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September 15, 2006

Winslow Arms: Wildly Impractical, Yet Works of Art

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

Winslow

From 1963 until 1996, Winslow Arms (first based in Florida, then in South Carolina) produced bolt-action sporting rifles the likes of which were never seen before, and will never be seen again. They were bolt-action centerfires, all based on commercial FN Mauser actions. All had blind magazines, and all were heavy rifles. Not many were made, and photos of them are extremely rare, so you’ll have to use your imagination. In fact, the only photos I know of are on p. 108 of the 1966 Gun Digest. [Editor’s Note: We searched the Internet after Dave wrote this and lucked into the picture above.]

Winslows were made in three stock styles, and in six grades. The Bushmaster was the basic stock, a slimmed-down version of the Weatherby Mark V stock. The Powermaster was a Bushmaster with a fluted, rollover comb and a flared recoil pad. The Plainsmaster was the Powermaster to the 10th power; all lines swooped, flared, dipped, and dived. It looked like a prop from a Buck Rogers movie.

Grades ran from Commander (plainest) to Imperial. Regardless of grade, all Winslows shone like mirrors. The stocks were finished in some kind of synthetic that was polished like glass, and the metalwork was polished and blued by a secret process that involved a cyanide hardening bath, and resulted in a brilliant black finish that I’ve never seen duplicated.

But what really set Winslows apart was the checkering, carving, and inlay work you could have lavished upon them. This was done by a fellow named Nils O. Hultgren who was, simply, a master. You could get basketweave checkering or oak leaf carving in place of standard checking, contrasting-wood-and-ivory inlays, metal engraving and a choice of walnut, myrtle, or maple for your stock wood.

But this scarcely conveys the effect of seeing an all-out Winslow in person. It was like a Christmas tree gone berserk, or a laser light show. As a hunting rifle, it was as wildly impractical as you could get. And yet…in their own overdone way, they were fine guns, works of art, even. And if you can find one of the high grades today, it will fetch over $6,000, which is nearly five time what it cost in 1966. So someone must appreciate them. Can Pamela Anderson act? Who cares?

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from Ted wrote 5 years 42 weeks ago

....my email address is tmg60@hotmail.com

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from Ted wrote 5 years 42 weeks ago

I have a like new Winslow 22-250.....with leaf carvings, ivory inlays, jeweled bolt, walnut, redfield scope, etc... This rifle is flawless - like new. I inherited it from a relative who collected guns. It's too nice for me to take out to shoot. If anyone is interested, please email me - I can send detailed pics. Thanks!

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from Barry O'Neill wrote 6 years 1 day ago

I saw a typo after i posted the model of my winslow is a plainsmaster. Also my rifel has a Bushnell 4x12 scope.

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from Barry O'Neill wrote 6 years 1 day ago

My wife purchased a rifle for me for our first anniversary April 3 1966. She gave me a lainsmaster model that only has the Winslow Logo inlayed in the forarm , and an inlay in the teardrop pistol grip. It is a 264 mag that has a mauser action, a douglas stainless steel barrel and a timmaney trigger group .Am a retired Memphis firefighter. If there is a interest in owning this gun my e mail oneillautotrans@yahoo.com

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

I would be interested in the winslow you have for sale !!

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from Danford Sawyer wrote 6 years 9 weeks ago

Winslows were made right down the street from my house. I lived in south Sarasota just north of Osprey.The Hultgrens owned a gift shop that she ran every day while he worked building the rifles in a shop out back. In the back of the gift shop was a small roped off cubicle with a rack of Winslow rifles going down either side of the room.Mr Hultgren had a number of wealthy clients including many wealthy captains of US industry and even the Shah of Iran (Mohammed Reza Pavlavi).

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

And I thought Weatherby's stocks were eccentric...

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from robert gorton wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I also purchased a Winslow .264 mag. in 1969.Still have original sales slip and lifetime waranty.shoots sub m.o.a. and I would never part with it. It was $ 390.00 plus $ 10.00 extra for mag. caliber.

