Winchester 1903 .22 Automatic

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  1. dcriner

    dcriner Active Member

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    Now that Aguila is manufacturing this obsolete ammo again, I cleaned up my uncle's old rifle and took it out. It cycles perfectly and is great fun. Based on my rifle's serial number, it was manufactured in 1905 - so it's 112 years old. Those old Winchester 1903 automatics are great.

    With the availability of ammo, I wonder if the Model 1903's value will increase? Checking the usual auction sites, it doesn't appear so, at least yet.

    The newly manufactured ammo is available from the various Internet ammo sites. They are getting about $17.50 per box of 50 (plus shipping). The last old, vintage box I bought at a gun show was $25, and that was about 8 years ago.
     
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    You gotta get is some pics of that classic!!!
     

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    They have one at a local pawn shop, it's been there a while, up no way I'm spending the money they're asking. They think they have a "collector" but it's had the stock screwed up, they'd call it "restored" and it's been "reblued" and looks awful. The stamping has been sanded so bad it's hard to make out some of the writing and the finish I've only seen once before on a Winchester 1890 WRF. It is thick and looks more like something has been painted on rather than a hot bluing. I wouldn't give them $100 for it as it's been messed up to the poin it couldn't be made even close to correct. Too bad.
     
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    Yep that's too bad firpo. The 03/63 have been called by some, the best semi auto .22s ever built. Love the heck out of my 63. It's in mint condition and shoots just as good as it looks. Here' MODEL 63 #1.jpg s a pic
     
  5. dcriner

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    Firpo: Before buying a used Winchester 1903, I would ask to take it out and shoot it to make sure it cycles reliably. (Of course, you will need some .22 Win Auto ammo for testing.)

    I they won't let you take it out and shoot it, base its value on the assumption that it doesn't work.
     
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    The stock is poor to fair and the gun itself is good, 90% finish. Those Winchester 1903s look pretty much the same - Google for many images.
     
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