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Old October 15, 2011, 09:39 PM   #1
Walt Sherrill
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Join Date: February 15, 1999
Location: Winston-Salem, NC USA
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1903 Winchester .22 Rimfire Auto...

I've got two of these old guns, both in good shape, but both have been "restored" -- improved, reblued, etc. So their value as collectibles is much less than if they had been left stock but worn.

My question -- can they be converted to .22 LR by installing a 1963 barrel. (I remember, I think, reading that a rebarrel was all that was needed, but can't find the original source.)

I'd sacrifice one of them to THAT conversion, and leave the other in the gun safe if there was any chance that it would work. I'd love to be able to shoot one of these old guns, again -- and I haven't seen Winchester rimfire Auto ammo for the gun for a number of years (except at collector prices.)
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