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

If you are interested in purchasing a crown grade winslow 22-250 in 98% condition, only being fired once (best of my knowledge) I would be willing to sell it if the price is right. Rifle was first purchased in 1967. Original catalog included. Pictures on request. Hwysnake@sbcglobal.net

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

To Hunter, Looking at my Winslow catalog I would say from your picture you have a regimental grade since the forearm carving does not extend to the under part of the forearm.

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from hunter wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago
from Hunter wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

for those of you curiousthis is what my .264 winslow looks likehowever i would like to know what "grade" it is as i inherited it from my granddad before i was even born and never had the opportunity to ask him myselfit is one of the most accurate long range weapons i have ever owned

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 29 weeks ago

To correct my mistake above, The rifle I purchased is what I believe a CROWN grade Winslow 22-250. Not sure I would ever sell this one since it is so beautiful and rare, but everyone has their price.

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 29 weeks ago

I just picked up what I think is a Royal Grade Winslow 22-250. It is in almost new codition only being fired once. I paid 1100 for it. It is a very beautiful rifle with a wolf inlaid in ivory and eboney on the butt stock to go along with all the other carvings and inlays. I also have a winslow catalog from when the rifle was first purchased in 1967. I am very happy with my purchase

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from John Murphy wrote 6 years 29 weeks ago

I need anyones knowledgable opinion about a rifle I stumbledinto while searching for an affordable one that would fit my budget,then something caught my eyehidden in the corner of the display rack, was a rifle so beautiful and have never seen one like it or similar to it,until today. I could not afford the $700.tagged to it,so I put it on lay away,I now own a rifle similarin description to the ones described as a winslow rifle.The rifle from the butt has 5 rectangular angled inlays,of a material which i believe is ivory,and the pattern changes to triangular mosaic of large and small triangles, then a triangle within a triangle.inner triangles are black, about 5 inches before the tip of the stock the triangular patterns are suddenlystopped obtrusively disrupting the flow by a large white dot. then the angular patterns of long angledrectangles resume againand terminates about 2''before thetip of the stock which is capped by a solid piece of what I believe is ivory.the pistol grip of the rifle is capped by the same material inlaid at the center by a white triangle,bordered on both sides by equilateral triangles,the finish is unique that when yoy run your hand accross the length of the stock,using any motion ,you will never feel or break in the smoothness of the stock,no indentations or protrusions or indentations are felt at all,Theguns barrellis similsr to a winslow barrel,also has custom manual sights by williams, and has a weaver hawk 40x scope mountedright below the hawk name is a name or trademark clearly read as J.UNERTL. what is amusing here is that all this work was done on a Remington model 721, I have not measured the barrel length,but I have a feeling that it was probably chambered as a 30.06 or .270, I have pictures of this rifle, would anyone of you care to have a look at it and give me you're opinion.Many Thanks.John Murphy

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from mike mikulaninec wrote 6 years 34 weeks ago

mine is a plain jane 270 win with a classsic walnut stock, with Florida address,using a push feed Model 70 action, it looks more like a Kimber than anything.comments please

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from Paul Parashak wrote 6 years 47 weeks ago

I have a Winslow Imperial grade in 300 Weatherby Mag. It is identical to the one described above except the ivory inlay of the stock is a charging lion instead of the stag mentioned above. It is in unfired condition, however, there is two small stock scratches (I have pictures to show location). Mine is available for $6500.

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 6 years 51 weeks ago

Has anyone else seen the extreme-recoil videos? It's making me start to rethink the whole California vs. classic stock style question. It shows a series of people firing a cannon named the .577 T-Rex. Virtually everyone who shoots this behemoth (13,000 ftlb of muzzle energy!) either mounts the stock with the toe into his shoulder (ouch!) or crawls the stock and winds up getting belted in the face by the shooting hand (ouch again). This is due to the basic design of the classic stock which assumes the shooter has little or no neck whereas a good monte carlo stock allows the shooter to have his head upright and the widest portion of the stoch at his shoulder.hmmm.....California 1, classic 0A second problem with the classic stock is the 'open' grip with but a vestige of a pistol grip. This requires the wrist of the shooting hand be almost horizontal, I don't know about anyone else but I find this position tends to cramp my wrist which really wants to be more vertical where it could also aid in soaking up recoil. Sort of like the grip on a california (or thumbhole) stock.hmmmmmm......California 2 classic 0.Maybe the folks that designed the Weatherby and Winslow stocks knew a lot more about matching the gunstock to the human physique than the OFB (Old Foggies Brigade) that has long touted the classic stock as the ne plus ultra of rifle design.

