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|Introduction to the .22 Rimfire PART I||Introduction to the 22 Rimfire PART II||Winchester model 250 22lr lever action rifle|
Winchester model 250 was an economically priced 22 rim fire rifle using a
manually actuated lever to cycle the action. The rifle was part of a
series of guns that included the 250 (as shown above), the 270 which used
a pump/slide action and the 290 which was a semi-automatic action, see all
The 200 series had brothers in the 100 series. The 100 series included a 150 model (lever action) and a 190 (semi-auto).
The model 150 was similar to the 250 except it had a straight grip stock and a barrel band. The serial numbers were shared between the two series (meaning that you could get consecutive serial numbers of different models). There were approx. 2.1 million units between the 100 and 200 series models.
There was also a model 255, which was the same as the model 250 only chambered in .22 Magnum.
The gun was similar in appearance to it's bigger brother the model 88, which was introduced in 1955, some 8 years before the model 250 came along.
The model 250 was produced from 1963 to 1973, with sales continuing into 1974 until supplies ran out.
Caliber: .22 rimfire, .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle
Action: Lever Action
Magazine: Tube, Under Barrel
Capacity: 21 Short, 17 Long, 15 Long Rifle
Weight: 5 lbs
Rifling: 1 in 16" twist, Right Hand
LOP: 13 5/8"
Stock Material: Walnut (deluxe), Birch (standard)
Receiver material: Cast Aluminum
Winchester ad from Christmas 1963
A deluxe model was introduced in 1965 and was discontinued in 1971. The extra $23 or so got you the following extras:
Model 250 standard, early (top) and late production (bottom)
Many parts between the 250, 270 and 290 were interchangeable. One part that differed on the 250 was the butt stock. The stock on the model 250 was squared off at the grip and had a different contour to allow the lever to close all the way, see the picture below, the 250 stock is on top, the 270/290 on bottom.
The early production models used a
plastic front sight/magazine tube mount. In addition the rear sight was
plastic and held the model number. I imagine this cut down on assembly
costs as one barrel could be made and stamped for all four models
(250,255,270 & 290).
The guns were made in the old New Haven plant. The barrels were Winchester Steel with the standard 1 in 16" right hand twist. The magazine tube was made of steel and came just short of the barrel's muzzle. The inner magazine tube, was also made of steel, rather then the more popular and superior brass.
The receivers and levers were made of cast aluminum which was anodized gloss black. The stocks were "walnut finished" hardwood, which was probably birch. On the deluxe models the guns were fitted with real walnut.
The front and rear sights were originally plastic, they were switched to metal sometime in the mid-late '60's. I would guess pressure from Winchester purists dictated the change to the more expensive metal parts.
an early add showing the different lever and the plain stocks
The model 250 was discontinued in 1973 along with its brothers. The demise of the model may have been hastened by the introduction of the model 9422 in 1972. The 9422, as you could have guessed was built to match the full size model 94 and more closely resembled the lever actions Winchester had been building for over 100 years
This is yet another dual purpose post. I purchased the model 250 below for $50. The price was low because it had been in a fire and suffered some damage. Another project!
It appears to be a standard model, late production. Unfortunately we cannot get the exact date of manufacture, but based on the serial number and the stock I would guess to be 1968-'73.
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