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I was looking at the price of ammo and noticed that .308 & 7.62 x 51 ammo is relatively cheap. I am getting a lot of bang out of my .223's for the buck and the .308 ammo isn't much more expensive., so I thought maybe I could use a .308 "plinker" as the outdoor range I just discovered has a 50 yard "junkyard" plinking range for cans, jugs, bottles and anything else you want to shoot up.

I have more bolt actions than I can shoot and came across this Winchester Model 100 beauty and decided to snap it up to shoot with iron sights. I wanted something different and it is a very classy, beautiful rifle. The serial number number makes it a 1966-67 model.

The seller bought it at an estate sale years ago and it has sat in it's box since he purchased it. He couldn't verify if the prior owner had the firing pin replaced under the recall in the '90's but doubted it as the rifle appears unfired. I'll do the due diligence and contact Winchester.

Looks to be a pretty neat rifle.

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Think ya scored. Looks mint and unfired. Even the stamped engraving looks awesome. I knew about the recall but hopefully will be reliable. Remington had issues with the 742 back in the day too. I recall those old Winchester boxes from a Model 70 I owned in the early 70s. Pretty sharp in themselves.
Thanks! Even though it is the pressed checkering, the basket weave and oak leafs are very classy, at least to my eye anyway. I will investigate the firing pin replacement issue. What I've read says the firing pin can break and cause the rifle to fire with the bolt partially open which wouldn't be pretty. A redesigned firing pin is available from Winchester. I will definitely do the replacement if required before using it
 

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Man just admire the walnut and bluing ya got back then. Took those features for granted when I was young. Fancy figured walnut sure costs more today!
Yes sir. I鈥檝e always appreciated the beauty of what I consider 鈥済olden age鈥 rifles. I feel like they were individual works of art, each with it鈥檚 own personality. Sounds corny, I know as a hunter would consider it a tool of the trade but I really enjoy a beautiful gun.
 

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Yes sir. I鈥檝e always appreciated the beauty of what I consider 鈥済olden age鈥 rifles. I feel like they were individual works of art, each with it鈥檚 own personality. Sounds corny, I know as a hunter would consider it a tool of the trade but I really enjoy a beautiful gun.
Same here! Seems today we are being channeled into a more "utilitarian" breed of firearm often. With the high cost of materials and labor it's a sign of the times I guess. Still many don't mind for less frills and many of the guns produced by makers like Ruger and Savage still maintain great accuracy. Both have their place in the field
 

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Same here! Seems today we are being channeled into a more "utilitarian" breed of firearm often. With the high cost of materials and labor it's a sign of the times I guess. Still many don't mind for less frills and many of the guns produced by makers like Ruger and Savage still maintain great accuracy. Both have their place in the field
Yeah. "Black guns" have their purpose. For a hunter, they are light and nearly unbreakable. From a manufacturer's standpoint, they reduce cost and make the rifle more affordable. It's a win-win while the more expensive wood-stocked guns are still there for traditionalists who are willing to pay the premium. I have only 2 synthetic stocked rifles in my collection but my preference will always be blued and walnut.
 

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The model 100 is a VERY dangerous rifle! There has been a recall on those but that does not fix the problem. The rifle will fire with the bolt unlocked. One nearly cut my left wrist off. The only thing that saved me was the metal watch band and that was cut in two. I had to get 5 stitches on my wrist and the doctor looked at the watch and told me I was lucky. At gun shows I show people the rifle will fire with the bolt unlocked even after the recall has been done. Several gunsmiths I have talked to about this and some have seen this problem first hand. DO NOT EVER SHOOT THAT RIFLE!!!
 

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The model 100 is a VERY dangerous rifle! There has been a recall on those but that does not fix the problem. The rifle will fire with the bolt unlocked. One nearly cut my left wrist off. The only thing that saved me was the metal watch band and that was cut in two. I had to get 5 stitches on my wrist and the doctor looked at the watch and told me I was lucky. At gun shows I show people the rifle will fire with the bolt unlocked even after the recall has been done. Several gunsmiths I have talked to about this and some have seen this problem first hand. DO NOT EVER SHOOT THAT RIFLE!!!

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Can I shoot 7.62mmx51 ammo reliably in the Model 100? I know the round will physically chamber and shoot but will the lighter NATO cycle the bolt reliably? Looking at some PMC X-tac in 147Gr boat tail 2800fps
 
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