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 7 years 17 weeks ago

got pics email me at jpmacmillan7473@yahoo.comand i will send pics

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from ROBERT BRIDGFORD wrote 7 years 18 weeks ago

All of you Winslow lovers out there who said you passed on one of these beautiful rifles and wish you had that chance again, WELL HERE IT IS! I have in my possession a Winslow Imperial Grade rifle with the basket weave checkering in combination with oak leaves and what I believe to be ebony and ivory inlay of a stag on each of side of the back stock.The forestock has a unicque inlay similar to that seen on the pistol grip of Weatherby rifles but it's inlaid directly below the bolt slide on each side. The pistol grip has an inlay exactly like Weatherby rifles. On the bottom of the forearm is an inlay that is similar to theBelgian coate of arms. There are also inlays on each side at the back of the stock that start where the recoil pad butts against the stock. The gun is chambered in .300 Weatherby Mag. As far as the accuracy of this gun, nobody knows, as this gun is UNFIRED! The cost of this gun is not cheap. Items like this that are fit for a king rarely are.The price is $10,500.00. Call 414-305-7569 for further information. Ask for Bob.I have pictures and am willing to share. E-mail rkbridgford@hotmail.com.

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 7 years 21 weeks ago

i am trying to get some pics to come out clear

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from Phil Van hagen wrote 7 years 21 weeks ago

I would also appreciate any pictures of Gordy Hesselberg's rifle, or of pictures from the catalog he mentions.

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 7 years 21 weeks ago

I would very much like to see pictures. The Hultgren rifle I saw was also a .264 on some sort of Sako action.

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 7 years 23 weeks ago

after years of waiting i was finally given my grandfathers 264 win mag which is a high end winslow . just for a step back in time i had to take it on a hunt not only was it a very personal experience but with no doubt it is one of the finest shooting rifles i have ever owned and shot . let me know if you would like to see pics >>>Jamie

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 7 years 24 weeks ago

I recently discovered an old Gun World magazine from the '60s in my collection in which they tested Winslow rifles. According to the article they were guarenteed to hold 1moa and that guarentee was good for 100 years. I have always had a soft spot for the ornate Weatherby and Winslow rifles. I have tried to emulate them in rifles I have built up but with only very limited success. The originals were carved by the likes of Leonard Mews and Nils Hultgren.I saw a Nils Hultgren rifle in a gunshop about 20 years ago, the stock shape had less flair than the Winslow but it had multiple ebony and ivory animal inlays and the forearm tip was ivory and carved in the likeness of a ram's head. I didn't have the $2400 the dealer wanted and have kicked myself ever since.

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from alaska dave wrote 7 years 26 weeks ago

Still no idea what my Winslow is worth (I hope more than $300). I will just have to take it to a gun show or two. Thanks to Hesselberg, sounds like our guns are comparable. Mine handles well and is certainly accurate.

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from Gordy Hesselberg wrote 7 years 28 weeks ago

