I've been wondering about this ever since they stopped production of these awesome little 22's (they stopped production when they reintroduced the Model 70 again I think in 2009). My dad and grandpa bought me one for my 11th b-day. It has very nice reddish colored wood on it, and looks eerily similar to a Mosin Nagant. For a $200 rifle it shoots very well. At 50 yds. w/ Blaser 22 competition ammo (which is relatively cheap) it shot a 5 shot group about the size of a quarter. From the information I could gather Winchester was not even making them here in the USA, instead they were being made by Tula in Russia. So that is what I am wondering. Why did Winchester stop making such a great 22?