First Look: Winchester Xpert Bolt-Action .22

Winchester has introduced a bolt-action version of the autoloading Wildcat that's perfect for plinking
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The Winchester Xpert bolt-action 22 rifle.
The new Winchester Xpert 22 is a bolt-action modeled after its auto-loading predecessor, the Wildcat. Winchester / Outdoor Life

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If this new Xpert Bolt-Action .22 rifle from Winchester looks familiar, that’s because it’s modeled after its autoloading cousin, the Wildcat, which was introduced in 2019. The kid-friendly rifle is now offered in a bolt-action, with a smooth trigger that will appeal to adults and some key features make it the perfect plinker for a young shooter to grow into.

Winchester Xpert Bolt-Action .22 Specs and Features

  • Caliber: 22 LR
  • Barrel Length: 18 inches
  • Overall Length: 36 1/4 inches
  • Length of Pull: 13 1/2 inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs, 8 oz
  • Twist Rate: 16″
  • Stock Finish: Gray
  • Barrel Material: Steel
  • Stock Material: Composite
  • Receiver Material: Steel
  • Magazine Type: Detachable
  • Magazine Capacity: 10
  • MSRP: $319.99

The Xpert sports an adjustable rear sight and ramped post front sight, although the receiver is drilled and tapped for a scope. As you can see in the video, the bolt-action comes with a clip-on cheek riser that elevates the comb by half an inch, as well as spacer for the butt stock that adds another 3/4-inch to the length of pull. Other thoughtful touches include a Picatinny rail on the underside of the forearm, and an ambidextrous magazine release. The Xpert accepts aftermarket 10/22 magazines, and has an adjustable three-lever Rimfire M.O.A. trigger that makes the Xpert plenty of fun to shoot.

Video by Tanner Denton