I've read with interest the above comments. In most I sense a bit of jealousy for their not owning or even seeing Winslow. Many, if not most of the Winslows these people are whimping about, do not realize that they were presentation rifles. (Not to be used in the field) They are works of art. The craftsmenship was superb. However, the Winslow that I bought in the mid 1960's, is called a HUNTER GRADE --. A cal. 270 WIN. A floating barrel, bolt action, and spring loaded. Nothing fancy about the rifle regarding inlays of gold and ivory or any cross hatching. To me the stock is a pretty graceful flowing piece of work. The front of the stock is tipped with Walnut, separated with a fine white line of some material. The bottom of the flarring pistol grip is finished also the same way. It has a graceful raised rolled over cheekpiece that slopes downward and forward. The black rubber butt is separated by a 1/8 inch white material and next to the stock is a 1/4 inch black material. It is for a right handed person. I am left handed. I qualified expert, shooting right handed in the USMC. I am a bit ambidextrous. To me, this rifle is not heavy. I have been successful in my deer hunts with this rifle shooting left or right handed. If anyone finds this rifle heavy, they are wimps. I at 71, have no problems with it. I also have a small catalogue showing colored pictures of the varlious rifles and grades, and I believe prices, and what you can have to personalize your purchase. I don't remember just what I paid for the rifle, but think about $300. My scope mount covers some letters after the words Hunter Grade. I opologize for being so brash. I do know that it is worth more today than when I bought it. If a picture of the rifle would be appreciated, I would gladly oblige. Respectfully submitted. G.D. Hesselberg

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from mike shickele wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

Phil VNot so, I turn up my nose at both.Mike

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

Funny how the same folks who turn up their noses at stock carvings and ivory/exotic wood inlays will drool over metal engraving and gold metal inlay. The information I get is that a lot of do it yourselfers still prefer the California style stocks.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

AlaskaDave-Any luck on finding a money/value on your rifle,yet?

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from JA Demko wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

Lavishly, even tastelessly, embellished guns have been around ever since there were guns. Have you never seen any of those matchlocks, wheellocks, and flintlocks from various museums? They're encrusted with gold, ivory, engravings, and carvings.

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from jeres wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

A gun designed for people with as we say in the South "More money than brains" further prooof you "Can't Give a Redneck Money to quote Ol' Mr Foxworthy! ;-)

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from Gene Hempstead wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

I ran into a Winslow salesman atDurham's Camp on Saline Lake, La.back in 1964 or 65. He had a car and trunk full of the most beautiful rifles I have ever seen.Even the memory makes me drool.They were all fantastic!!

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from craig j. curtis wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

this story reminds me of my experiance buying my new shotgun a few years ago. i grew up with meat and potatoe guns that servrd me well and i still have and use them ,but it was time to own something a little more special , even though it was still a working mans price it was special to me to own my ruger red label all my fellow shotgunners thought id put in a case and never shoot it for fear i would scratch or dent my blued beuty! no way its in the duck blind everyyear and it still looks brand new with just a little extra love and care ! anyhoo building these extravagant guns is deffinatly a work of an artist and though it may not appeal to the average joe and would probably be out of pres. kennedys budget lol, the fact is theirs a place for fine art in weapons ,a nd i for one love to see these guns even though they will probably never end up in my sortted collection . kudos dave im sure the nra museum has a few in their collection?

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from AlaskaDave wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I have one in 300 Win. Mag. It is one of the lower grades without the curls ans swirls and a fine shooter. How much might it be worth in good to excellent condition?

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I happen to see one of these rifles back in the 1980's, one of my Flight sergents had one..at least I remember it being one of these?Anyway, I agree, beauty is subjective,but as I recall his rifle was quite accurate and handled rather nicely, and that's the bottem line to any rifle. I like the wood, too, hey the curves are a bit crazy, but if it fits the shooter-Have at it!

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from PbHead wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I also think that this was an attempt to go one up on the Weatherby line. Styles all come and go, some stay. The ones that stay are the classics. The Winslows left and provide us with a fine memory, sorta like the back end of a '59 Impala.

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from O Garcia wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I agree with Mike S., the Winslow looks no more than an overdone Weatherby. Maybe that was the point.

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from mike shickele wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Though I'm not really old enough; I remember looking at a Shooters Bible with a lineup of Winslow Arms guns in it. If memory serves me correct, I thought that the bottom end one was a rather nice looking gun. The stock wasn't too wild. With all of the negative comments about these guns, doesn't it make you wonder how Weatherby got away with it?

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from PeterC wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Superb craftsmanship; hideously bad taste. It looks like something crafted at great cost for Saddam Hussein. The Emperor's new gun.

