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Winchester Model 62A Pump (Slide) Action Rifle Review


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Winchester Model 62A Rifle, Muzzle and Conclusion
Winchester Model 62A pump slide action 22 rimfire muzzle.

Winchester Model 62A pump slide action 22 rimfire muzzle.

Photo © Russ Chastain
The muzzle of this particular Winchester Model 62A 22 rifle has clearly been clobbered - hard - more than once. You see that spot that looks like a really deep gouge? Well, that's exactly what it is. Of all the firearms miracles I have noted, however, perhaps most interesting is that, while this muzzle looks as if it's been used as the bottom end of a crutch for someone hobbling across rocky ground, there are almost no marks at all on the crown.

The crown is the muzzle end of the rifled interior portion of the barrel, and there's only one notable scratch near this one. It is only on the muzzle - not the rifling - and it doesn't appear to harm the accuracy, so no problem, other than cosmetics.

This photo also blurrily illustrates the shape of the beavertail forearm that was mentioned a while back in this article.

In Summary

The Winchester Model 62A is a pump (or slide) action rimfire rifle designed to cycle and fire 22 Short, 22 Long, and/or 22 Long Rifle ammunition. With its 23-inch barrel and slim lines, it's an attractive and accurate shootin' iron. Overall length is 39 and 5/8 inches, but it can be taken down into two parts, measuring 26.5 and 16.5 inches long.

This handy popper weighs in at just a fuzz above 5.5 pounds, will hold 15 rounds of 22 Long Rifle ammo in its tubular magazine, ejects from the top, and even with many miles upon it, operates smoothly and reliably. What more could you ask for?

- Russ Chastain

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