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Shooting Friends,
I recently acquired a Wickliffe Compadre # 3 rifle chambered in .25-06 Rem. I have been searching the net for any information about this rifle and it's company. I found one small bit of info. which says a co. named Triple S Development of Wickliffe, Ohio was the registered producer. I was told by word of mouth, it was a copy of the Winchester Model 78 Falling Block, if this is accurate. I believe the co. closed in the late 70's. Is there anyone out there who knows anything about this rifle, company, or better yet, has one, who can give me history and a review of the performance I can expect from it.
Thanks............Hoolie
 

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Welcome to the board, Hoolie -

Don't know the answer to your question, but hang on - someone will be along with the info.
 

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Welcome to the board, Hoolie -

Don't know the answer to your question, but hang on - someone will be along with the info.
Thanks for the welcome kdub. I'm sure someone out there will have a little trivia for me. This is a great site, I'm glad to be aboard. Hoolie
 

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Back in the early 80's I came up with a Wickliffe 78 in 270 Winchester in a trade. It was a beautifully finished rifle, exquisitly fitted and superbly accurate. Sadly I was in college at the time, and when a fellow shooter at the range offered me about three times what I was actually into the rifle, it quickly followed him home.

Even when we had the gunshop, and did gunshows every weekend selling, buying and trading, I've never come across another. I recall some really good press about the rifles, but they were SO MUCH MORE expensive than the Ruger No. 1 and No. 3 that were also offered at that time, that I really don't know what kind of distribution they enjoyed. Last I remember seeing them was in the late 70's as a new production gun.

Dont have my traders guide or Blue Book out here in the shop for more exacting answers, but they were really fine rifles when produced.

Hope you got a good deal on your rifle. If you're into single shots, they're a really nice piece.

God Bless,
 

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Thanks for the reply, Marshall. Actually my brother and I acquired two of these rifles, unfired. One in the .25-06 and the other in.22-250 and as pair purchase. They sport 24" varmint weight barrels and have not a scratch on them. A man who has been in the sporting goods business for a number of years said he purchased the pair new in 1976, just before the closing of the company. He had many hunting rifles at his use, and never scoped or shot either. The craftmanship looks to be of high quality just as you stated. Now I'm not sure whether to rig it out or just hang on for a while to learn more of the history regarding these rifles. I too have enough hunting guns where shooting this rifle right away is not a must, or must I? Decisions, decisions! LOL
Hey thanks for the information my friend, I knew I could count on a fellow shooter for a little trivia. Hoolie
 

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Wickliffe 76 Falling Block Rifle...........

Hoolie, you might try contacting

Edward Medves
30708 Ronald Drive
Willowick, OH 44095

A few years ago I wanted to buy one of the rifles and came up with his info. I think he bought out the last of the parts and actions or something. I have a parts break down sheet on the rifle I can send you if you shoot me an e-mail. Hope this helps.

Steve E.........
 

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Hi, The Wickliffe Rifle started in 1976 and went bankrupt in 1980. There were 2400 made but not all were assembled by the time they closed. They are well manufactured, extremely accurate. Welby
 

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Hi, I have yet to find a book that tells much about these rifles. I found the designer of these rifles, and the general manager or the triple s development company. He was a tremendous help. IHe sent me 4 or 5 magezine articles, 4 embroidered patches, and a 26 x 38 poster. Welby
 

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Hi hoolie, I was reading through your thread and decided to check my 24th edition gun traders guide. It seems the Wickliffe '76 came in both 25-06 and 22-250.

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Steve E said:
Hoolie, you might try contacting

Edward Medves
30708 Ronald Drive
Willowick, OH 44095

A few years ago I wanted to buy one of the rifles and came up with his info. I think he bought out the last of the parts and actions or something. I have a parts break down sheet on the rifle I can send you if you shoot me an e-mail. Hope this helps.

