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sakorick 05-27-2008 06:06 PM

The Model 54 Winchester
 
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For all you young guys, up until 1925 The US, other than war surplus rifles, was a lever action country. Then along came the Model 54 Winchester available in 10 calibers including the new 270 and 220 Swift. All in all, around 50,000 rifles were made for eleven years when it was replaced by the Mod 70. Many including myself consider the Mod 54 the finest bolt action rifle Winchester ever made. Sometime back I had a chance to trade one of my sporterized Mausers for one.....a 1927 ser number 8168. I'm pretty sure it was refinished at one time but the guy did a terrific job and left the original checkering. My rifle is chambered in 30 Gov't '06. Take a peek at an American classic. Regards, Rick.

buckshot roberts 05-27-2008 06:38 PM

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:biggthumpup: Congrats" Rick ya done good, they are getting hard to find these day's, 'bout as hard as a model 30 Remington, enjoy ..Ron

RatherBHuntin 05-27-2008 06:39 PM

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Beautiful rifle Rick. That 30 Gov't 06 mark is really cool. Is there much difference between the Model 54 and the pre 64 Model 70s? Did you have to do anything to it or is that the condition you got it in?

Brithunter 05-28-2008 03:59 AM

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Yes I like that :biggthumpup: very nice rifle indeed. Errr how about a full length photo?



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Even Pretty please :greentongue:

sakorick 05-28-2008 04:24 AM

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Originally Posted by RatherBHuntin (Post 79241)
Beautiful rifle Rick. That 30 Gov't 06 mark is really cool. Is there much difference between the Model 54 and the pre 64 Model 70s? Did you have to do anything to it or is that the condition you got it in?

Hello RBH. I haven't done anything to the rifle but fondle it! I talked to the curator at Cody about it. The red pad was an option in the cataloge as was the scope mount holes in the top of the receiver. The rear side holes on the left side was standard factory for the Lyman peep sight. My rear sight is labled "D.W. King Pat. Mar 5, 07". I assume that's the correct sight.....I'll call Cody to check.

The difference between the Mod 54 and Mod 70 is significant. Different stock, checkering, trigger, action, bolt and safety. Winchester "un-Mausered" the Mod 70. Others like old John may know the rational. Probably they cost too much to manufacture. The trigger is unique in that it is basically a military 2 stage trigger that breaks like nothing else I have ever felt. Early scopes were long and skinny so The rear side mount was married with the screw holes where the rear hard sight screws on to the barrel ...a total space of around 10 inches. Improvements in optics may have led Winchester down the Mod 70 path. Regards, Rick.

sakorick 05-28-2008 06:07 AM

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Here you go BH. Regards, Rick.

Brithunter 05-28-2008 09:58 AM

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OK thank you.

I now like it even more :Banghead: . Just something about the style of these old rifles :confused: .

sakorick 05-28-2008 04:35 PM

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BH, you have impeccable taste. The classic lines topped off with 24 lines/inch checkering and a schnabel forend. Did you notice the plum color of the action......I was told this was caused by the nickle steel also found extensively in the old Sakos. Glad you like her and regards, Rick.

Brithunter 05-29-2008 03:34 AM

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Hi Rick,

Yep I noticed the Plum colouration :) but I don't know what causes it however BSA's often turn this colour ( my Super Sport Five has done this) and the magazine on my 1893 Steyr also has this on the magazine. The classic liens are wonderful and the styling reminds me of the much earlier M93 DWM Mauser I have. Of course Rigby's had their own style as did H&H. I am not so keen on the H&H styling.

buckshot roberts 05-31-2008 11:29 AM

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:) Rick' you can look up your 54's year of manufacture here, http://armscollectors.com/sn/windates.htm ...Ron


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