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Winchester Wildcat Bolt-Action Rifle Owners Manual
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GUN SAFETY WARNINGS
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THESE OPERATING INSTRUCTIONSBE THOROUGHLY STUDIED BEFORE USING THIS FIREARMTO ASSURE PROPER AND SAFE GUN HANDLING. FAILURETO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS OR FAILURE TO OBEY ANY SAFETY WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS, OR CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR FIREARM.
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between life anddeath. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handlingof any firearm. At all times handle your rifle and anyother firearm with intense respect for its power andpotential danger.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE CAUTIONS,PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONSOUTLINED IN THIS OWNERS MANUAL BEFORE USINGYOUR NEW FIREARM.
1. Do not carry a loaded firearm with a live cartridge inthe chamber while walking, running, climbing a tree, crossing a fence or anywhere you might slip or fall, drop the firearm or otherwise bump or jar the firearm.A firearm that is dropped, bumped or jarred with achambered cartridge might accidentally discharge evenwith the safety on, causing serious injury or death to you
or someone else. When you are ready to shoot and acartridge is chambered, keep the safety on until shooting is imminent.
2. Do not rely on the safety to prevent accidental discharge.Many safeties merely block the trigger and prevent firing by pulling the trigger. The safety may not preventan accidental discharge due to dropping, jarring orbumping a firearm.
3. Use only ammunition for which the firearm ischambered, as indicated on the barrel, to preventexcessive pressure and possible serious personal injury.
4. Incorrectly reloaded ammunition can cause serious personal injury and damage to the firearm due to excessive pressure. Reload only after proper instructionand in strict compliance with instruction and data contained in current reloading manuals.
5. Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend toshoot. Always keep it pointed in a safe direction in caseof accidental discharge.
6. Always check to ensure that the barrel is free ofobstructions before loading and using the firearm. If you experience light recoil or an off sound, check the barrel for an obstruction.
7. Before firing, clean any grease or oil out of the barrelwith a cleaning rod and patch. Grease or heavy accumulation of oil can cause excessive pressures andresult in serious personal injury.
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8. Keep the barrel, chamber and action free of rust. Rust in the barrel and chamber can cause excessivepressures resulting in serious injury. A rusted, pitted or eroded barrel should be replaced.
9. Use hearing protection to prevent ear damage from repeated exposure to gunfire.
10. Always use proper shooting glasses to prevent eye injury from flying particles.
11. Never carry a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle orcarry one into a dwelling. Always carefully unload the firearm before entering a motor vehicle, a dwellingor an area such as a camp. Always point firearms in asafe direction while loading or unloading to preventserious injury in case of an accidental discharge. Neverload your firearm in a house or in a vehicle.
12. Never shoot at a hard, flat surface or at the surface ofwater, to avoid a ricochet and possible serious personalinjury to yourself or a bystander.
13. Store firearms in a clean, dry place out of reach of children and separated from stored ammunition.
14. Never alter any parts of your firearm. Any alterations or adjustments that may become necessary to the operating mechanism should be performed by a qualified gunsmith.
15. Hunting from elevated surfaces, such as tree stands, isdangerous. Doing so may increase the risk of handlingany firearm. Always make certain that the stand beingused is safe, sturdy and stable. Always make certainyour firearm is unloaded when it is being taken up anddown from the stand. Always make certain that yourfirearm is not dropped from the stand or dropped whileit is being taken up or down from the stand.
16. Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaningfirearms or handling ammunition may result in exposureto lead and other substances known to cause birthdefects, reproductive harm and other serious physicalinjury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Washhands thoroughly after exposure.
The Winchester Wildcat is a bolt-action rifle capable ofexcellent accuracy. The Wildcat is ready for many years ofservice, plinking at the range or hunting small game. Studythis owners manual carefully to be sure you have coveredall information about your new rifle.
Refer to Figure 1 for general part descriptions regardingyour new rifle. You must become familiar with all partnames listed before proceeding with the rest of theinstructions in this owners manual.
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IMPORTANT: ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. USE THE CORRECT AMMUNITIONREFERENCED BY THE INSCRIPTION ON THE BARREL.BEFORE LOADING YOUR GUN BE SURE ALL GREASE AND OIL HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BARREL AND CHAMBER, AND THERE ARE NO OBSTRUCTIONS.
The Wildcat is a bolt-action design that allows you to load a cartridge by cycling the action and moving a cartridge from a loaded magazine to the chamber. This can be repeated until the magazine is empty.
Prior to using live ammunition, familiarize yourself thoroughly with these operating instructions. Get accustomed to the feel of your new gun, know the forcesrequired to operate the action. Learn how to pull the
trigger and, above all, know the location and operation ofthe safety. Procedures for disassembly and operation ofvarious components are outlined in the sections in thisowners manual. Please read and study them thoroughly.
TERMINOLOGY AND DESCRIPTIONS
Descriptions in this owners manual generally refer to thefirearm in the horizontal position. That is, in the normalfiring position. For example, the muzzle is forward or front;the buttstock is rearward or rear; the trigger is downwardor underneath; the sights are upward or on top. For generalparts terminology, refer to Figure 1. Figure 2 covers thegeneral features and benefits of the Wildcat design.
Throughout this owners manual, the action refers to the mechanism of this rifle which loads and secures thecartridge in the chamber.
FIGURE 1Cocking Indicator
Action Bolt Ejection Port
Front SightRear Sight
Butt Plate Trigger GuardButtstock
(Continued on page 6.)
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The Wildcats cocking indicator is easily seen, orfelt by the thumb, letting you know the status ofyour rifles firing pin.
The safety lever and magazine release are conveniently located and easily operated with the index finger.
The receiver is grooved to accept scope mounts.
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The rear sight folds down for use with a scope.
10-round and 5-roundmagazines are included. Theirslim, reliable design keeps thedimensions of the rifle narrow.
The hardwood stock features borderedcut checkering, steel swivel studs, comfortable dimensions and a signatureSchnabel fore-end.
The muzzle is target crowned tomaintain accuracy.
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The serial number is located on the left side of the receiver,forward of the ejection port. Record the serial number atthe front of this owners manual for future reference.
Some metal parts of your new Wildcat rifle have beencoated at the factory with a rust preventative compound.Before first using your Wildcat, a high-quality, light gunoil should be used to remove this compound and to giveyour new gun its first lubrication. Wipe the action and boltclean and apply a few drops of quality oil on the bolt guidelug and guide rails. Clean the barrel using a cleaning rodand patch as explained under Cleaning and MaintenanceSuggestions found on page 14 of this owners manual. It is recommended that the Cleaning and MaintenanceSuggestions be followed before each oiling.
If your new Wildcat is to be stored for an extended periodof time, it is permissible to leave the rust preventativecompound in place and keep your Wildcat in its box formaximum protection during long-term storage.
The Winchester Wildcat rifle must only be used with 22Long Rifle rimfire ammunition as designated on the barrel.
Do not shoot 22 Short or 22 Long ammunition, blanks orbird shot cartridges. Always read the ammunition labeland any enclosures with the ammunition to assure that theammunition is appropriate or that there is no restrictionfor its use with your firearm. We can assume no responsibility for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimension or thosedeveloping pressures in excess of SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) established standards.
Winchester ammunition is always an excellent choice for your new Winchester rifle, delivering the unmatchedperformance and dependability you want.
DISCHARGING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED AREAS, CLEANING FIREARMS OR HANDLING AMMUNITION MAY RESULT IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD