I stopped off at one of my local gun shops to pick up a gun not long ago and while I was there the owner told me that he had two 22 rifles with problems and wanted to know If I wanted to buy them as is.
One was, what I thought was, a Winchester 62 that had it's barrel cut shorter and the crown was flat. The front sight dovetail looked like it had been recut, but not that good of a job was done. It looked like someone used a wire wheel to remove some rust and most of the finish. Other then that the little gun functioned and had no cracks in the stocks.
He said he would let my have it for what he had tied up in the little gun, which was under $200. I told him that I would have to think about it.
Know I have more project guns right now then one person should have in a lifetime, but I started thinking, this one could be fun. The little gun has no collector's value other then some parts.
I could picture a 62/97 made from this little gun. I know that some of you are thinking, what the hell is a 62/97
That would be a Winchester 62 made to look like a Winchester 1897 Trench shotgun. How cool would that be?
I could do a parkerize finish on the metal, oil finish on the stocks. I could then modify an old bayonet to fit on the rifle and have a friend make me a vented barrel shroud. It would be a cool little rifle when done.
Well, I went back to the shop and picked up the little rifle for under $150. While in the store looking at the rifle we noticed that the rifle was not a Mod. 62, it was a Mod. 1906. Well that's what I get for not wearing my reading glasses when looking at guns.
It's in original finish and worth right at $300 in parts.
Well here are some pics.
I fired the rifle and it functions great, even with all the crud in it.
After cleaned all the crud out of the rifle, found that it's in better shape then I thought.
I changed my mind and will leave it as is.
I still want to make a 62/97 so I am keeping an eye out for a better Mod 62 now.
Originally Posted By lasnyder:
got this octagonal barrel model 1890 in .22short for my 12th birthday (54 years ago)... with a good report card, Dad took me to the city dump to terrorize rats....had straight "As" through the 9th grade....doesn't get used much today
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I had a similar situation with my 1st gun.....Rem 514....single shot, long barrel, nice little gun....been sitting in the safe for decades.... then I found CCI CB shorts...quieter than my air rifle...have killed over 30 tree rats with it and the neighbors never know....Win, Win.....
You sure that isn't a 1906 Winchester Pump?
They had shorter barrels and I don't recall there being much of a crown on the barrels. My 62As are deeply rounded. My buddies 1906 was flat.
I would venture a guess that you have a stock 1906, not a cut down rifle there.
ETA: S/N indicates it was made in 1926.
ETA2: Your original post made it clear it is a 1906- sorry. I am not wearing my reading glasses either!
I need to buy a .22LR pump.
I have a 1906 made in 1912 that I'm "fixing" right now.
My grandfather bought my father a 1906, made in 1916, sometime between '45 an '50. I took it over in the mid '80s and stupidly cleared off all the patina when cleaning it up. Pretty much in the white now, but in very nice shape. What I learned to shoot with as a teenager, inherited it last year when he passed away.
Bore has looked horrible as long as I can remember, brushes and Hoppes didn't make any improvement. Couple years ago I decided to work it over. Soaked overnight with Ed's Red a couple of times, then very tight patches between soakings. Looks great now, need to take it out and shoot it again. Don't remember the last time I shot it, those tiny little sights were much easier when I was a teenager than they are in my late '40s.