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Winchester Model 69A, 22 S, L, LR, about $400

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Classic lines, all walnut and steel, and an appropriate period scope set off the Winchester, the preference for appearance of the two test rifles to most of our test staff. This one had a few custom touches.

Winchester Model 69A, 22 S, L, LR, about $400

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The wrist had fine checkering as did the forend. The rifle held five in its magazine. The trigger pull was amazingly light and crisp. That old B4 scope did fine work. The safety lever is in the same place here as on the Remington. The bolt handles on the old Winchesters screwed on, and were staked to keep them there. If they get loose, either more staking or some LocTite will solve the problem.
That button in the side was not the least attractive. It let the magazine out, while doing nothing for the rifle’s appearance.
Wrap-around checkering adds value to the old rifle, but you won’t find it on the one you buy from your local dealer. We thought it helped the feel and handling of the rifle.
One of the custom touches was the inletting of the trigger guard into the stock. You can probably do this yourself at home.
Like the the U-notch rear, we did not like the Winchester’s “bead” front sight. We didn’t use the iron sights because the 69A came with a 4X Weaver. This rifle was also drilled for an aperture base, which would have made the front sight a little better, with a sight radius of almost 28 inches.
The old spring-step rear blade on the Winchester, with its U notch, was not to our liking. It’s still put on centerfire rifles and is just as useless today.

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