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Old 07-03-2006, 02:59 PM
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Does anybody out there have a Winchester Wildcat? If so do you like it? It sure is a fine looking rifle and I wouldn't mind adding a bolt action rifle to my small collection of rimfires. The other question is, do they still make that particular rifle?
And that, by golly, is all I want to know, thanks. Catahoula.
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Old 07-03-2006, 03:29 PM
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I do not believe that is an American or Japan made gun. Even states "it is crafted from world wide sources". You might want to look at this one coming out this fall. Its a remake of the original Browning T-Bolt. Nice rifle.



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Old 07-03-2006, 04:25 PM
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There is no doubt that Browning makes a fine rifle. When I was a kid a friend and I would hit the woods and shoot squirrels, I always used his brothers Browing boltaction with a five round magazine. What a great rifle, smooth action, nice weight, lots of fun. However the Browning is pretty dad burned pricey, I could pick up two of the " Hailing from parts unknown" Winchester Wildcats for the price of one Browning. I'm not saying the Browning wouldn't be worth it, it's a Browning, of course it's worth it, I just can't afford it. Thanks though. Catahoula.
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Old 07-03-2006, 04:42 PM
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There is no doubt that Browning makes a fine rifle. When I was a kid a friend and I would hit the woods and shoot squirrels, I always used his brothers Browing boltaction with a five round magazine. What a great rifle, smooth action, nice weight, lots of fun. However the Browning is pretty dad burned pricey, I could pick up two of the " Hailing from parts unknown" Winchester Wildcats for the price of one Browning. I'm not saying the Browning wouldn't be worth it, it's a Browning, of course it's worth it, I just can't afford it. Thanks though. Catahoula.

Thats true, but with the Winchester, you getting a gun that has parts in it from who knows where. What about a Savage?? They don't have one in Walnut, but they will shoot the lights out. Very accurate for the money. The only gun I have to outshoot a Savage is my Anschutz. There might be others, but of the .22's I own, that is the only one that will consistantly out shoot the Savage. I almost forgot about the CZ. Very accurate too. Not as accurate as my Anschutz, but much cheaper. Here is a link.
http://www.cz-usa.com/product_detail.php?id=67

They are still priced more than you want I believe.
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Old 07-03-2006, 05:25 PM
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Well the Savage can be had with a wood lam stock and the price is right, it is worth considering. I believe Henery makes a bolt action as well. The CZ is a bit out of my price range as well.
Gizmo you are killing me here. Thanks for showing me what I can't have. Catahoula.
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Old 07-04-2006, 10:40 AM
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I'm sorry Gismo I just now noticed that it's Gismo with an "S" not a "Z", not to mention the extra "E" in Henry. I have been getting up at four in the morning and working till ten or eleven, then going back out at eight till dark. It's hay season, it aint rocket science but it does wear a kid out. So anyway I discovered the the Winchester Wildcat .22 is made in Russia, for better or for worse. The reviews seem to be pretty good, the only negative I read was that the magazines are tough to insert. I would still like to know if any of the shooters forum members have tried this rifle out, gather some opinions, so on and so forth.
Thanks for your input either way, happy fourth. Catahoula.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:39 PM
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I just a bought winchester 22wildcat a few months back.i payed $230 for it new.It shoot good.It is notas nice as in the picture on ther web site.There ok for the money but it still not a true american made rifle it russian.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:30 PM
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i just bought the rifle this morning and mine looks as good as the picture. i must say the price is pretty good and its a more "traditional" looking rife. the bolt and magazine look really good(almost like the .303 setup)
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Like the looks of the rifle, and the limited write ups have been positive so far.

But look like a >303?...take another look at that magazine, where the bolt handle is placed, and that the rifle is made by TOZ in Russsia.
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:45 PM
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Cool

Here is a shooting review of the 2 rifles......

Rimfires - Winchester Wildcat and Browning T-Bolt

I shot one 22 bolt-action rifle that was unmarked except for the "22 Long Rifle" stamped on the side of the heavy barrel. It was apparently an unmarked specimen of Winchester's new Wildcat model (I later saw this same rifle on display as a Wildcat at the SHOT Show), and it left me unimpressed. Magazine is removable single-stack box type, all plastic, and worked fine, but accuracy was not good at all. It's worth noting that the barrel on this gun was not a production barrel, so my results may not be typical.
The other rimfire rifle I shot was worlds away from the Wildcat, and that was the Browning T-Bolt. This sweet little popper has a straight-pull bolt, which makes for very easy - and fast - chambering of ammo. Ammo feed was flawless and very smooth, and the magazine itself is innovative. Sponsored Links

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The T-bolt features a modified rotary magazine that loads ten rounds in an "S" shape (Browning calls it a Double Helix). Call it what you want, it's cool - and it means the magazine doesn't protrude down below the level of the stock. It also has a handy little notched wheel to assist in loading the magazine - you use it to relieve the spring pressure. All in all, a very nice rifle that should enjoy a long and fun-filled future



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Old 12-26-2007, 02:30 AM
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I don't own a Wildcat or a Browning, but...