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from concerned_soldier wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Bravo Dave,A real gun article with No politics.I'm so proud of you!!V/RC_S

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from AJG wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Jstreet - well saidI think of firearms as tools to accomplish a task. All of my rifles are workhorses - Weatherby, Browning A-Bolt and Wincherster 94. All solid platforms to do my 'work' with.In my opinoin there's no need to dress up a hammer to pound nails.

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from jstreet wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me, that's one ugly rifle. Impractical, expensive, heavy and butt ugly. I guess ugly guns need love to.Jstreet

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from JA Demko wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

That is one stylin' gat.

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from pmarlow33 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I have an WINSLOW with all the bells from basket weave, oak .leave ., acorn 9 ivory and onyx inlays and a double set trigger . It like the one on your page. I would to have it checked to see if it the real thing. It is the emperors grade with a Jaguar on on rear stock. looking for any help.pmarlow33@yahoo.com

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from Ted wrote 5 years 42 weeks ago

....my email address is tmg60@hotmail.com

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from Ted wrote 5 years 42 weeks ago

I have a like new Winslow 22-250.....with leaf carvings, ivory inlays, jeweled bolt, walnut, redfield scope, etc... This rifle is flawless - like new. I inherited it from a relative who collected guns. It's too nice for me to take out to shoot. If anyone is interested, please email me - I can send detailed pics. Thanks!

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from Barry O'Neill wrote 6 years 1 day ago

I saw a typo after i posted the model of my winslow is a plainsmaster. Also my rifel has a Bushnell 4x12 scope.

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from Barry O'Neill wrote 6 years 1 day ago

My wife purchased a rifle for me for our first anniversary April 3 1966. She gave me a lainsmaster model that only has the Winslow Logo inlayed in the forarm , and an inlay in the teardrop pistol grip. It is a 264 mag that has a mauser action, a douglas stainless steel barrel and a timmaney trigger group .Am a retired Memphis firefighter. If there is a interest in owning this gun my e mail oneillautotrans@yahoo.com

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 6 years 4 weeks ago

I would be interested in the winslow you have for sale !!

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from Danford Sawyer wrote 6 years 9 weeks ago

Winslows were made right down the street from my house. I lived in south Sarasota just north of Osprey.The Hultgrens owned a gift shop that she ran every day while he worked building the rifles in a shop out back. In the back of the gift shop was a small roped off cubicle with a rack of Winslow rifles going down either side of the room.Mr Hultgren had a number of wealthy clients including many wealthy captains of US industry and even the Shah of Iran (Mohammed Reza Pavlavi).

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

And I thought Weatherby's stocks were eccentric...

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from robert gorton wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I also purchased a Winslow .264 mag. in 1969.Still have original sales slip and lifetime waranty.shoots sub m.o.a. and I would never part with it. It was $ 390.00 plus $ 10.00 extra for mag. caliber.

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

If you are interested in purchasing a crown grade winslow 22-250 in 98% condition, only being fired once (best of my knowledge) I would be willing to sell it if the price is right. Rifle was first purchased in 1967. Original catalog included. Pictures on request. Hwysnake@sbcglobal.net

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

To Hunter, Looking at my Winslow catalog I would say from your picture you have a regimental grade since the forearm carving does not extend to the under part of the forearm.

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from Hunter wrote 6 years 23 weeks ago

for those of you curiousthis is what my .264 winslow looks likehowever i would like to know what "grade" it is as i inherited it from my granddad before i was even born and never had the opportunity to ask him myselfit is one of the most accurate long range weapons i have ever owned

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 29 weeks ago

To correct my mistake above, The rifle I purchased is what I believe a CROWN grade Winslow 22-250. Not sure I would ever sell this one since it is so beautiful and rare, but everyone has their price.

