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jyo 10-14-2012 9:19 PM

Soft spot for older 22s...
I find myself developing a soft spot for older 22s---over the years, I have bought a small but useful collection of elderly 22s.
A pre-warning Ruger 10-22 Deluxe Sporter---a very nice rifle---had Dean Wikerson perform a trigger job as the orig trigger was VERY stiff---added a Volquartsen auto bolt release and an 60s olive green canvas sling (from a UZI Model A---bought a bunch of these for $1.50 each back in the 80s). This rifle shoots way good and also accepts the Bulter Creek 25 rd mags I bought before the ban kicked-in.
A old Browning take-down 22 auto---Belgium made with whats called a "Wheel sight" rear sight. Another real good shooter---very slim and lightweight.
I picked up a Remington Nylon 66 in used but excellent shape---looked almost new to replace my earlier 66 that I had traded a pocketknife for way back when. I must have shot a couple of hundred thousand rounds thru that little dog, but one of my shooting buddies had to have it when he moved to Texas a few years back---his wife could shoot nothing else so I had to let him have it. The "new" one shoots even better---its my wife's favorite gun.
My older handguns include a 1969 Walther PP 22 that thinks it is a target pistol and a little Colt "Peacemaker" 22lr/22Mag that is just so much fun to shoot.
My go to 22 pistol is a mid 80s SIG P210-2 9mm that is fitted with their factory 22 conversion kit---I like this so much that it hasn't worn the 9mm top-end in decades---superb shooter!
I find myself shooting a lot more 22lr these last few years---cheap and relaxing.

DannyInSoCal 10-14-2012 9:21 PM

Yeah - I picked up a mag fed Winchester 77 - Great old shooter....

jyo 10-14-2012 9:41 PM

Yeah, I would buy a nice Colt Officers Model Match 22 if I find the right one---or a nice older S&W K-22. Another older revolver I have fond memories about is a H&R 999 9 shot 22 my neighbor had when I was a kid---not a high quality gun, but fun.

John Browning 10-14-2012 9:54 PM

It isn't a soft spot, it is superior taste!

I have had a lot of nice .22s come and go as I collect them. I had a NIB Winchester Model 62A that I sold because, well, it was NIB and I didn't have the haert to shoot it. I had a Remington N.R.A. 34 Target that was LNIB with the correct 1930s Unertl. GREAT trigger. Hell, even my WWII CMP Mossberg 44US will cut a ragged hole at 50 yards with open sights. Did you know that the 44US has a lead lapped barrel? To get that anymore, you have to go to a custom shop grade rifle from Remington.

Sadly I sold off a lot of my .22s to pay for other stuff. I still have a 1950 Marlin 39A Mountie, a first year 10/22, a 44US, and some others. The only modern .22s I like as much are the offerings from CZ and Anschutz. They don't make em like they used to!

jyo 10-15-2012 12:22 AM

Yeah, there is a group of guys in my shooting club that gather and shoot Mossberg CMP 22 target bolt rifles and occasionally you'll see an old Remington 22 bolt gun---they seem to have a lot of fun with these old relics---relics that still work as well as the day they were made...

89 Vision 10-15-2012 12:28 AM

I've got a Stevens/Springfield .22lr made in the late 30's or early 40's. Super smooth and super accurate it is very dependable. I hope it's a gun I can pass through the generations cuz I ain't selling it!

redcliff 10-15-2012 7:31 AM

I like my old .22 rifles a lot also; with the Winchester 63 perhaps being my favorite. They remind me of when I was 9 years old and shooting with my uncle and cousins out at their camp in upstate New York.

jyo 10-15-2012 7:29 PM

The older 22s just seem to have more "Soul" if you know what I mean---the modern tactical 22s are fun as well, but the old wood and steel guns still hold my attention. They don't/won't make 'em like that anymore...

Tank 57 10-15-2012 9:41 PM

I have more "old" .22s than anything else.If it's a nice one,I usually buy it.

Eat Dirt 10-15-2012 9:53 PM

For me it's the Old Mossbergs

M42 U S Property / M44 U S property

JTecalo 10-16-2012 11:47 AM

check out for info on some of these older rimfires. Here's mine 1939-42 Sears Ranger 101.16

Lifeon2whls 10-16-2012 12:25 PM

I have a really nice Western Field .22
A Marlin something or other lever action from the 50's with a scope a bull barrel
and a High Standard Supermatic Trophy

phish 10-16-2012 1:28 PM

52D and a 722 based 40X

I like the older stuff too :)

bobgengeskahn 10-16-2012 2:10 PM

I love my 1938 Remington 341P, and have been invaluable in helping me get it shooting clean and straight again.

jyo 10-16-2012 7:06 PM

You know, its not just the guns themselves, but a lot of older items such as leather slings, finely machined receiver sights (Lyman, Williams and others) that make older 22s so interesting. I also collect and trade 22 and other rimfire ammo boxes of all eras---colorful and fun.

Jet Setter 10-16-2012 7:29 PM

I agree. I always favour my 1975 Winchester 290. I am also trying to restore my 1972 Remington 582. Almost done but still in search for a stock. Granted, they are not as old as some, but, still nothing like what they make now. These have a better feel and weight that all the new models.

sarge1572 10-16-2012 7:31 PM

I have a couple of great old winchester and remington pumps. I think they called them "arcade guns" chambered for S, L, and LR

well made and fun to shoot.......... and pretty darned accurate

Thefeeder 10-16-2012 7:44 PM

Another fan of the older 22's.....especially with higher end wood.

snypr 10-16-2012 8:40 PM

^add me to the club.....
looks like ill be doing a resto on a Win model 60...

