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Old January 1st, 2016, 06:00
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Icon49 Loading problem M90 Winchester.

On the subject of older .22s, I recently picked up a Winchester M'90 in .22 Short from a private owner in NSW.

Going by the serial number it was produced in 1903 - a heavy 6lb weight due to octagonal barrel, take-down version, fair walnut stock, no bluing left, but in surprising good condition for age - a very nice trigger too.

I was surprised that it appeared to be counter-bored to around 1" depth from the muzzle, but it shot well with my old RF pistol ammo, giving a nice tight group. The "two-stage" buck-horn type rear-sight was spot-on for 25 & 50yds respectively, so obviously it was once a treasured possession.

I'm having some trouble with the tube-magazine though.

It is supposed to carry around x20 .22Shorts, but this appears impossible due to the rounds catching internally in the inner tube

No damage/dents can be seen, both spring & follower seem OK. Both insides of the 2 tubes cleaned and sparingly 'lubed with "Triflow" (a Teflon-based synthetic oil). Still no joy.

Is this problem confined to .22 Short cartridge perhaps?

Anyone have any ideas on loading procedures for these classic old Winchesters?
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Default Re: Loading problem M90 Winchester.

I have the same issue with an old tube fed Mossberg .22 when I try to load shorts into it. It just takes patience. Mine works fine with .22lr ammo.
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Thanks Bigfoot, may be the brand of ammo I am currently finishing up, as the ORF pistol match now uses 22LR.
This superseded Winchester 'Reduced Recoil' .22 rapid-fire ammo does have a fractionally bigger head than most - that may be the problem Vs the older ammo it was designed for maybe.
I have some imported CCI .22 Shorts and will now try those.
[Incidentially I am told many of these older pump-type firearms will "slam-fire"..........]

Thanks again for your post.

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Default Re: Loading problem M90 Winchester.

Still having the same problem. A twisting action on the inner seems to load x10 OK in the magazine.

[and...Yes - they do "slam-fire".....]

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