View Full Version : New Member, 1st Post, Winchester '74 .22LR

M. Crane
01-07-2011, 12:34 PM
Hey, hello, glad to be here.

Brief comment: After a lot of Internet research, I "pulled the trigger" on a '52 Winchester Model '74, 22LR.

Now, I had seen a lot of negative comments about this gun, but went ahead anyway.

Put 150 rounds of 3 different brands of ammo through it (Winchester Super X, Remington, and Blazer.

Result? 1 (one) jam out of 150 rounds. One. 3 different brands.

I had also read that if you dry-fire it, the pin breaks. BS!

It's got a period-correct Weaver scope, which is dead on. I couldn't miss at 100 yards... and I'm not that great a shot.

Take what you read on the web with a grain of salt. A BIG grain of salt.

Best Rgards to You All,

01-07-2011, 12:45 PM
Welcome to the forum Martin.

01-07-2011, 1:09 PM

now post a photo!

SoCal Bob
01-07-2011, 1:16 PM
Hi Martin, welcome to Calguns. You can't beat a .22 for fun.

01-07-2011, 1:43 PM
Welcome Martin!!! Pics or it didn't happen. haha J/K

01-07-2011, 1:56 PM

M. Crane
01-07-2011, 2:04 PM
Here ya' go.




01-07-2011, 2:45 PM
Nice , I dig the scope. And welcome to the party.

01-07-2011, 2:46 PM
Here ya' go.




Welcome to the forum and a nice set up with the rifle and period scope. Lot of nice folks here in the Rimfire section. Now check out the January Rimfire match in Rimfire section and get to shootin'. Just an informal match with specific targets, download the targets (PDF), print, shoot at your range of choice and post a pic of your targets in the January match thread. 1st prize is braggin rights.:taz::taz::taz:

PS: Its pretty darn competitive

01-07-2011, 2:49 PM
Welcome and A+ for hitting the right forum on your first thread! :D

pennys dad
01-07-2011, 2:50 PM
Wow, that is an oldie but goodie scope! Nice rifle and welcome to the farm

01-07-2011, 3:18 PM
Welcome to the forum Martin!

That scope mount would fit a rail smaller than 3/8 right?

M. Crane
01-07-2011, 8:27 PM

Mssr. Eleganté
01-07-2011, 11:20 PM
Nice! I have a Model 74 without a scope, but haven't shot it very much yet.

A bigger problem to worry about with dry firing a rimfire firearm is the firing pin peening the edge of the chamber face. Ruger rimfires have a firing pin stop in the bolt to prevent this from happening, but older designs don't. The previous owner of my Winchester Model 75 bolt action had dry fired it so much that it wouldn't even chamber a round anymore because metal from the chamber face had been pushed into the chamber.

M. Crane
01-08-2011, 7:21 AM
Thanks for the welcomes and the replies. I appreciate every one.
I think I'm gonna like it here...

01-08-2011, 7:59 AM
Welcome to the forum. Nice old school.

01-08-2011, 8:11 AM
nice plinker

M. Crane
01-08-2011, 9:34 AM
An interesting thing about this gun is that it was used as a sniper rifle by the British during WWII. Fitted with scope and silencer.

01-08-2011, 9:37 PM
I've got a couple of these one is 22 short only (no there won't be pictures as they are both buried deep in the safe) very interesting rifles to take apart and reassemble, don't go to far and watch out for small springs.