Spyder 10-16-2012 8:55 PM


Originally Posted by jyo (Post 9517705)
My go to 22 pistol is a mid 80s SIG P210-2 9mm that is fitted with their factory 22 conversion kit---I like this so much that it hasn't worn the 9mm top-end in decades---superb shooter!
I find myself shooting a lot more 22lr these last few years---cheap and relaxing.

Now how can you go and say something like that without giving us some drool inducing pictures?!!?

Grumpyoldretiredcop 10-16-2012 8:57 PM

I have a weakness for older .22s also. My Winchester 63 and Mossberg 152 are among the most accurate rimfires I've ever owned.

MyOdessa 10-16-2012 9:42 PM

Stevens 87A made in 1950, surprisingly accurate rifle. Taken apart for cleaning. :D

Swiftyjuan 10-16-2012 10:11 PM

I have 26 .22's many of them old. They are all favorites, but I was lucky enough to buy William Saroyan's Winchester .22 model 52 with the original Winchester scope on it; it still nails tacks at 50 yards. She's my favorite.

Flowmini98 10-16-2012 10:38 PM

I have an old mid 50s JC Higgins bolt action single shot .22, my dad got it brand new (for $22) when he was 10 years old and he gave it to me around the same age, and now my son is 12 and he uses it. It's so damn simple and so accurate even with the crappy little iron sights it's got.

finloq 10-17-2012 8:11 AM

Just got a Stevens 14 1/2. Posted earlier. I was surprised at how accurate this little falling block is. At 25 yards (seated, elbows as rest), the holes were touching.

big fancy 10-17-2012 8:52 AM

first gun i shot was a 1906 winchester .22

its my dads, he still has it. inherited from his dad i think.

still my favorite .22 ever!

CC Gunsmithing 10-17-2012 8:57 AM

Ancient meriden single shot rolling block trainer
winchester 1906 from 1914

jyo 10-17-2012 8:31 PM

I am talking to some of the guys on another thread here in the rimfire section under "22 day" about perhaps getting together for a 22 fun shoot here in the L.A. area when the weather cools a bit, maybe a Thursday afternoon (ranges tend to be crowded on weekends). Of course it would be fun to see those older 22s taken out for an airing.
Open to your thoughts.

timmytoast916 10-18-2012 7:34 AM

I inherited a nice old magazine-fed bolt action Mossberg that was a former US Government training rifle. It has the original rear peep sight and the flip up front sights and is still accurate as heck! It's a very fun rifle and I enjoy shooting it.

jyo 10-18-2012 11:58 AM

There's a lot of interest in these old Mossberg 22 military bolt rifles---they seem to work as well now as they did when brand new!

beerman 10-18-2012 6:55 PM

I too am a huge fan. I have thinned the herd in past years,offing my ruger 10/22,MKII target,M-44US (early w/lyman sights) Rem 550 and an old Model 41 S&W...Dont feel sorry...I am keeping the rest...Minty M44 US w/moss sights,H&R M-12 (US) , 2 more Model 41s, win M60 and finally...the Rem model 66 black chrome Apache I got as a kid.
Favorite to shoot is the M-44 and the long BBl 41

Jeepers 10-18-2012 7:09 PM

older the better my fav auto loader is my pre warning walnut stocked 10-22 i i got new for xmas when i was a kid.. and my pops old 511 scoremaster bolt gun is still the most accurate .22(and darn quiet with shorts/cb caps;)) i own and will be passed down to the kiddies someday ...

Ifticar 10-22-2012 12:40 AM

My first .22 pistol

Mac Attack 10-22-2012 4:31 AM

I enjoy shooting my old Marlin 81, Mossberg 44US and Colt Ace more than my modern .22's.

jyo 10-24-2012 12:49 PM

Hey guys, just so you know, I am in the market for a late production Colt Officers Model Match 22 6"---looking for a very nice example, but does not have to be mint as I will use it as a shooter. Let me know if you know where one is that needs a good home...

Furncliff 10-24-2012 1:15 PM

My oldest .22 is a Savage 29. It's a take down pump gun made in 1929. I bought it from my gunsmith about four years ago. I bought it because I like the octagon barrel and the natural balance it has. I've shot it off the bench to check the sights and test ammo. I'm constantly amazed at the accuracy and the reliability.

I have several rifles and handguns made in the 40's and 50's and although I'm always scratching the itch to see what the new stuff is like, I find myself shooting the old guns more.

M27 10-27-2012 10:36 PM

To the OP, you may enjoy this

Hi-Standard Military HD S# traces to 1942

it does need a little love though. It was starting to rust when I got it so I cleaned it up the best I could and now just keep it heavily oiled

I know it is not rim fire but I also have my great grandpas Remington 16ga side by side that is pre S#, my grandpa thinks it is from 1904 because that is when my family moved from Hawaii to Cali

Bowhunter_619 10-28-2012 2:14 PM

my glenfield model 20 is one of my most favorite and accurate rifles in the inventory. Got to love a rifle that shoots S, L, and LR.

bsg 10-29-2012 11:19 PM

i've never been a romanticist, but there is a bit of the sentimentalist in there.

thanks for hitting the spot.

jyo 11-02-2012 3:18 PM

I guess I'll have to get up some pictures of my favorite older 22s...

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