Winchester rifle, what to look for - Graybeard Outdoors
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-24-2020, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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A lifetime hope of mine has been to one day own my first firearm, actual Winchester rifle. Well I'm in the process of making that happen by puting a down payment on a Winchester 30/30 at a somewhat reputable local pawn shop. Layaway went down quick, I only had time to secure the sale. When I go back I don't have any idea what to look for to see if it is used up, damaged, or ruined. Could I possible get some advice from the community? Thank you.
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Clean the barrel real good and shoot a target at 25 yds then another one at 50 yds.
Post us a pic of the rifle and those targets.

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After a visual inspection for dings, cracked stock etc., check the bore. If you have a bore light that's great. Otherwise put a piece of white paper behind the chamber and shine a light on it so you can look down it from the muzzle. That should give you a good idea if it's pitted or corroded. Then cycle the action. If you have a dummy round (so not live ammo) run that through a couple of times. Push teh dummy round into the magazine and make sure it will load into the chamber. For the rest you will find out how it shoots when you have it in hand.

And most importantly, post photos once you have it home! :tango_face_grin :


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