Help identify an old 22

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by tallbump, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. tallbump

    tallbump Supporting Member

    Trying to remember what the 22 that my buddy has is. It's an old Boy Scouts model 22. It has a peep sight and the for end folds down to make a grip. Its a bolt action.

    Anyone know about it? Al?
     
  2. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    Mossberg, I'll check the model number...300 something.:)

    Yep, 320 b.

    That peep sight alone is worth about $100.

    Edit...wait...fold down fore end isn't a 320. And the 340 and 350 series weren't Boy Scout models, I don't think?
     
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  3. undeRGRound

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    Google Says model 142A :p
    For a folding forend, AND Peep Sights
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  5. tallbump

    tallbump Supporting Member

    Thanks for.

    I tried Google and I couldn't find it. I did see references to Mossberg and specifically the 320, but yeah, no folding fore end

    Mike, how did you find it?

    Now, I have to figure out what it's worth.

    I have a line on one and I don't have a bolt action 22
     
  6. ajole

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    Yeah, but that's not a boy scout rifle either, and the first "official" Boy Scout rifle was the 320. There was a 340 in some Boys Life ads though. Robert Stack, the actor, was part of the campaign.:p

    I have a 142a T bolt, a 142a, a pair of 352's, and a Plinkster 702 with the fold down fore end.
     
  7. undeRGRound

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    'Bump, you gave 3 criteria, and I eliminated 1 (Boy Scout) on the second try.
    You had seen the rifle, and knew it had peep sights and folding forend, so
    we knew that was right (or at least on your gun) so I thought maybe BSA
    was not part of the equation. Word-of-Mouth is sometimes incorrect. So
    I relied on your eyewitness account ;)

    I guess I am MIKE now, Fellas...
    I can join Rach and Rat-Rods crew :D
    :dance:

    Mole = MIKE

    I also have a denim jacket with that embroidered over the heart! :eek:
     
  8. ajole

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    Was the gun a single shot, mag fed, or tube fed?

    The Boy Scout gun was single shot, the 142 or 342 is box mag fed.
     
  9. tallbump

    tallbump Supporting Member

    Don't know how mole came out Mike LoL

    He's said several times it is a Boy Scouts rifle. I am not sure why. I know for certain it is bolt action, peep sight and the folding fore end. I have seen it once but that's all I remember.

    I honestly don't remember if its single shot, mag fed or tube. He's got several 22s in each design and it's been awhile since I've seen them
     
  10. ajole

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    Most Mossberg .22's made between 1930 and 1970 had both a rear peep sight and a mid barrel rear sight, and were D&T'd for a scope mount on the left side of the action/barrel. All holes had screws to plug them when not in use. It's sad when there's no rear peep sight, and no screws either, as you know some idiot took the expensive sight off and left the screws out too.:(

    Some were dovetailed for the standard .22 3/8 inch rings.

    The peep sights come in 3 major types, the first two mount on the side at a 9 o'clock position, the last one at a 9:30-10 o'clock angle when viewed from the rear.

    The hinged fore end can be wood or tenite and serves as a monopod, not as a grip. Using it as a grip can break things.

    You can go here to look at the various models.

    http://home.epix.net/~damguy/models.htm
     
  11. undeRGRound

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    So we still don't know, but have narrowed it down...

    My question is HOW MUCH Does he want? ;)
    It would be a great collector, Travis :D (TB)

    Hopefully the mike thing sticks, like I said, I have the jacket :rofl:
     
  12. moona11

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    Mike and Travis = boy band :p
     
  13. undeRGRound

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    You're feeling Froggy Today... :D

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    :rofl:
     
  14. ajole

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    These days, anything under $200 is a pretty good deal with the sights on them.:(
     
  15. tallbump

    tallbump Supporting Member

    Thanks for the info Al. I'll try to get a look at it this weekend, maybe grab some pics. But honestly, if it's a collectible, ill probably pass.

    I want something to play with or hunt with, not a safe queen.

    He mentioned a bolt action 22mag I might be interested in too. Just not sure about finding ammo
     
  16. ajole

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    These days ALL old Mossberg .22s are "collectible" because they are awesome guns. I mean seriously accurate, built to last, and really good sights. Not like the Winchesters where certain models are really good and the rest suck, more like the Remington's, where they are either good, or great.

    But they are GREAT shooters, and shooting them won't hurt the value, so if the price is there, get it!

    Mossberg made some pretty nice .22 mags as well.;)
     
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    NIB $225.00 Ex $179.00 GD $130.00
    Made from 1949 - 1957
     
  18. ajole

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    Which gun? The 142?

    The 320B Boy Scout was 60-71, I think.

    There was a 320K before that, and a 321B and 321K after that, all single shot rifles.
     
  19. beaglenc

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    142A sir!
    320B NIB 200 exc 160 and good 114 American dollars. '60 to '71 BINGO!
    320K NIB200 '58-'60
    321B NIB300 '72-'75
    321K NIB300 '72-'80
    Same basic loss as the others as you go down in grade.
     
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    Beagle, please do my 640T? The one I practically STOLE ;)