What was the MSRP of your favorite .22 in 1978?

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Cholo

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I saved some old magazines and I recently pulled this one out for a good read. 22LR is my favorite cartridge and I'll bring three 22's for every CF I bring shooting.





I do question Jim Woods Winchester 9422M shooting 1 1/2" groups at 100 yds LOL

So what did our favorite .22's cost in 1978--MSRP?

Double Action revolvers:

Colt Diamondback 4" blue $211.95

S&W Model 18 4" $167.50

S&W Model 17 6" $165.00

S&W Model 48 22 Mag. 6" $176.00

S&W Model 34 blue $141.50

Single Action revolvers:

Ruger Super Single Six Convertible $105.45 blue $147.50 stainless :shock:

NAA Mini $95.00

(My favorites--the Colt Peacemakers and New Frontiers--were temporarily discontinued when this was published.)

Semi Auto pistols:

Browning Challenger $134.50

High Standard Sharpshooter $143.50

Ruger Standard Model $87.50

Ruger Mark 1 Target and Bull Barrel $112.50

S&W Model 41 $214.00

Semi Auto rifles:

Browning SA-22 entry level $167.50

Marlin 49DL $79.95

Remington 552 A Speedmaster $99.95

Remington Nylon 66 $84.95

Ruger 10/22 Carbine $79.50

Ruger 10/22 Sporter $91.50

Winchester Model 490 $199.95

Bolt Action rifles:

Marlin 780 $69.95

Remington 581 $79.95

Remington 541-S $199.95

Lever Action rifles:

Browning BL-22 entry grade $127.50

Marlin Model 39A $134.95

Winchester 9422/9422M $169.95/$174.95

Pump rifles:

Browning BRP-22 $157.95

Remington 572-A Fieldmaster $104.95

Of course, this is only a partial list. Let me know if there's a particular .22 you'd like to know the MSRP of in 1978.

Now, who will be the first to say they wish they could buy them today for those prices? :mrgreen:
 

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I think it was 1977 or 1978,, I was in Tx. and a gun shop. Owned a Ruger Std auto. I was looking at a Ruger bull bbl, 5-1/2" that had been "worked on." THe barrel had been drilled & re-sleeved, & a bunch of other custom work. The shop offered to take my std in on trade,, and me give them another $100 to buy that bull barrel. I didn't know who Jim Clark was at the time,, so I passed on that custom.
 

jimd441

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Thanks Cholo, does your reference cite the list price for a Weatherby Mark xxii?

Thanks,

Jim
 

kmoore

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That was about the year I had my dad help me get into a master class rifle, Walther UIT I think it was close to 800 bucks with accessories. Sold that in 2012 for 1600 after untold cases of match ammo fired thru it. Last I checked the line was over 5,000.
On common guns, I had a Ruger std auto about 59 bucks and a 10-22 was about same price.
 

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In 1977, I paid 117.50 for my first Ruger, a Mk I target 6 7/8". Looks like they ripped me off for over 5 bucks!!! :lol:

That gun has probably had 40,000 rounds down the tube, has no finish except "patina" on the grippy part of the frame, and has a pin that falls out of the mainspring assembly every time I take it apart for cleaning. It sports a nice set of checkered walnut thumb rest grips too.

I think I've gotten my money's worth out of it, even if I was overcharged. :)
 

wiz1997

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Didn’t own any .22's in 1978.

I did have two M1 Carbines I paid $75 each.

Also had a Blackhawk in .30 carbine, I paid $75 for it also.
 

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funny how things go. i offered these to many of my friends years ago, and no one wanted them. i ended up tossing them all.
tons of good info was there.
such is life.


 

Mike J

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You got me curious so I went & looked. $100 in 1978 would be the equivalent of $419 dollars now.

The only .22's I currently have are a few Marlin/Glenfield rifles & a Buckmark Camper. I don't even know if the Buckmark Camper was made then.
 

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The 9422M I bought in 1973 was a little less than the '78 price I think. Around $120. Sold it a couple months ago for $1200. Figuring inflation that would be around $740 today, so not a terrible investment.
 

bobski

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prices are for the most part relevant to inflation.
sounds cheap when you look back, but back then it was still a lot.
 

kmoore

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Cholo, was that from a 1978 catalog, That sounds about right for the basic rifle. But they did not not come scope mounts.
They did have a dove tail slot on the receiver. I added the scope mounts on the barrel, a palm rest, butt hook, had a custom job done to the cheek piece and length of pull. It made the butt extend and cant and the cheek piece could raise for prone shooting with a scope.
I also installed a adjustable iris on the rear sight and a bigger globe front sight with clear plastic apertures instead of the metal type along with a 2 step sight base. That iris was like a camera lens and would become bigger or smaller with a twist for different range conditions and it had a polarizer filter that was also adjustable. That was nice when shooting in bright sun light.
 

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I bought myself a Marlin 99 for my 18th birthday in 1968. I still have it. Cost me $49.99 at Zody's one of those knock off Sears that were popular in the 60s.
 

kmoore

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That one does have scope mounts and the stock is shaped different. Mine had the stock flush with the bottom of trigger guard for about 4 inch's then curved up and straight to end of stock. Barrel, action, sights and trigger appear the same.
BTW, I had 2 of those model 64s in the above photo. The first was used in 4 years of high school. I broke the firing pin from too much dry firing at one point the bolt stopped fully cocking. I had to have the rear part of the bolt replaced. The 2nd I bought used and kept it a few years without shooting it. Sold it to a friend for his son.
 

Rick Courtright

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RSIno1 said:
And 22LR was 49 cents a box - 39 on sale.

Hi,

And you could buy it at Sears, Montgomery Wards, Western Auto, J.C. Penney, Woolworths (I think), and Target. There were more, but those are the ones I remember buying ammo from then...

I haven't been thru Mojave, CA, since they redid part of the freeway a few years back, but there used to be a little ol' liquor store in the middle of town that had a faded sign painted on one outside wall. "Ammo" ;)

Rick C
 

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