A good friend from church was asking me about a little rifle he had recently been given in a donated estate. He knew three things about it: it was pretty old, it was extremely dirty, and it was a Winchester 22. When he asked if I wanted it cheap I of course said I'd be right over.
Here's what I found:
This is an early Model 60A 22 short, long, or long rifle with a 23" barrel. The 60A was available in a Sporter or Target version. It appears Winchester made this model from about 1932 to 1939 and sold about 165,000 of them. This 23" barrel version was only made in 1932-1933. After 1933, all 60A's were made with a 27" barrel.
This rifle is in fairly good shape considering it had sat untouched for probably the last 30+ years in a basement closet. Other than wiping it down some and soaking the crap out of it in gun oil, this is how it sat. There is surface rust on the trigger guard and bits of the barrel, but looks as if pitting is at a minimum. Everything seems to be there, all original, and functional to a point. I'll need to make sure the trigger group is really set up right. The pull has to be less than 2lbs as it sits. Too light!
I'll be cleaning the snot out of the barrel, bolt, etc. I'll take it all down to bare metal before refinishing. Still haven't decided whether I'll re-blue or duracoat it. The stock is in decent shape and should refinish nicely.
Here's some before pics to get us started: