The Winchester Model 67 is a bolt-action single-shot rifle chambered in .22 LR. The Model 67 was introduced in 1934 as a boy’s rifle or target rifle, and it’s generally used for plinking. In the end, the Winchester Model 67 couldn’t compete with the Marlin 60 and Winchester discontinued production in 1960.
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Editor ReviewA single-shot .22 is about as basic a rifle as one can imagine. The bolt-action Winchester Model 67 in particular is about as basic as a gun can get, and yet it still has a certain charm.
My own 67 once belonged to my great grandfather and while I have no idea how many rounds this battered rifle had already spat out, I have put at least a thousand through it myself. In spite of being at least 60 years old, it is still accurate and reliable.
The 67 has a few unique design features. The receiver and barrel are a single unit forged from the same steel. The rifle is essentially a takedown unit, since only a single broad screw needs to be removed to pull it out of the stock. That stock is a nicer piece of walnut than one usually finds on high-priced production rifles today. The open sights are serviceable enough for typical plinking inside of 50 yards. I suppose that you could scope one of these if you really wanted to, but you will have to have a gunsmith drill and tap it for the mount (which would have to be custom made) and by the time all is said and done you could buy a newer scoped rifle for less money. Note that this model has been out of production since the 1960’s and parts can be hard to come by.
These things are a lot of fun. I know that we tend to think of single-shots as slow and limiting, but I have spent many a pleasant afternoon sitting on the back porch with an open box of .22s beside me and this rifle in my hands. With no scope blocking the top of the receiver, this bolt action is very quick to reload.
The mind tends to jump from ‘single shot .22’ to ‘beginner’s youth rifle’ very quickly, but both the length of pull and the overall length of the rifle make it poorly suited for teaching a child the basics. It is just too big for most kids, although it is very light weight.
Old 67’s are inexpensive and remain plentiful on the used market. Unlike most vintage Winchesters, all but the rarest variants tend to go for less than $150. Winchester did not put serial numbers on any of those destined for the American market, so it’s not always easy to identify rare years.
If you have one of these old girls sitting in a closet or gun safe as a family heirloom, there is no need to let it collect dust. With little to no collector value you don’t need to handle it with kid gloves. The barrels of .22 rimfires can usually handle well over 10,000 rounds before wearing out. Go ahead, take it out to the range and shoot it. Your great grandfather would probably be happy to see it in use.