.22RF Low Wall

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JeffinNZ posted this 26 May 2018

A fellow gun crank I know calls me this week and says he has something I might like play with. I’m thinking a bullet mould but he hands me a case with a 1920s era Winchester Low Wall in .22RF and says “shoot it”. Not being one to check the teeth on a free pony.......I did. Went to range this morning with a 100 year rifle and 40 year old Eley target ammo. Astounding result at 55 yards/50m. Lowest shot was the first from a clean barrel. The two highest are operator errors. The remaining seven are in a group 0.4 x 0.95 inch. Pretty happy with iron sights and 48 year eyes. Would love to take it after rabbits but alas it is not mine and worth a mint.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Mike H posted this 26 May 2018

That’s a beautiful rifle,great to see it well looked after.Would you have any history of the owners?

Mike.

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JeffinNZ posted this 26 May 2018

Bought for a gentleman who was leaving military service and stayed in the family for two more generations.  Seems he lived in the Channel Island between England and France and I suspect there is not much to shoot at there which would explain the primo condition it is in.

Cheers from New Zealand

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R. Dupraz posted this 26 May 2018

You just "had" to post this, didn't you Jeff ?

 

R. 

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joeb33050 posted this 26 May 2018

The Channel Islands have less restrictive gun laws than England; there's a (comparatively) lot more guns, competition, and a 1000 yard range in/on Jersey. Shooters from England go there to shoot.

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Dale53 posted this 27 May 2018

I spent a goodly number of years shooting, writing, and photographing fine single shot rifles, original and modern, when I was active in ASSRA. When I looked at the first photo,, I have to admit I let out a gasp. Gorgeous rifle and it represents a VERY interesting travel through time.

Thanks for sharing this with us!

Dale McGEe

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M3 Mitch posted this 30 May 2018

I remember at gun shows around Salt Lake area a guy had a .22 Short Low Wall for sale, the bore was pretty rough, and he wanted more for it than I thought it was worth.  But an interesting rifle, with a very heavy barrel, the guy who ordered it was probably thinking that this would minimize barrel vibrations and perhaps provide unusual accuracy. 

Thanks for posting up about this unusual rifle, truth be told I don't have enough room in the house, nor the budget, to buy every rifle (or shotgun, or handgun) I really like, so some of my enjoyment is going to be just looking at photos and reading, which is OK.

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M3 Mitch posted this 05 June 2018

Most recent edition of Rifle Magazine has a photo feature on a 2-barrel take down High-Wall, 45-70 barrel and a .22 LR barrel, very nicely made.  Article did not say what it cost, although I would venture the guess of "plenty".  "Gun Porn" at it's best.

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