Originally Posted by MemphisJim1
.22hustler: I'm delighted to see your favorable comments about the 290s you and your buddy have. Be assured I'm anal about weapon cleanliness. My 290 is virtually as clean as it was the day it was a new Christmas present in 1968. And we've both had the same experiences with ThunderFarts (I don't use them in any of my .22s). I just don't think the quality of workmanship that went into the 290 comes anywhere close to what's in my models 61 and 63 from the Golden Age, or even my mid-70s vintage 9422. My 290 is not particularly accurate, regardless of what ammo...and I have it decently scoped. Plus, the only unintended discharge of my life was with it; the magazine tube had been removed, the action repeatedly cycled and visually inspected...and it went boom (muzzle was pointed downrange). Had a round stuck in the tube magazine? I'll never know but I'm twice as careful with it now. It's an OK plinker but I wouldn't take it to any marksmanship meets.
You're a lot like me; anal about cleanliness,lol. I've had great luck with all my Winchesters, but I agree with you, I would take something else to a match. My buddy has a Ruger M-77, bolt action in .22, amd MAN, what a gun!!! Accuracy, good looks, and great feel. If I could afford one, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.I also have good scopes on our .22's. We have all Bushnell's, 3X9, on them. Good working scope, zero problems, and they don't break the bank.