Steve E.........
Hi Steve,
Just got one of these rifles in 30-06. Waiting on the 10 Day wait here in California. Could ya E-mail me a parts breakdown too? Would appreciate it!
Thanks,
Newtire
 

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Hoolie,
I bought and built a Wickliffe 76 last year. I was at the gunshow and a guy bought out the remaining inventory, and was selling the guns in kit form. Metal was truly in the white with forge markings still on receiver.
Mine is chambered in 45.70. Heck of a shooter. According to the books I've been able to find on the Wickliffe, the only one that seems to be of high value is the 76 commemorative model with a liberty dollar in the stock. So shoot away.
The gun is modeled after the Stevens 44 1/2.
As somebody posted already they went out of business in 1980, and I believe were based out of Akron Ohio or close to it.
Hope this helps.

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Wickliffe rifle scope bases

Steve E said:
Hoolie, you might try contacting

Edward Medves
30708 Ronald Drive
Willowick, OH 44095

A few years ago I wanted to buy one of the rifles and came up with his info. I think he bought out the last of the parts and actions or something. I have a parts break down sheet on the rifle I can send you if you shoot me an e-mail. Hope this helps.

Steve E.........
Steve

I need a set of scope bases for a Wycliffe .338. Would you email me the parts break down sheet? I'd appreciate it.

My email is [email protected]

Thanks,

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Steve E said:
Hoolie, you might try contacting

Edward Medves
30708 Ronald Drive
Willowick, OH 44095

A few years ago I wanted to buy one of the rifles and came up with his info. I think he bought out the last of the parts and actions or something. I have a parts break down sheet on the rifle I can send you if you shoot me an e-mail. Hope this helps.

Steve E.........
I have a 30-06 in a standart wickliffe rifle. I broke the main coil spring. Can you help me?
 

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ryan wiechmann said:
I have a 30-06 in a standart wickliffe rifle. I broke the main coil spring. Can you help me?

I too just purchased a Wicliffe, the Kodiak Commemorative in 338 Win Mag.

J. C. Gunsmithing at 584 Shingler Dr. in Apollo, PA 15613 bought the remaining supply of parts of Wickliffe (according to them, anyway) and also, according to them, have any part you might need. They also do gunsmithing on them too. Their phone number is 724-339-4151 and their email address is [email protected]

I hope this helps.
 

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I purchased one of the standard rifles when they were shutting down. I remember someone telling when I bought it that Triple S was getting the barrels from Douglas and the wood came from Bishop. Mine was pretty sad, I didn't have it long or even shoot it. It looked like it was assembled from spare parts and had a very ruby red receiver, barrel exterior was very rough and the wood fit was horrible.

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ryan wiechmann said:
I have a 30-06 in a standart wickliffe rifle. I broke the main coil spring. Can you help me?
Yes, we have springs,and all parts for the Wickliffe rifle. We are the Factory repair shop for Wickliffe, as we have all the parts. We are also building custom Wickliffe rifles on special order. Custom barrels, finishes, engraving, stocks, and chamberings.
 

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Yes, we have springs,and all parts for the Wickliffe rifle. We are the Factory repair shop for Wickliffe, as we have all the parts. We are also building custom Wickliffe rifles on special order. Custom barrels, finishes, engraving, stocks, and chamberings.
Google J.C.Gunsmithing for contacts. We are the Wickliffe Rifle Company.
 

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I purchased one of the standard rifles when they were shutting down. I remember someone telling when I bought it that Triple S was getting the barrels from Douglas and the wood came from Bishop. Mine was pretty sad, I didn't have it long or even shoot it. It looked like it was assembled from spare parts and had a very ruby red receiver, barrel exterior was very rough and the wood fit was horrible.

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The barrels were from E.R.Shaw in Bridgeville Pa. The stocks were from Bishop. Mr Kocis, whom we are trying to contact, somehow lost interest in the company.
The receiver was red, because of the nickel in the steel. The receivers were very strong, however when they blued they used Brownells salts, and turned the receivers red. This also happens with Winchester model 94 receivers. The best way to correct the problem is to send it to us, we have the proper bluing solution to get it blue, not red. Or it can be K-Kote finished (it looks fantastic, and wears like iron.)
 
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