It's August 2009 and iIt has been a while since Winchester Repeating Arms announced the Target/Varmint version of it's little, highly accurate bolt action 22 -- the WILDCAT. The good news is they are arriving from the factory to your dealer any day now. Call you dealer to remind them that you've got one on order. Don't let yours get away.
This unique rifle -- just like its sporting-styled brother -- possesses very interesting features that make it fun to shoot and extraordinarily accurate. But it is clearly different in many ways.
The big differences are:
a heavier, target style bull barrel
a more substantial stock design with a more beaver-tail styled fore-end with two sling studs
an adjustable trigger
The new Winchester Wildcat Target/Varmint rifle is made to be highly accurate. To achieve this it is fitted with a heavy .866" diameter bull barrel. Like most 22s, the receiver is "grooved" for rimfire type scope bases. Plus, to maximize your accuracy potential, the receiver is drilled and tapped for bases so you can use centerfire-style scope bases. Never put a bad scope on an accurate rifle. You will never be happy.
While many of today’s smallbore rifles are clunky little plinkers, the Target/Varmint has the look and feel of a full-size hunting rifle. And it comes complete with an adjustable trigger.
Wait, did we just say "adjustable trigger?" Yes we did. And you can adjust it down to a level that will please the most demanding varminter.
And why dual front steel swivel studs?Because when you are in the field it is soooo nice to be able to attach a nice Browning sling for carrying while using the front stud just for your bi-pod alone. This is more comfortable and much easier to attach and detach either the sling or bi-pod. This feature only matters if the Wildcat has the accuracy that makes a bi-pod worth having. It does!
The pinpoint accuracy of the Wildcat Target/Varmint will make you a believer from the very first shot.
To get you shooting, one 5-round and three 10-round magazines are included. That is right: THREE 10 rounds are included. These little composite magazines are very easy to load and feed very reliably and smoothly.
Most photos of the Wildcat Target/Varmint show it with a scope mounted. You will want to look for a good scope -- since they are not included -- and since this rifle is capable of some very nice accuracy. With the right ammunition we have had many examples of 1" groups at 50 yards and under the right conditions, with the right ammo and the right shooter, you may achieve similar accuracy clear out to 100 yards.