J.C. Higgins Model 50

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by rferguson61, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    My Dad has a J.C Higgins Model 50 .270 which we recently found out is a rare gun and actually a really good gun. I'm trying to find the original scope that came on it. I have seen two different ones. A 2-5 and a 4x. Anyone know where to figure this out?
     
  2. natman

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    Congratulations on getting a Model 50. They are high quality guns and very accurate.

    I have seen different factory scopes. There was a 2.5x and a 4x that are clearly steel bodied K2.5 and K4 Weavers made for Sears.

    Then there's this:

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    I suspect that this scope was offered earlier than the K4 and may be an earlier Weaver.
     

  3. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    Thanks for the info! That flyer is awesome. But that's now 4 scores I have seen for this gun lol. I was you're they were Lyman scopes
     
  4. onyom

    onyom New Member

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    I have the same model as in the picture only 3006 it was handed down to me from my dad.
    I still have the orginal light brown case with the scope in the pic 2.5 power
    They all laugh at the range until they see 3 shots touching at 100 yards.
    I have since mounted a new leuapold 3-9 and just wone a 300 yard turkey shoot wth it
    My son just found one just like it at a pawn shop in tx paid 200 for it with a bushnell scope. He was not pleased with how it was shooting. We found the barrel was hitting the inside of the stock. We floated the barrel a glass bedded the action and now they shoot about the same. It turned out to be a great buy for the price.
     
  5. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    From what my Dad and I have read its a great buy for the price.
     
  6. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I like the old J.C. Higgins guns, they were made as a working man's rifle or shotgun. I have two of the bolt action .12 gauges and one J.C. Higgins rifle. These guns are all older than I am and all work better than I do.

    I expect that the bolt action shotguns will become collector's item because Sears recalled a pile of them and destroyed the bolts and therefore the guns. The problem they had is really a non-issue, or if you worried about it, a very simple fix is available. A good, solid, .12 gauge, 28" full-choke barrel, with the neat bolt action, five round tube magazine, and you can find them for $50.00 to $100.00 all day.
     
  7. Buglemfar

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    Excellent guns, built by High Standard for Sears off Belgium FN actions. I have two in .30-06. Both very accurate and the barrels are chrome lined. That .270 should outlast you.
     
  8. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    So at the risk of sounding ignorant, what does that do for the gun?
     
  9. Buglemfar

    Buglemfar New Member

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    I gather, longer barrel life, better corrosion resistance and easier cleaning. On a hunting rifle, none of these factors are much of a concern if properly maintained but it's a nice feature and, I believe, more expensive to produce.
     
  10. natman

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    Back in 1950 stainless steel wasn't commonly used for rifles yet (yes, I know there were a very few). Chrome lining made the bore rust and corrosion resistant.

    There is a common perception, probably started by some cheap military rifles, that chrome bores aren't accurate, but the Model 50 clearly demonstrates that that is not necessarily true.
     
  11. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Chrome is very hard and very smooth. It is harder to scratch, doesn't pit as easily as plain steel, so it is much easier to keep clean.
     
  12. trip286

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    Just looking at the flyer, and the old turn of the century sears catalog my grandmother had, does anyone else besides me wish that they could go back in time and buy up all the guns you wish you could have?

    Man, even my broke a55 would be able to afford some pretty awesome weaponry. I think my grandfather paid something like 65 bucks for his 1912 manufacture Colt 1911. It's now worth anywhere from $1500 to $4k depending on who is asked. Coincidentally the lower price came from the guy who wanted to buy it.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

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    Back in the 1950's there was still corrosive ammo floating around, plus for the hunter that may spend extended time in the field, your bore would not rust.