Brownells 75th Anniversary - A Shooting Heritage

From the Vault: Winchester Model 64

We've given up trying to tear them away! As long as Keith and Steve refuse to leave the Rock Island Auction Company, they might as well tell us about this beautiful little Winchester Model 64. A deluxe variant of the famous Model 1894 lever action rifle, the Model 64 was in production from 1933 through 1957 (so all 64s are "pre-'64s"). Rock Island's Model 64 is chambered in the now nearly forgotten .219 Zipper. A .30-30 necked down to .22 caliber, the .219 Zipper zipped along at about 2,700 fps. It could reach out and touch woodchucks, prairie dogs, coyotes, and other varmints to about 150 yards. That's as far as you can really shoot with this rifle's iron sights, even with the adjustable rear peep. Today, the .223 Remington does the .219 Zipper's job, and a lever action is not the varmint hunter's rifle of choice. But who wouldn't want a sleek little Model 64 in their collection?

WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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