November 7, 2015
Took my 69A to the range today, it and my 57 were on top of the pile. Seems all my "shooters" have different sight setups so I fired one shot to determine which "hold" to use. Next four shots seemed to be headed for the same spot so I took a deep breath and fired a fifth shot as I don't think any fewer shots make a credible group. I know ten shots are a better measure but I'm not a good enough shooter to make ten good, consecutive shots. My luck held. Target to the right is my normal performance with this rifle, seems I was wrong about this being a one inch rifle at 50 yards.
June 5, 2015
I have been totally amazed by the performance of some 69a's. I think they, Winchester that is, were too. And that's why they came out with the Match and Target models. But what do I know, after all there's no book on them to be referenced. Wink, wink.
Actually my 69a shoots as well as my Match rifle. But the match is easier to shoot well.
Fraternal Order of Eagles
September 28, 2016
Don't lose faith in the inch mark......... Try a half dozen or so different types of ammo. If that doesn't seem to help try playing with the torque on your action screws. I've found with rimfires they don't need to be cranked down nearly as much as centerfires. I have a 52 that was giving me fits. tried all the above and still couldn't get it to shoot. Turned out I didn't have enough tension on the rebound spring for the scope. (Unertyl) The scope wasn't returning fully and causing vertical stringing. I was close to rebarreling the rifle and it turned out to be something so simple. The rifle went from 1" groups to a ragged hole @ 50 yards. That rifle prefers Wolf match ammo over 5-6 other match ammo's I tried in it. Norma came in second. Check the crown for any nicks dings or other imperfections. Hope you can get it sorted out, nothing more pleasing than a really good shooting rimfire.
November 7, 2015
I had no idea, Vince. I dug this 69A out because it has peep sights and it's also not so minty that it will hurt to shoot it a fair bit. My favorite shooter is lost in a corner of my 'smith's shop awaiting a trigger job so this gun and my 57 go to the range these days. I checked my target after three rounds into that group and thought it was a fluke. Fourth and fifth rounds were a bit of a shock but I had enough sense to switch targets before I made a mess of it.
Thanks, Erin. I can assure you it's not the arrow, it's the Indian, 😉 The group on the right was just goofing around with Norma Tac. My eyes tire quickly using a peep sight. My old Winchester .22's all seem to like the Norma Tac or Norma Match but I'm not a good enough shooter to take advantage of the small difference. I tried Wolf Match in my 75 but it didn't like it, haven't tried it in others. I've tried and gotten promising results from CCI Standard Velocity -I believe it was Big Larry that told me about it.
I feel pretty sure most of the old Winchester .22's with good bores are capable of inch or better groups at 50 yards with good ammo. Only problem is I'm generally capable of 1.5 unless I'm having a really good day, like I apparently was yesterday.
My 75 should be back from my 'smith soon. It was capable of half inch groups with a 4#+ trigger, should be fun to see what it can do if the loose nut behind the butt does his part.
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