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from Mark B wrote 6 years 29 weeks ago

I just picked up what I think is a Royal Grade Winslow 22-250. It is in almost new codition only being fired once. I paid 1100 for it. It is a very beautiful rifle with a wolf inlaid in ivory and eboney on the butt stock to go along with all the other carvings and inlays. I also have a winslow catalog from when the rifle was first purchased in 1967. I am very happy with my purchase

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from John Murphy wrote 6 years 29 weeks ago

I need anyones knowledgable opinion about a rifle I stumbledinto while searching for an affordable one that would fit my budget,then something caught my eyehidden in the corner of the display rack, was a rifle so beautiful and have never seen one like it or similar to it,until today. I could not afford the $700.tagged to it,so I put it on lay away,I now own a rifle similarin description to the ones described as a winslow rifle.The rifle from the butt has 5 rectangular angled inlays,of a material which i believe is ivory,and the pattern changes to triangular mosaic of large and small triangles, then a triangle within a triangle.inner triangles are black, about 5 inches before the tip of the stock the triangular patterns are suddenlystopped obtrusively disrupting the flow by a large white dot. then the angular patterns of long angledrectangles resume againand terminates about 2''before thetip of the stock which is capped by a solid piece of what I believe is ivory.the pistol grip of the rifle is capped by the same material inlaid at the center by a white triangle,bordered on both sides by equilateral triangles,the finish is unique that when yoy run your hand accross the length of the stock,using any motion ,you will never feel or break in the smoothness of the stock,no indentations or protrusions or indentations are felt at all,Theguns barrellis similsr to a winslow barrel,also has custom manual sights by williams, and has a weaver hawk 40x scope mountedright below the hawk name is a name or trademark clearly read as J.UNERTL. what is amusing here is that all this work was done on a Remington model 721, I have not measured the barrel length,but I have a feeling that it was probably chambered as a 30.06 or .270, I have pictures of this rifle, would anyone of you care to have a look at it and give me you're opinion.Many Thanks.John Murphy

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from mike mikulaninec wrote 6 years 34 weeks ago

mine is a plain jane 270 win with a classsic walnut stock, with Florida address,using a push feed Model 70 action, it looks more like a Kimber than anything.comments please

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from Paul Parashak wrote 6 years 47 weeks ago

I have a Winslow Imperial grade in 300 Weatherby Mag. It is identical to the one described above except the ivory inlay of the stock is a charging lion instead of the stag mentioned above. It is in unfired condition, however, there is two small stock scratches (I have pictures to show location). Mine is available for $6500.

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 6 years 51 weeks ago

Has anyone else seen the extreme-recoil videos? It's making me start to rethink the whole California vs. classic stock style question. It shows a series of people firing a cannon named the .577 T-Rex. Virtually everyone who shoots this behemoth (13,000 ftlb of muzzle energy!) either mounts the stock with the toe into his shoulder (ouch!) or crawls the stock and winds up getting belted in the face by the shooting hand (ouch again). This is due to the basic design of the classic stock which assumes the shooter has little or no neck whereas a good monte carlo stock allows the shooter to have his head upright and the widest portion of the stoch at his shoulder.hmmm.....California 1, classic 0A second problem with the classic stock is the 'open' grip with but a vestige of a pistol grip. This requires the wrist of the shooting hand be almost horizontal, I don't know about anyone else but I find this position tends to cramp my wrist which really wants to be more vertical where it could also aid in soaking up recoil. Sort of like the grip on a california (or thumbhole) stock.hmmmmmm......California 2 classic 0.Maybe the folks that designed the Weatherby and Winslow stocks knew a lot more about matching the gunstock to the human physique than the OFB (Old Foggies Brigade) that has long touted the classic stock as the ne plus ultra of rifle design.

