Originally Posted by Trez
ooops... i had it confused with the 03
I know--a little nit-picky--but what you SAID was:
"from what ive read this the first rifle to shoot the .22LR"
Not first Winchester. Not first auto-loader. First RIFLE. And that goes back to 1887. Probably in a Stevens tip-up rifle, but I don't know for sure.
FWIW, The model 1890 pump might be the earliest Winchester in 22LR.
Earliest auto loader in 22LR? I don't know. Savage had the Model 1912
in--well-1912. There might be some earlier. The 03 Winchester was not
ever chambered in 22LR, but in 22 Win Auto--a proprietary cartridge that
doesn't interchange with anything I know of.