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Winchester 250 Lever Action
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About a year ago I picked up a Rossi Lever Action .410 and ever since I've been jonesing for another lever gun. I finally was able to score a nice rimfire lever gun yesterday, a Winchester 250 Standard.

It's in surprisingly good condition considering it's 40+ years old. The thing doesn't look like it's seen much action. The seller said he got it as part of an inheritance. I can't find any real defects in this gun except a few small pressure marks on the stock. The bluing is dark and I don't see any signs of wear, even on the lever.

I didn't really know anything about this model, but the price was right and how could I go wrong buying a Winchester? Here's what I've found out so far from poking around on the interwebs.

The Winchester 250 was made from 1963 until 1974. It was part of a series of lever guns including the 250, 255, 270, 275 & 290. There were approximately 1.6M made including all the models listed.

Some time around 1966 a white spacer was placed between the stock and buttplate and the stock and forend were checkered. Also there was a Deluxe model that used better wood for the stocks, a grip cap (with the same white spacer) and sling swivels.

The tube mag looks like it will hold about 15 .22 LR and 20 or so .22 Shorts. I'll need to load it up to be sure.

One kind of odd thing I noticed was that when you cycle the lever the trigger actually moves with the loop.

It seems Winchester doesn't have any documentation on the 250 as far as serial number ranges go but I know it was made after 66 based on the fact that it has the checkering and the white spacer. Judging from the serial number (74X,XXX) and knowing how many total were made I think this one is from 1970.

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#2
Something about this thread is strangely familiar.


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Nice rifle!
I'm getting a taste for old 22 rifles myself.

You could go buy any number of modern 22s on the market, but there's something special about a classic like this that has survived so many years and is likely built better than it's modern counterparts!

Congrats!
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#3
Pfffthhht. My lever gun can beat up yer lever gun.
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For being "old", it sure looks like it is in great shape! ....no, EmptyMag, I'm not talking about you. Rolleyes
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The white line throws me. I always assumed that was a "Marlin" thing.
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I think I'll lose the scope. The finish on it is weird, and no matter how much I try to clean it it looks like it's got this blotchy patina on it. I'm not a fan of scopes anyhow.

Open sights for me, but I should probably get an eye exam. Those 50+ yard targets are looking a bit blurry these days.
Ammunition, it's the new lead bullion. Buy it cheap and stack it deep.
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