That Wildcat review is pointless, and it was made that way by the statement "my results may not be typical". Half-assed reviews are a disservice to the manufacturer AND the gun-buying public. Why even bother reviewing a non-production version of a rifle? If "my results may not be typical", how is anyone expected to make an informed buying decision?

I would certainly look for a LOT more information before deciding on whether or not to buy a Wildcat.

For what it's worth, I've heard the barrel is pinned instead of threaded onto the receiver, so accuracy could be an issue (threaded barrels are typically more accurate than pinned barrels). However, you should verify this yourself since I'm obviously equally as informed about the Wildcat as the "reviewer" was.

If it were me, I'd save my money for a CZ-452. It's a known quantity as far as accuracy and reliability are concerned. They can also be had for just a little more than a Wildcat.
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I knid of like the look of that Winchester....but if your dealer would order one of the CZ 452 "Ameerican" models, CDNN has them for $279 (plus whatever your FFl holder would charge you).
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I knid of like the look of that Winchester....but if your dealer would order one of the CZ 452 "Ameerican" models, CDNN has them for $279 (plus whatever your FFl holder would charge you).

Yup - I have two CZ-452s (a Style I got in a trade, and a Silhouette that I bought new), and if I were looking for another bolt-action rifle, CZ would be right at the top of the list of acceptable guns. Any of the available models would be a good choice since they're all very accurate out of the box.

I'm kind of surprised there's not a lot more verifiable info available on the Wildcat. It's been out a while now. I haven't seen many references at all by real people (as opposed to "reviewers").

On a side note, I also have a Henry H001T (octagon barrel). If you want a gun that's just plain fun to shoot and also very accurate, get one of those (I got mine for $280). You can get the standard version for $210-250, but the Octagon version a) affords you the chance to easily change your front site if you so choose, and b) is just so much cooler than a mere round-barrel gun.
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:35 PM
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i just bought the rifle this morning and mine looks as good as the picture. i must say the price is pretty good and its a more "traditional" looking rife. the bolt and magazine look really good(almost like the .303 setup)
I think we'd all be interested in hearing about your experiences with the Wildcat after putting a few hundred rounds of ammo through it.

How's the action?

How's the trigger feel?

Does it eject okay?

What ammo does it like the best? (if you have any target or match ammo, try some of that too.)

What kind of groups are you getting?

How does it feel in terms of balance and comfort when shooting offhand (everybody shoots offhand here, right? )?
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:34 PM
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Ribbonstone-"but looks like a >303?" i meant the slanted design of the safety/magazine general area not so much the rifle
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:04 PM
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I havnt managed to put 100 rounds through it as its been snowing since i got it.
I've shot old imperial, winchester T22 and some remington high velocity "game loads"
Action- the oil that the rifle came drenched in wasnt much of a lubricant so the action was rough, cleaned it of and re-oiled it so it's real smooth, feed ramp is real sharp and lead builds up before the chamber.
trigger-travel about 1/8" trigger is fairly light just over 4 lbs or so, feels light and crisp
i personally prefer a little travel before the sear engages, (the anschuts a shoot with has little to no travel)
ejection is great ejects side and back, about 10 feet from shoulder with loaded cartridge, 3+ with brass,even when ejecting slowly completely clears chamber
groups and best ammo are unclear as yet to buy a scope out of the box sights are fairly spot on
balance-really well rifle balances it self just ahead of mag release very comfortable to shoot no muscle strain due to its light weight in extended unsupported sessions. fits me pretty well concidering such a short rifle, im 5'11
generally a nice accurate rifle for the price
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:10 PM
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a review can be had at this address www.nrapublications.org/sh.%20illustrated/Wildcat.asp
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Ha ha, I asked this question two years ago, it's good to see someone decided to test the water. I decided not to buy the rifle for the simple reason I like my Henery lever action just fine, smooth and not too fancy. I already have a 10/22 gathering dust, because I just don't like it.

So instead of buying a rifle I bought a motorcycle
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I picked up a Ruger 77/22 .22 Mag about 6 months ago and I've probably shot my modified 10/22 3 times, just because I love that bolt action. I hate wasting ammunition and with the 10/22 I would just get the urge to burn through a couple hundred rounds and be done with it. Now I can pick off the farthest pieces of clays that don't get completely busted and should a rabbit try to make a get away, its lights out.
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Someone mentioned "CDNN" and they still have some of the .22s formerly imported as Charles Daly and now being sold as Remington. CDNN is asking $149.95 while Remington is asking $259.95, wholesale, for the same rifle. If I were in the market for another .22 I would jump on that. Too bad they don't have them in .22 WMR but those are long gone.
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