Winchester High Wall

Winchester High Wall

Restoration Notes

I restored this Winchester .22cal High Wall target rifle in 1953. The rather rarely encountered set trigger is sometimes called a "single set trigger" or, more properly, a "close-coupled (CC) set trigger". Having disassembled and studied how this type of trigger worked, I trued up and polished all the mating surfaces, using a Hard Arkansas stone as the final abrasive. I then took all the little parts to the heat treating department of the Company where I worked at the time, and had them case– hardened in a melted cyanide bath. This produced an extremely hard surface on the steel parts, insuring that they would maintain the proper geometry for 'all time to come'. The brass Schutzen style butt plate was nickel plated in the chemistry department.

The few dents in the stock were removed my applying a damp cloth and heat to each spot via a pressing iron. The stock was then sanded smooth, rubbed with a damp cloth and then dried quickly by running it over the flame of a kitchen stove. The dry raised “whiskers” were sanded off. (This process is commonly known as “de-burring”). The stock was then stained, sealed with a silica sealer, rubbed with fine pumice and rottenstone (using paint thinner as a lube), wiped clean and given a French polish using an alcohol solution of flaked shellac, applied lightly with a small cloth pad, its surface slightly primed from time–to–time with a drop or 2 of lemon oil. This method was taught me by John Pasciutti, an Italian master cabinet maker who used to build pianos in Milan.

The rifle was built around 1900–1910, in an era when target competition was a very popular national sport in the USA. (How times have changed!) I equipped it c.1960 with the fine Unertl 20X, 1.5” scope. The rifle is an exceptional tack driver, and is a particular favorite of mine, for obvious reasons.


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