winchester 55,22 cal.stock

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  1. mr.t7024

    mr.t7024 Member

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    I have a winchester model 55 , I have read that the stock is made out of walnut. The stock on my rifle does not appear to be walnut, it looks like a walnut stained piece of hardwood.I am curious if any one has any thoughts on this subject.
    mrt
  2. PetahW

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    I've only seen about twenty of those, over the years, and owned two.
    All had walnut stocks.

    Since Walnut, being wood, is a natural product, it's entirely possible that a batch of light-colored stockwood was used via staining, rather than discarding.

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    Thanks for getting back to me . I got this rifle at least 15 years ago, the mottled finish on the stoick was actualy ugly, so I refinished the stock, and used linseed oil on it and this reddish tinged wood show up, kinda like a chestnut . If I can figure it out I will send you a pic of the rifle. mrt
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    mrt,

    I had thought all of these were in walnut, but recently I saw one that appeared to be stocked in birch. It caught my eye, as do all things Winchester! If I remember correctly the shop was asking $225 for it, as it was very nice. Best regards Kirk
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    Gentleman, I am confused, the Winchester model 55 is lever action (variant of a 94) and I know it was not made in a 22. I have never seen a model 55 with anything other than a walnut stock but someone could have put a gum wood carbine stock on it. Somebody please un-confuse me.

    Ron
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    muddober,

    The model 55 is also a "automatic" single shot 22, rather unusual for sure. It was made from 1958 -60, and is unusual because you load it from the top, and it fires from an open bolt, and ejects the empties out the bottom. Not very many were produced, and I have only seen a few over the years. In profile they are a one piece stock, and look like they could be semi automatic. Hope this helps, Kirk
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    Kirk, you could have won some money on that one as I have never heard of one let alone seen one. You wonder what Winchester was thinking making two totaly different guns with the same model number?

    Thanks for setting me striaght,

    Ron
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    I recently bought a Winchester 55 22 at a pawn shop in good condtion for $100. I mhad never heard of them and was intreged by it. I was looking for a Winchester 67. It works good and looks like all parts are there.
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    FWIW - I quote from "The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns and Prices" 2008 edition:

    "Model 55 (Rimfire Rifle)
    Not to be confused with the lever-action model, this .22 caliber rifle was a semi-automatic single-shot with a 22" round barrel. Fitted with a plain walnut pistol-grip one-piece stock and forend. The safety goes on when each cartridge is inserted into the chamber. This model was not serial numbered and was produced from 1957 to 1961 with about 45,000 guns sold."

    Prices: excellent - $250; V.G. - $200; good - $125; fair -$100; poor - $60


    Sounds interesting, all right.
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