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high wall in .225 Win
Sep 9th, 2013 at 6:32am
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Good condition, .225 Win, stock that fits me like a glove, Unertl 12x scope.

Should I consider it?

Brass?

Value?

Rebore?
  

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Re: high wall in .225 Win
Reply #1 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 8:42am
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Original flat- or coil-spring rifle? Got a serial number?
Original barrel? If so, then it has all ready been rechambered or lined or something to get it .225, so no harm to do whatever you want. Pretty hot round. Unless it is a late production barrel intended for smokeless, likely won't last long before it is burned out.
Nice varmint rifle, but not a very useful target round.
If an original barrel and you want to go to another cartridge more suited to target shooting of the Schuetzen or BP variety, lining could work better than reboring, depending on the cartridge you choose. Reason being is that a liner may not require the barrel to be set back while a rebore may unless you go with a larger cartridge that can be rechambered in the .225 without a set-back.
Which trigger?
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Re: high wall in .225 Win
Reply #2 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 9:25am
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Hmmm.
Original chambering.
Flat - coil - not a clue.
I think it had the DST.

THinking strongly on relining.
  

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Reply #3 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 9:43am
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Don't believe it can be an original chambering as the .225 Win is a cartridge that came out in the mid-60s. Last of the 1885s were made shortly after WWI. Are you sure it isn't a 25WCF (25-20)? If it is, that would be terrific Schuetzen caliber/cartridge.

There is always the possibility that the rifle went back to the factory for a .225 barrel. Winchester would still do custom work on customer guns back then. If so, could be a real collectors rifle and you would want to think about saving the barrel and putting on a new one instead of lining.

DST - sweet. Wish I could find the parts to make mine a DST. Make that "wish I could find the parts that I could afford.............."

Doesn't really matter if it is a flat or coil spring model. Both are excellent.

Some research on cartridge dimensions will tell you which cartridges can be rechambered in the .225 Win. 38-55 is likely the smallest and it may not be large enough. Most of the smaller cartridges that folks like for Schuetzen (32-40, etc.) will require a liner or the barrel being set-back (set-back is a killer for value on an original rifle barrel).

Sounds like a great find.
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Reply #4 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 9:53am
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Thanks!
I'll know in a week or so whether the guy wants to part iwth it.
  

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Reply #5 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 11:44am
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It sounds a lot like a 60's or early 70's varmit rifle. Does it have a Winchester cresent type butt plate or a varmit style stock?

Regarding value, I bought my 225 varmit conversion for $700 at a gun show about 5 years ago (maybe 6). It has a CC DST, I bought it because I thought it was at least a $1000 rifle.

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Reply #6 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 12:30pm
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Frank -
Looks right much similar.
I don't recall on the butt plate - likely flat.
  

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Reply #7 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 3:40pm
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Frank - is the conversion a different barrel or the original with a rebore or rechamber?
  

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Reply #8 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 3:49pm
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Mine has a new barrel installed on it.

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Reply #9 - Sep 9th, 2013 at 9:31pm
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Long before the internet and JapChesters (1967 or so) , I bought a Winchester Highwall  that had been rebarreled to 225 Winchester.  That was back when the 225 was supposed to replace the 220 Swift.  I was just thinking of rebarreling to a black powder cartridge, but the dealer threw in a box of factory loads.  I put an 8X Weaver on that rifle to try it and was getting 2" groups at 300 yards off the hood of my M-37.  Decided to leave it alone and keep it for a while.  It wasn't very pretty and I considered the stock work kind of "clubby,"  but it sure shot great.  Eventually I traded it for a Stevens 44 1/2 in 38-55  Why mess with a good thing?.

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Reply #10 - Sep 10th, 2013 at 1:04am
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I've only shot my three times. Once with 4064, once with Varget and once with the ammo that came with it. Reloads of 4895, all with 55 gr bullets.

33.0 gr of Varget shot best with a 1/2" 100 yard group. I was going to try 33.3 on my next outing but, bullet casting has gotten in the way since then Smiley

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Re: high wall in .225 Win
Reply #11 - Sep 10th, 2013 at 9:29pm
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The 225 is a wonderful cartridge, you can find Winchester brass with a little effort. After missing a few over the years I finally scored a very nice CC Johnson set trigger high wall stocked by Hal Hartly,  1 1/4" Unertl. it shoots well under an inch with 4064 and 52 gr bench rest bullets.
  
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