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 7 years 17 weeks ago

got pics email me at jpmacmillan7473@yahoo.comand i will send pics

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from ROBERT BRIDGFORD wrote 7 years 18 weeks ago

All of you Winslow lovers out there who said you passed on one of these beautiful rifles and wish you had that chance again, WELL HERE IT IS! I have in my possession a Winslow Imperial Grade rifle with the basket weave checkering in combination with oak leaves and what I believe to be ebony and ivory inlay of a stag on each of side of the back stock.The forestock has a unicque inlay similar to that seen on the pistol grip of Weatherby rifles but it's inlaid directly below the bolt slide on each side. The pistol grip has an inlay exactly like Weatherby rifles. On the bottom of the forearm is an inlay that is similar to theBelgian coate of arms. There are also inlays on each side at the back of the stock that start where the recoil pad butts against the stock. The gun is chambered in .300 Weatherby Mag. As far as the accuracy of this gun, nobody knows, as this gun is UNFIRED! The cost of this gun is not cheap. Items like this that are fit for a king rarely are.The price is $10,500.00. Call 414-305-7569 for further information. Ask for Bob.I have pictures and am willing to share. E-mail rkbridgford@hotmail.com.

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 7 years 21 weeks ago

i am trying to get some pics to come out clear

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from Phil Van hagen wrote 7 years 21 weeks ago

I would also appreciate any pictures of Gordy Hesselberg's rifle, or of pictures from the catalog he mentions.

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 7 years 21 weeks ago

I would very much like to see pictures. The Hultgren rifle I saw was also a .264 on some sort of Sako action.

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from Jamie MacMillan wrote 7 years 23 weeks ago

after years of waiting i was finally given my grandfathers 264 win mag which is a high end winslow . just for a step back in time i had to take it on a hunt not only was it a very personal experience but with no doubt it is one of the finest shooting rifles i have ever owned and shot . let me know if you would like to see pics >>>Jamie

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 7 years 24 weeks ago

I recently discovered an old Gun World magazine from the '60s in my collection in which they tested Winslow rifles. According to the article they were guarenteed to hold 1moa and that guarentee was good for 100 years. I have always had a soft spot for the ornate Weatherby and Winslow rifles. I have tried to emulate them in rifles I have built up but with only very limited success. The originals were carved by the likes of Leonard Mews and Nils Hultgren.I saw a Nils Hultgren rifle in a gunshop about 20 years ago, the stock shape had less flair than the Winslow but it had multiple ebony and ivory animal inlays and the forearm tip was ivory and carved in the likeness of a ram's head. I didn't have the $2400 the dealer wanted and have kicked myself ever since.

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from alaska dave wrote 7 years 26 weeks ago

Still no idea what my Winslow is worth (I hope more than $300). I will just have to take it to a gun show or two. Thanks to Hesselberg, sounds like our guns are comparable. Mine handles well and is certainly accurate.

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from Gordy Hesselberg wrote 7 years 28 weeks ago

I've read with interest the above comments. In most I sense a bit of jealousy for their not owning or even seeing Winslow. Many, if not most of the Winslows these people are whimping about, do not realize that they were presentation rifles. (Not to be used in the field) They are works of art. The craftsmenship was superb. However, the Winslow that I bought in the mid 1960's, is called a HUNTER GRADE --. A cal. 270 WIN. A floating barrel, bolt action, and spring loaded. Nothing fancy about the rifle regarding inlays of gold and ivory or any cross hatching. To me the stock is a pretty graceful flowing piece of work. The front of the stock is tipped with Walnut, separated with a fine white line of some material. The bottom of the flarring pistol grip is finished also the same way. It has a graceful raised rolled over cheekpiece that slopes downward and forward. The black rubber butt is separated by a 1/8 inch white material and next to the stock is a 1/4 inch black material. It is for a right handed person. I am left handed. I qualified expert, shooting right handed in the USMC. I am a bit ambidextrous. To me, this rifle is not heavy. I have been successful in my deer hunts with this rifle shooting left or right handed. If anyone finds this rifle heavy, they are wimps. I at 71, have no problems with it. I also have a small catalogue showing colored pictures of the varlious rifles and grades, and I believe prices, and what you can have to personalize your purchase. I don't remember just what I paid for the rifle, but think about $300. My scope mount covers some letters after the words Hunter Grade. I opologize for being so brash. I do know that it is worth more today than when I bought it. If a picture of the rifle would be appreciated, I would gladly oblige. Respectfully submitted. G.D. Hesselberg

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from mike shickele wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

Phil VNot so, I turn up my nose at both.Mike

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from Phil VanHagen wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

Funny how the same folks who turn up their noses at stock carvings and ivory/exotic wood inlays will drool over metal engraving and gold metal inlay. The information I get is that a lot of do it yourselfers still prefer the California style stocks.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

AlaskaDave-Any luck on finding a money/value on your rifle,yet?

