Posted By: 218 Bee
Projects are keeping me young... - 05/10/22 12:28 AM
Especially since the subjects are older than I am!
So after stamping the Model 67 Facelift Project complete, I found myself without any "gunny" stuff looming over me. Lord, we can't have that...next thing you know the She-Wolf will have me engaged in whittling down the list of stuff that "needs doing" around the place. In the hot, hot summer. Oooh, bad plan...
A couple of years ago, another old "farm gun" came to live with us: a Winchester Model 90 in .22 Winchester Rim Fire (WRF). The Model 90 is a slide-action, exposed hammer takedown piece designed by none other than John M. Browning and his brother, Matthew. Many will remember the Winchester Model 62...the Model 90 is the 62's grandparent (the Model 1906 came in between). If you're not familiar with the round, don't be ashamed...it takes a not inconsiderable amount to grey hair to even remember when ammo for this one was even REASONABLY available! I'd scrounged up a supply of one of CCI's special runs of 45 grain hollow-point ammo and put a couple of rounds down range to confirm function. The old gal not only functioned, but seemed to hit consistently...at least the rock I'd selected as a target hopped around regularly. With other more pressing issues demanding my time, the rifle had gone into the vault at that time.
Dragged into the daylight again today, I considered what (if anything) I might do with the old gal. First things first, though...let's get a BIT more scientific about evaluating accuracy. My plan was to load up and head down to my range, but the afternoon heat and blast-furnace wind made that idea less than appetizing! So, I opened the garage door behind my Kubota UTV, stuck a target up 25 yards away and, taking a standing rest against the roll bar, I squeezed off five rounds.
Now, expecting gilt-edged accuracy from an 80-90 year old rifle with utilitarian sights and a trigger pull a few pounds heavier than the 5 1/2 pounds that the whole rifle weighs is asking a bit much...so I was more than pleased to see that the five rounds plunked cleanly into a tidy 1" group! OK, so that's gonna warrant proper bench time to follow-up.
As to aesthetics, the Model 90 has been there and back...on foot. How much "pretty" I put into this one will depend on how it shoots and how ambitious I'm feeling!
The .22 LR, the .22 WRF and the .22 WMR