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Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by wjcoffey, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. wjcoffey

    wjcoffey New Member

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    hi, I have been thinking of getting back into shooting and figured I would start off with the only rifle I have ever shot. The last time this rifle was shot was approxatmly 20 years ago by me and my father. This rifle is my dads but he has lent it to me to use. The barrel has the following stamped on it: sears mod 5m 22 win. mag. sears roebuck and co. made in usa mod no 273.2350. also found on the under side is b748112 and it has a weaver marksman 3x -9x scope. I do hope to have some fun with it but would like to know what I need to know before shooting it.

    here are a couple pics of it too.
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  2. jack404

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    G'day and Welcome!!!

    nice rifles them , made by winchester for sears they where very popular here

    a gent in victoria where lever guns are still legal tells me parts are still available for them and i know he does well with his fox shooting

    thats stated its been parked in that box a while so

    step 1 get the diagram and pull it down a bit ( see pic below )
    2 inspect for rust and other troubles throughout

    3 use a pull through and clean both the bore and the tube mag ( folks forget the tubes)

    4 inspect bore for pits or other fouling and clean if needed

    5 oil and lube well then load and cycle a few rounds and inspect the ammo that comes out for any knocks or nicks

    if all that is ok

    i'd take it out where you can shoot , set up the rifle and fire one off

    cycle the rifle again and inspect the spent case , if all that is ok

    go for it

    enjoy !!

    oh if anything is not as you hope ( spots in the bore , nicks in ammo stiff operating lever etc ) do get a pro gunsmith to take a look

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  3. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

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    First the gun looks in beautiful shape, do you by any chance have an owner's manual, might have instructions on maintenance.

    Second it looks a lot like my Winchester 290 .22 semi, no lever I bought new around 1966. Sears did buy from Winchester among others back then.

    I'd do a nice complete check over and cleaning before loading and firing, make sure it's in safe working order.

    I'll leave that and more info up to our real experts here.

    edit, I see our friend Jack beat me to it while I was typing..... ;)
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  4. mjp28

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    Yeah it looks a lot like a Winchester 190 which is the W290 without the fancy Monte Cristo woodwork.
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  5. jack404

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    these ( as far as i remember ) where based on the win M255 but its been a long time since i played with lever guns
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    very nice and welcome to the forum let us know how u make out
  7. Jay

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    Nice rifle, but I'm also impressed with that case. I've never seen a case like that. Thanks for posting the pics.
  8. wjcoffey

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    My father knew a finishing carpenter. He made that case and a matching one for some cue sticks for my dad.
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    Very nice....
  10. Old Grump

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    Lovely rifle and you should shoot it but do yourself a big favor and get one in 22LR and shoot it till you become a real live genuine, 'you know you are going to hit what you are shooting at', marksman. The premium price on 22 mag ammo will soon pay for a new 22LR rifle just in extra costs. Get good first then play with the 22 mag.
  11. mr.t7024

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    jack404 said it all,most importantly, ENJOY!:)
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    Welcome to The Firearms Forum.
  13. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I agree with Jack404. Welcome to the forum. Let us know how it shoots.
  14. jstgsn

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    OMG Please do not shoot that rifle. I'm sure it will be dangerous. Wrap it up in the pictured case and send it to me immediatly. Seriously. (NOT REALLY)

    What is serious is that is a beautiful weapon and case. Follow Jacks instructions and ENJOY!!!!.

    I am envious. Please post reports of your range trips and tell us how things are going.

    Looking forward to your posts.

    Fred

    PS Just to make sure you understand, my first sentence is in jest!!!!! Listen to the others on this site and enjoy shooting your gun.
  15. mr.t7024

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    Old Grump said it all!:)
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