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from JA Demko wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

Lavishly, even tastelessly, embellished guns have been around ever since there were guns. Have you never seen any of those matchlocks, wheellocks, and flintlocks from various museums? They're encrusted with gold, ivory, engravings, and carvings.

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from jeres wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

A gun designed for people with as we say in the South "More money than brains" further prooof you "Can't Give a Redneck Money to quote Ol' Mr Foxworthy! ;-)

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from Gene Hempstead wrote 7 years 30 weeks ago

I ran into a Winslow salesman atDurham's Camp on Saline Lake, La.back in 1964 or 65. He had a car and trunk full of the most beautiful rifles I have ever seen.Even the memory makes me drool.They were all fantastic!!

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from craig j. curtis wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

this story reminds me of my experiance buying my new shotgun a few years ago. i grew up with meat and potatoe guns that servrd me well and i still have and use them ,but it was time to own something a little more special , even though it was still a working mans price it was special to me to own my ruger red label all my fellow shotgunners thought id put in a case and never shoot it for fear i would scratch or dent my blued beuty! no way its in the duck blind everyyear and it still looks brand new with just a little extra love and care ! anyhoo building these extravagant guns is deffinatly a work of an artist and though it may not appeal to the average joe and would probably be out of pres. kennedys budget lol, the fact is theirs a place for fine art in weapons ,a nd i for one love to see these guns even though they will probably never end up in my sortted collection . kudos dave im sure the nra museum has a few in their collection?

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from AlaskaDave wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I have one in 300 Win. Mag. It is one of the lower grades without the curls ans swirls and a fine shooter. How much might it be worth in good to excellent condition?

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I happen to see one of these rifles back in the 1980's, one of my Flight sergents had one..at least I remember it being one of these?Anyway, I agree, beauty is subjective,but as I recall his rifle was quite accurate and handled rather nicely, and that's the bottem line to any rifle. I like the wood, too, hey the curves are a bit crazy, but if it fits the shooter-Have at it!

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from PbHead wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I also think that this was an attempt to go one up on the Weatherby line. Styles all come and go, some stay. The ones that stay are the classics. The Winslows left and provide us with a fine memory, sorta like the back end of a '59 Impala.

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from O Garcia wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

I agree with Mike S., the Winslow looks no more than an overdone Weatherby. Maybe that was the point.

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from mike shickele wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Though I'm not really old enough; I remember looking at a Shooters Bible with a lineup of Winslow Arms guns in it. If memory serves me correct, I thought that the bottom end one was a rather nice looking gun. The stock wasn't too wild. With all of the negative comments about these guns, doesn't it make you wonder how Weatherby got away with it?

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from PeterC wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Superb craftsmanship; hideously bad taste. It looks like something crafted at great cost for Saddam Hussein. The Emperor's new gun.

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from concerned_soldier wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Bravo Dave,A real gun article with No politics.I'm so proud of you!!V/RC_S

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from AJG wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Jstreet - well saidI think of firearms as tools to accomplish a task. All of my rifles are workhorses - Weatherby, Browning A-Bolt and Wincherster 94. All solid platforms to do my 'work' with.In my opinoin there's no need to dress up a hammer to pound nails.

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from jstreet wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me, that's one ugly rifle. Impractical, expensive, heavy and butt ugly. I guess ugly guns need love to.Jstreet

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from JA Demko wrote 7 years 31 weeks ago

That is one stylin' gat.

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from pmarlow33 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I have an WINSLOW with all the bells from basket weave, oak .leave ., acorn 9 ivory and onyx inlays and a double set trigger . It like the one on your page. I would to have it checked to see if it the real thing. It is the emperors grade with a Jaguar on on rear stock. looking for any help.pmarlow33@yahoo.com

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