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Old 01-02-2020, 08:04 AM
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I remember admiring these rifles back in the day because it was made of all steel and walnut and I liked the resemblance of the models 88 & 100. I did not realize until now that they were made in Canada.
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Winchester bought out the old Cooey arms company in Canada about 1961. I believe they manufactured some Model 94 commemoratives at the Cooey plant as well as the Winchester 670.
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The Winchester 490 is a quality rimfire, for the time it was created. The box magazine, the weight and balance, it was all to emulate the Winchester semi-automatics of the day. Wasn't meant to be a competitor to the plinking rifles of the day. Winchester 490 - 3_1578110835350.jpg
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Old 01-04-2020, 11:38 AM
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Now that I think of it, the grooves on my 490 were too narrow to take the clamps of a Weaver D4 scope. I fixed the problem by laying a length of thin wire in one of the grooves.
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Old 01-04-2020, 02:07 PM
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I read about the rails being narrow (I think it said 5/16" instead of 3/8") but didn't have to deal with it as the rifle came with Weaver rings. The Weavers tightened up fine. bayliner2052 your stock shows some style mines pretty plain figure wise.
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Old 01-04-2020, 02:49 PM
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I read about the rails being narrow (I think it said 5/16" instead of 3/8") but didn't have to deal with it as the rifle came with Weaver rings. The Weavers tightened up fine. bayliner2052 your stock shows some style mines pretty plain figure wise.
I love the furniture on my 490, here's more, Winchester 490 - 4_1578170857046.jpg
Winchester 490 - 2_1578170919685.jpg
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Old 01-04-2020, 03:47 PM
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I have two 490s. Both have decent wood.

They sure would be expensive to make today.
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Old 01-04-2020, 05:01 PM
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Walnut with machined, polished and blued steel receiver. Yes sir it would cost some today.
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Old 01-05-2020, 03:19 PM
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So we have the first nice weather of the new year today. Made it to the range and shot the 490. When I purchased the rifle I also bought a Weaver 4X Medalist 1" scope to mount on it. The scope is where things went south. First the rifle, fired a total of around 175 shots thru it and 3 different 22 loads. To load the rifle you have to rack the bolt back with some authority or it won't pick up the first round out of the magazine. It'll hang up. There's no easing the bolt forward. As long as the bolt was slingshot'd forward it would load the top round and run just fine thru the rest of the magazine. Aside from my learning curve about the bolt there were no failures at all. Both the 5 and 10 round magazines worked fine. The two groups shown were from 50 Yards, the 4 shot group (I didn't work the bolt properly, hence 4 shot) was early in the process and the 15 shot group was the last. Some where in the third set of 15 rounds a shadow began to creep down from the upper right corner of the scope. The Weaver Medalist is a TV screen type scope as opposed to a round sight picture. Some where internally something isn't right. As the shooting went on the scope got blurrier and blurrier so I stopped. I doubt it'll be a target rifle (I never expected it to be) but with a properly functioning scope it should make a fun plinker.
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Anyone want to guess what is in the upper right corner of the scope? When it first started to appear I thought it was one of the internal seals peeling down, now I'm not sure.
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It breaks my heart to see these pictures of the 490 and then compare them to the new Winchester Wildcat semiauto. The 490 may have come from Canada (instead of Turkey) but it looked like a rifle and not like a cordless drill.
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They are well made rifles.

I think a newer Weaver RV-7 or RV-9 would look great on it.
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