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Old 04-08-2009, 12:43 AM   #11
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Winchester has a new plant in Columbia SC. They are making "old" style model 70's. The rifleman's rifle.

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i recently purchased two model 100 Winchester rifles as part of a package deal. One is chambered for .308 Winchester and the other is chambered for .358 Winchester. I am thinking about using them for the upcoming hunting season. Are there any maintenance / reliability issues I should be aware of? Are there any gunsmithing kinks I need to perform to improve these weapons?

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Yes- two things.

First- there was a safety recall on the Model 100. The firing pin tip could break, become lodged in the forward position, resulting in "slamfire" when bolt was released. 3 ways to check- remove magazine, turn rifle over, draw back bolt, look for a single letter like "L" or "X" stamped inside receiver above bolt- or strip bolt, look at firing pin. New pin is not round in the middle, but is flat on sides. OR- Call Winchester Product Service 1-800-852-5734 with the serial number of your rifles.

Second- the gas piston requires cleaning. Fail to clean it, and bolt may get locked in the forward position. Action cannot be removed from stock with bolt forward OTHER than by breaking the gas piston cap retaining clip. And that tiny damned little clip is no longer available as a part! So clean the things when you have been shooting them! If you do not have a manual, you used to be able to download from Winchester site, OR ask them to send you one.

Oh, yeah- one last thing. The stock shape tends to bring tears to my eyes with the .308. Added a recoil pad, and I no longer look like my shoulder got trampled by a herd of pygmies wearing football cleats.

Some more reading for you on the 100, and it's cousin, the 88.

Winchester model 88 Info

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The first Christmas after my return from Vietnam (1968), Dad gave me Win 100 (.308) and a Win 290 (.22LR). Dad had been a Winchester rep between wars (1948-52) and never received the post-64 memo. I never could get the 100 to hold a consistent zero and not long after I sold it the firing pin warning was issued. Somehow it all works out. A few years ago Dad finally let me have his 1955 Christmas present from Mom, a Win 70 Featherweight (.308). There are better choices than the Win 100 for about the same money and I'd recommend looking at and for them instead.

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i recently purchased two model 100 Winchester rifles as part of a package deal. One is chambered for .308 Winchester and the other is chambered for .358 Winchester. I am thinking about using them for the upcoming hunting season. Are there any maintenance / reliability issues I should be aware of? Are there any gunsmithing kinks I need to perform to improve these weapons?
I have never seen a Winchester Model 100 in caliber 358 winchester, read about it somewhere before but never actually seen one or even a pic, could you please post a few closeups pics, include one of the caliber stamp on the barrel too. Are you sure it is a Winchester Model 100 Autoloader or the Model 88 Lever acton ? Thanks
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I have owned and used my Win. Model 100 in 308cal. since 1969. I have hunted with it every year, in rain and snow, this rifle has never failed to shoot and take deer at every range. I use see thru mounts and have never changed the setting . This rifle is just as good today as it was new. I have other rifles and calibers but I have never found one that can compare with the model 100.

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