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Old 11-19-2012, 10:03 PM
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Default JC Higgins mod 29/ hi standard tube fed .22

So I am looking at picking up an old tube fed .22 semi auto. It's a Sears Jc Higgins model 29 which is a Hi Standard rebrand . Gonna meet him at the range to check it out and am quite honestly not sure where to start as far as systems checks on a tube fed.(we will be at a range so shooting it obviously)...His grandpa left it to him and he has never shot it. I can't find much on this gun or even type...
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:04 PM
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My jc Higgins shotgun was sweet
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So, I am meeting the seller at the range next week, and am wondering if anybody has any tips regarding tube fed semi auto .22s.... Troubleshooting, possible issues to look for, intricacies exclusive to this type? Thanks! I am hoping to get my 10 year old daughter shooting soon
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So, I am meeting the seller at the range next week, and am wondering if anybody has any tips regarding tube fed semi auto .22s.... Troubleshooting, possible issues to look for, intricacies exclusive to this type? Thanks! I am hoping to get my 10 year old daughter shooting soon
Tube fed or magazine fed doesn't make much difference when it comes to functionality. If you are going to shoot it before you buy it then watch to see that it loads, fires, cycles, ejects and reloads properly. No jams, misfeeds, failure to load or stovepipes. Next is the accuracy of the rifle. I would suggest shooting at 50yds and see how 5 shots will group at that distance. Iron sights 1-2 inches, scoped 3/4-1 inch and you got yourself a shooter. Pay attention to what ammo is being used, probably some brand of bulk so don't expect too much accuracy.

Pull the inner rod out of the tube and check the condition of the (usually red) tip and see if the spring inside the rod still has some tension.

Jams, failure to feed, failure to eject and misfires can all be associated with the action being dirty or something more costly. Finally make sure "THE RIFLE IS UNLOADED, SAFETY ON AND FINGERS NO WHERE NEAR THE TRIGGER AND THEN CHECK IT AGAIN" and then check the muzzle (the crown) for any little dings, scratches or corrosion. If present it can effect accuracy alot. That's about it.
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Thanks! Hey, my daughters nickname is Izzy...
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Shoot a tube, it's a keeper. If there is a ding, bargain down. It would be nice to know who originally made the gun. There was not a Higgins factory, they were rebranded name brands.

I remember JC Higgins. I have a set of clubs. In the early 50's you could buy a Sears car, a rebranded Henry J.

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Thanks. Yeah from the research I did it is a Hi-Standard...
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I have the JC Higgins 31 with a Higgins brass and steel scope. Got it at the Reno Gun Show last year, fellow who sold it to me said it had only a few hundred rounds through it and I think he was right. Of course he failed to mention it was during the Eisenhower Administration and no one had cleaned it since. It was a PITA to clean out all the caked in grime, took about 2 hrs worth with Hoppes on the trigger group and frame.

I'd make certain it properly feeds and extracts and that the trigger system works properly. The claw type extractor used on some of these rifles can cost a few $$$. Numrich Arms carries most replacement parts and some are common to the 29, 30 and 31. You may have to replace the recoil spring, that's a cheap fix.

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/Manufact...tm?results=100

There's a rocker arm on the trigger group, make sure that snaps front & back. The trigger group is easily removed from the action by taking out one screw, you could ask to take a look inside.
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I have the JC Higgins 31 with a Higgins brass and steel scope. Got it at the Reno Gun Show last year, fellow who sold it to me said it had only a few hundred rounds through it and I think he was right. Of course he failed to mention it was during the Eisenhower Administration and no one had cleaned it since. It was a PITA to clean out all the caked in grime, took about 2 hrs worth with Hoppes on the trigger group and frame.

I'd make certain it properly feeds and extracts and that the trigger system works properly. The claw type extractor used on some of these rifles can cost a few $$$. Numrich Arms carries most replacement parts and some are common to the 29, 30 and 31. You may have to replace the recoil spring, that's a cheap fix.

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/Manufact...tm?results=100

There's a rocker arm on the trigger group, make sure that snaps front & back. The trigger group is easily removed from the action by taking out one screw, you could ask to take a look inside.
Very helpful! I knew a rad Calgunner could help. Thanks again guys.
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