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Old 09-25-2009, 02:52 AM   #1
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Any of you guys got any experience with the Winchester 100 rifle? I know they were only made from the early 60's to early 70's. I've been seeing a lot of them lately and look like a sleek rifle. Most seem to be priced right. What I need to know is do they beat themselves to death like a Remington 742 or did they have some other weird problems. Or was it just weak sales. There are like 40 of them on Gun Broker in 308 caliber, so that tells me it was at least somewhat popular back in the day. Any opinions?

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Old 09-25-2009, 03:06 AM   #2
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They were nice and handy...HOWEVER....You need to have a gunsmith check the headspace on ANY of them BEFORE purchasing one....or follow the return policy closely IF you purchase one and find it has excessive headspace.

There is NO fix and Winchester will not work on them.

They run well on sporting ammo but far too many people shot just a little 762NATO in them...and beat them to death.

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I had a 100 carbine in .308Win. It was a cool little rifle, but not 100% reliable. Glad I sold it.

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3 issues with the Win 100 (have 2 of them- .308 and .243)

1. There is a dovetail cut in the top of barrel for rear sight, and another in the bottom of barrel for gas block. Coupled with a light sporter barrel, this will NOT be the most accurate .308 you have ever had. Dovetail cuts give weird harmonics to barrel.

2. Safety recall, firing pin- tip could break, wedge, cause slamfire. If not yet changed, WIN will pay to have it done. Remove mag, draw back bolt, look thru mag well at underside of receiver- if changed, a letter gets stamped up there in the "roof". You can also check SN with WIN to verify recall has been done.

3. The gas system REQUIRES cleaning after shooting. Get it too crudded up, leave it, you will not be able to draw bolt back. And you must draw bolt back to strip rifle action out of the stock.

Spare parts are getting scarce for them. Lighter than my BAR, not as accurate, but decent little sporter. Stock design= KICK.

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They run well on sporting ammo but far too many people shot just a little 762NATO in them...and beat them to death.
Sporting 308 is loaded to higher pressure than 762NATO stuff. So the NATO stuff would be better for them. I could see where running some "HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS" reloads would affect them.
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Sporting 308 is loaded to higher pressure than 762NATO stuff. So the NATO stuff would be better for them. I could see where running some "HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS" reloads would affect them.
+1 Common misconception about NATO ammo.

The model 100 seems a bit complex to me. It may not be, but I cannot wrap my pea brain around the mechanism. I have a Rem 7400 that is probably just as complicated but it makes sense to me.
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thanks guys, I think I will pass on these. Neat rifles, but I don't need a bunch of headaches either. I'm too busy with my old Remington's (81 and 14, both in .30 Rem) anyway.

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