Winchester model 100

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by rnuover, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. rnuover

    rnuover New Member

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    I have been looking at getting a new deer rifle and found a deal on a Winchester model 100 at a local gun store. My question is do any of yall know anything about these guns are they good any problems with them?

    Thanks, Chris
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have fiddled with one several years ago. I found it to be needlessly complicated and not user friendly. Parts are getting scarce as they have been out of production for several years and Winchester is no longer making ANY guns.
    IMHO you would be better served with a Remington 740, 7400. Currently produced, mags available (including 10 rounders from Eagle) and the company is not Tango Uniform.
     

  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Clarification may be needed I think. Winchester did close their doors, but the parent company ( Olin ) did also enter into an agreement with Browning to continue making several models of the old Winchester line. Both companies are in fact owned by FN Herstal.

    JD
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    True Dat, Dilliger. Hopefully they (FNH) will start producing more of the old Winchester product line. I am doubtful they will reintroduce the M-100. It was not a very successful rifle.
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    100% agreed. They have good backing now, and the Winchester line has a good rep, so I am hoping they will reintroduce some of the old stuff as well.

    I saw they recently released the John Wayne 100th Anniversary Edition, which I thought was a nice touch.

    FNH is a good company - I am hoping they will do the right thing by some of the old Winchester line.

    Side note: You ever been to the Winchester Mystery House? CRAZY!!!
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I saw a tv special on it and a close friend was there a couple of years ago. He said it was really weird. And he's a UFO chasing freak!
     
  7. c3shooter

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    I have a couple of 100's- .243 and .308 They have a gas system that requires cleaning, accuracy os so-so (light barrel, gas system block and rear sight dovetails cut into barrel, changing harmonics of barrel), and parts are getting REAL scarce. Unless you have a real good price, would look around. Also have a BAR in .243 (Made in Belgium) that is the most accurate autoloader I have ever owned.
     
  8. alsaqr

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    I have a Winchester Model 100 in .308. Also have an H&R Model 360 Ultra semi-auto rifle in .308. The H&R shoots much better than my Winchester.
     
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  9. M14sRock

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    I had a Mod100 carbine in .308. Very accurate with pet loads, but reliability was not 100%. Glad I sold it.

    A BAR or the new Rem 750 (or a 7400) should serve you well.
     
  10. MAB65

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    Love my M 100

    My first hunting rifle was the Model 100 carbine. I treated the gun like a workhorse: Snow, rain, mud and heat exposure were of little concern in the search of a monster buck. It took two decades of abuse until I took pity on the firearm that served me well. Had a Winchester certified gunsmith in Fairfield, CT give it a total overhall.

    It looks so good I stopped taking it out in the woods. It's a good looking gun, accurate and light. Perfect for hunting in dense areas.
     
  11. bobbyb13

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    Winchester is back in the USA

    Winchester has a new plant in Columbia SC. They are making "old" style model 70's. The rifleman's rifle.
     
  12. jmlittleton

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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?
     
  13. c3shooter

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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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  14. MemphisJim1

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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.
     
  15. AK_Riverman

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    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
     
  16. ejhughessr

    ejhughessr New Member

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    model 100

    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.