trigger)

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Yes I see what you mean. Thanks Ray!

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