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So playing around on the auctions and ended up with a model 100 in 308, I believe it was the one the Winchester Model 490 22 of which I have four was modelled after, hear they were recalled for a breaking firing pin, so will have to see when I get it if it has been fixed.

Some seem to like them, some don’t.


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I like them.

Have had a few. including a couple carbines. Still have one.

If you keep the gas system reasonably clean, they function well.

When you go to clean it, there's a bit of a trick needed to get the stock off. If you don't do it right, you'll damage the stock.

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Winchester is still honoring the recall. Called the 800 number, (800-852-5734) and gave them your serial number. They will let you know if it has been replaced.


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Thank you


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For the recall: when I did it a few years ago, they sent me the part so my own smith could do it. Didn't require shipping anything directly to them. They also used to send a little check to cover the service (it didn't, but nice thought).

I have a post-64 in 243 that, when kept clean, works flawlessly. As was mentioned above, I'm convinced 95% percent of the jamming problems people report are tied to dirty guns.

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Got one in really good condition 308. I just don't use it but my dad used it to get an nice bull moose.

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I had one in 284 Win....nice gun

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I've had several, still have 3, a 243 and 2x 308. One of the 308s is a cut-down rifle with a 17" barrel that is one of my favorite rifles for still-hunting in cover. The 243s and 308s have always worked fine, while the 284s could have failure to feed issues depending on the magazine, in that some magazines were reliable in some rifles, but not in others.

The triggers aren't crisp and MOA is something to work toward or at least hope for, but if they fit the style and terrain that you hunt, they will get the job done if you do your part.

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Originally Posted by 260Remguy
I've had several, still have 3, a 243 and 2x 308. One of the 308s is a cut-down rifle with a 17" barrel that is one of my favorite rifles for still-hunting in cover. The 243s and 308s have always worked fine, while the 284s could have failure to feed issues depending on the magazine, in that some magazines were reliable in some rifles, but not in others.

Jeff -- did you see a clear difference between original Winchester mags and the repros Brownell's used to sell in the feeding issues?

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All of the magazines that I've used in the Winchester 88s and 100s have been original Winchester products. There were 284 magazines that weren't reliable in the 100s but worked fine in the 88s.

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Do yourself a favor and at least try the Norma ammo (it's darned inexpensive and very accurate so far in 308, 270 and 300 Winchester Mag). Four and three shots respectively at 100 yards:
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Lots of folks that own centerfire semi-auto rifles expect to shoot them forever without cleaning the gas system. When I worked in the Browning Arms gunsmithing shop I can't tell you how many BAR's were sent in for repair when the only problem was a dirty gas system. Some were so dirty that the gas piston was frozen solid, requiring the use of a slide hammer to disassemble. Fortunately the end of the piston had an internal thread facilitating the use of the slide hammer.

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Originally Posted by WhelenAway
I like them.

Have had a few. including a couple carbines. Still have one.

If you keep the gas system reasonably clean, they function well.

When you go to clean it, there's a bit of a trick needed to get the stock off. If you don't do it right, you'll damage the stock.

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..not to mention bending those control arms...


Originally Posted by gunswizard
Lots of folks that own centerfire semi-auto rifles expect to shoot them forever without cleaning the gas system. When I worked in the Browning Arms gunsmithing shop I can't tell you how many BAR's were sent in for repair when the only problem was a dirty gas system. Some were so dirty that the gas piston was frozen solid, requiring the use of a slide hammer to disassemble. Fortunately the end of the piston had an internal thread facilitating the use of the slide hammer.
laugh Yep - ran into a couple of those here too... At the same time, the BAR is probably the best semi-auto out there...


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I love me some Winchester 100s. Currently have 4. Pre 64 243, post 64 308 and 284 and a carbine in 308. Ive owned a dozen. Ive replaced the firing pins on all of them. Takes me about 15 minutes to take one apart. I send the old pin off with the serial number and Winchester sends me a new version with a check for $35 I think. Accuracy is deer killing accurate. Not a bench gun. Just make sure the rear trigger guard screw is tight. If the screw gets lose the bolt can over ride the hammer and cause big issues. I see a lot of 100s with busted stocks from either someone trying to disassemble one improperly or the issue with the bolt over riding and the person not knowing how to recock the hammer.


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A lot of info on Winchester 88's and 100's here:

Winchester Model 88 & 100 Information - leeroysramblings.com

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Originally Posted by 308ld
Winchester is still honoring the recall. Called the 800 number, (800-852-5734) and gave them your serial number. They will let you know if it has been replaced.


Yep, called today and lady said I am good to go, as it was done in 8/92.


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The original factory instructions are still just fine for disassembly and gas piston cleaning. First time, I went slow with due caution given age and lack of readily available replacement parts.

http://www.indaginibalistiche.it/utlities/manuali/winchester_100_EN.pdf

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I've a hunting buddy who uses a model 100 passed down from his long-deceased dad. My buddy is 74, so I suspect his 100 is easily pre-64. Accuracy is good enough for him to kill several whitetails every year. For me, it's good to see old guys using old guns successfully year in and year out.

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Did the model 88 also share the firing pin problem?

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I bought one new in 1973, really nice piece of wood and very nicely put together. Heck too nice to hunt with in east Texas so I traded it off.

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