My first rifle

Gene LGene L Senior MemberPosts: 9,337 Senior Member
Not the first one I've owned, but the first one I ever bought. It's a Winchester 250 and I bought it back in 1964 at Economy Auto store in Clarkesville, GA. My BIL got it from me a long time ago, and he died recently and I got it back. Got a little rust on the barrel and the front sight, plastic, is broken.

But I'm proud of it and glad it's back at home. Here, I think, is a picture of it. I ordered a new front sight from Jack First and will completely restore it when I get it.

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Not too many problems you can't fix
With a 1911 and a 30-06

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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 13,766 Senior Member
    Sorry to hear about your brother in law, but I am glad that it has gone back to where it will be loved again.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,189 Senior Member
    Nice ole shooter you got (back) there, enjoy :guns: :guns:
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,382 Senior Member
    Awwwwww! How cute! :devil:

    Seriously, nice piece there - looking forward to pix of its restoration. :up:
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,006 Senior Member
    Cool.

    I wish I had the first rifle I ever bought. That was stolen a long time ago.

    Also, it's pretty cool that you bought at an auto parts store.
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 7,335 Senior Member
    Very Kool getting it back
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    If you bought it in 64' that places it as made in the hay-day of Winchester's quality.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,337 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    Cool.

    I wish I had the first rifle I ever bought. That was stolen a long time ago.

    Also, it's pretty cool that you bought at an auto parts store.

    It wasn't an auto parts store, it was more like a hardware store. I think "Economy Auto" was a franchise name, but don't know. I suppose they had a few parts, but that wasn't their business. I also some years earlier bought a cheap bamboo rod from them and a Bronson fly reel. It was a small store as stores go.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,680 Senior Member
    I saw one of those when I was a kid and fell in love with it. I'm glad you got it back, but sorry about your BIL.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    :applause:
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  • TrueTone911TrueTone911 Senior Member Posts: 5,637 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Sorry to hear about your brother in law, but I am glad that it has gone back to where it will be loved again.

    This
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,709 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    If you bought it in 64' that places it as made in the hay-day of Winchester's quality.

    Actually Early, the year before was the last year of the Winchester hayday. 63 was the last year of several Winchester models as we knew them. But still any Winchester is great. My post 64 1966 model 70 is my first choice for hunting still, even with all the others I have bought since.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,533 Senior Member
    Very nice to have an old friend back. Bet the replacement sight costs almost as the rifle did when it was new!
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,087 Senior Member
    Nice rifle; was offered one of those some years ago (Pretty scarce here) but let it go since it wasn't exactly the rimfire I was looking for.
    As usual, I regret it.
  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,703 Senior Member
    I bought the one with the checkered stock at Vandenberg AFB CA. in 1965 or 1966, could find the receipt, I was stationed at Vandenberg for 9 mos. at that time.. It was my first storebought rifle and still in my safe..Everyone in the family has clamed it. Great shooter. I also have my Brother's 190 auto loader.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,337 Senior Member
    Barrel is about 20.5 or 21".

    If anyone ever has to replace the front sight on a similar rifle, it's not as simple as you'd think. The guy who did it had to cut the broken sight off; the barrel was ringed to secure the plastic sight and likely it was formed around those ridges. After cutting and prying it off, the new sight had to be pounded on it was such a tight fit. Which makes (or could make) alignment a problem. It wasn't, but it could be tricky.

    Bottom line is I got my rifle back after a long time.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06

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