Nice looking Taurus! I just picked up a .22 mag pump carbine (model 73?) in stainless steel, just outta the box my boy loaded it up and was busting target's first shot and each shot after, no messing with sights a sweet handling little carbine, the gun dealer quit stocking the .22 lr as he couldent move them now just stocks the .22 mags in rifle & carbine
I couldent get over the price landed in NW Alaska a .22mag for less than $300 in stainless steel! a + along the coast
I think the lever would be just as sweet as the pump!
Last edited by Rex in OTZ; 10-06-2008 at 03:32 PM.
Yup, Rossi called itís .22 LR copy of the original Winchester .22 model-62 a Rossi model-59.
Taurus got it right when they called their .22LR a model-62 also.
Since Winchester didnít make a 62 in .22 Magnum I guess calling it a model-72 is the way to go.
Since Winchester never had a model-62 Lever Action it was dreamed up by Taurus to take advantage of the basic pump mechanism. I think they did an awesome job of making a Winchester like lever action that Winchester should have done. It has lovely, graceful lines and the only change Iíd make would be to shorten the barrel back to the end of the feeder tube.
For many years Winchester cranked out lever-actions in all kinds of center fire calibers but they ignored the .22. Marlin was the one that made a high quality lever .22 for many years and Iíd love to have the Mountie variant.
Call me cheap but Iíve had a few .22 Magnum pistols and find the price of magnum ammo nuts compared to regular old .22 Long Rifle ammo which can often be purchased at sale prices. Except for more noise and kick I really canít hit targets any better than with my .22 guns.
One more thing. I hope Taurus makes a Winchester model-61 copy some day. Talk about a classic beauty....
That would give us the whole family of popular Winchester copies like grandpa and his friends used to use to shoot woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits and crows that were so pesky around the farm.