Sunday, January 4, 2009

Winchester Model 100 and an Interesting Firearms' Site

I ran across this site: Guns And Shooting Online tonight while looking up info on the Winchester Model 100. I was looking up info on this particular rifle because I know of one that is available in my neck of the woods. I called up the person who has it for sale and asked when I could see it, and was told I could go to the Nassau County Rifle range to meet her or her son there, and look at it in the trunk of her car by flashlight. I would prefer to be inside the range in a well lighted area, and besides I think it may be illegal to buy/sell guns out of your trunk in a parking lot. So, I suggested a viewing inside. She said okay, but is probably not available until this coming weekend - as in next Saturday. Hopefully she will not sell it before then.

The Winchester 100 is a semi-automatic rifle (also a carbine model) produced in throughout most of the 1960's and the early 70's. I have seen pictures and I must admit I like the looks of it. The one pic I could find on the net was found at:

http://www.redstradingpost.com/auction_images/Auction_Arms/?dir=.%2FWinchester_100_Rifle_308_win_64360%2F. (another interesting site with lots more pics of this rifle there)

This rifle is fairly Spartan, but that is okay by me. The rifle comes with a 22" barrel in blued steel. It has a hooded front sight, fold up/down rear sight, a 4 round removable box magazine, a one piece wood stock, a metal butt plate and sling swivels. There is a push button safety located at the front of the trigger guard. It came in 3 calibers: .308, 243 and .284. The one available near me is in .308 which was, according to this write-up at Guns And Shooting Online, the most popular caliber for this rifle.

I have been wanting something in .308 for a long time. I am none too sure that this will be the rifle for me, but if offered at a good price and in fine or better condition I will scoop it up if available when I have time to take a look at it. Then again she also has several other things in which I might be interested like a couple of Marlin 336s, one in .35 Remington caliber and one in .30-.30 caliber. That is, I would of course be interested if I get to see them inside a well lit location like the range, or under other legitimate circumstances, other than by flashlight in the trunk of a car in a parking lot. Just something about those types of sales, even if actually legal for firearms, that gives me second thoughts about participating in such. Could you just imagine pulling one of those rifles out of the trunk, in a dimly lit parking lot, to do a function check? No neither could I imagine that; but I could imagine the cops jumping out of the bushes and arresting me when I tried to finish the deal. Oh well, I hope the range will allow us to bring them inside for a good look at them otherwise, as much as I am interested, I will not be interested.

All the best,
Glenn B

4 comments:

Russ said...

I bought a 308 W100 and find that after 3 shots the impact point drops about 6 inches. It seems when the barrel heats up the accuracy goes poor. Is this common or do I have a worn out barrel?
rlevin73@comcast.net

Glenn Bartley said...

I have never heard of such a problem with any firearm before. Then again I am not a real technical guy when it comes to guns - but still I think a problem like that would have been mentioned in stuff I read. The artcile to which I linked by Ed TRurner sure seems to give them high marks for accuracy.

Thinking about your problem, do you shoot alot in calibers as large or alrger than the 308? If yes do you have the same promblems with other rifles? If no then I am guessing it is not shooter induced. If, however, you do not shoot other rifles in as alrge a caliber, then maybe the drop is shooter induced, due to anticipating the recoil. A long shot probably but since I don't know how or what you shoot I put it up for consideration.

All the best,
GB

DucatiDaddi Racing said...

Hey Glenn,
All Model 100's and 88's are very cool firearms to hunt with. Over the past 35 years I have been lured to new, high speed magnums, and big scopes for 600 yd shooting. Then I pick one of these up, smell the Hoppes and go back to simpler times when guns were pieces of art. Just last week I finally found my Model 88 in 358 Winchester to round out my 88 collection.....but i had to buy the 1963 vintage 100 in 284 too!

Every time you pick it up, enjoy the history that comes with that guy.

JP

Glenn Bartley said...

Okay, I'll admit it, I am jealous.