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rferguson61 11-18-2011 02:10 AM

J.C. Higgins Model 50
My Dad has a J.C Higgins Model 50 .270 which we recently found out is a rare gun and actually a really good gun. I'm trying to find the original scope that came on it. I have seen two different ones. A 2-5 and a 4x. Anyone know where to figure this out?

natman 11-18-2011 02:56 PM

Congratulations on getting a Model 50. They are high quality guns and very accurate.

I have seen different factory scopes. There was a 2.5x and a 4x that are clearly steel bodied K2.5 and K4 Weavers made for Sears.

Then there's this:

I suspect that this scope was offered earlier than the K4 and may be an earlier Weaver.

rferguson61 11-18-2011 04:15 PM

Thanks for the info! That flyer is awesome. But that's now 4 scores I have seen for this gun lol. I was you're they were Lyman scopes

onyom 11-18-2011 04:58 PM

I have the same model as in the picture only 3006 it was handed down to me from my dad.
I still have the orginal light brown case with the scope in the pic 2.5 power
They all laugh at the range until they see 3 shots touching at 100 yards.
I have since mounted a new leuapold 3-9 and just wone a 300 yard turkey shoot wth it
My son just found one just like it at a pawn shop in tx paid 200 for it with a bushnell scope. He was not pleased with how it was shooting. We found the barrel was hitting the inside of the stock. We floated the barrel a glass bedded the action and now they shoot about the same. It turned out to be a great buy for the price.

rferguson61 11-18-2011 05:31 PM

From what my Dad and I have read its a great buy for the price.

Chainfire 11-18-2011 11:04 PM

I like the old J.C. Higgins guns, they were made as a working man's rifle or shotgun. I have two of the bolt action .12 gauges and one J.C. Higgins rifle. These guns are all older than I am and all work better than I do.

I expect that the bolt action shotguns will become collector's item because Sears recalled a pile of them and destroyed the bolts and therefore the guns. The problem they had is really a non-issue, or if you worried about it, a very simple fix is available. A good, solid, .12 gauge, 28" full-choke barrel, with the neat bolt action, five round tube magazine, and you can find them for $50.00 to $100.00 all day.

Buglemfar 11-18-2011 11:19 PM


Originally Posted by rferguson61 (Post 630489)
actually a really good gun.

Excellent guns, built by High Standard for Sears off Belgium FN actions. I have two in .30-06. Both very accurate and the barrels are chrome lined. That .270 should outlast you.

rferguson61 11-19-2011 01:25 AM


Originally Posted by Buglemfar

the barrels are chrome lined.

So at the risk of sounding ignorant, what does that do for the gun?

Buglemfar 11-19-2011 10:01 AM


Originally Posted by rferguson61 (Post 631203)
So at the risk of sounding ignorant, what does that do for the gun?

I gather, longer barrel life, better corrosion resistance and easier cleaning. On a hunting rifle, none of these factors are much of a concern if properly maintained but it's a nice feature and, I believe, more expensive to produce.

natman 11-22-2011 01:43 PM


Originally Posted by rferguson61 (Post 631203)
So at the risk of sounding ignorant, what does that do for the gun?

Back in 1950 stainless steel wasn't commonly used for rifles yet (yes, I know there were a very few). Chrome lining made the bore rust and corrosion resistant.

There is a common perception, probably started by some cheap military rifles, that chrome bores aren't accurate, but the Model 50 clearly demonstrates that that is not necessarily true.

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