Before Winchester gifted the world with the divine Model 70 Winchester there was the Model 54. The Model 54 was their first real bolt action rifle for the commercial market. It won’t be any surprise to anyone that it copies the Mauser action like the M1903 and more or less everything else at the time.
Production ended in 1936 when God and Winchester gifted the world with the Model 70 Winchester rifle. The Model 54 came in a few variants, as you can see above, The bottom one holding the most interest to me, the target version with target stock and barrel. The 54 was not suited for optical sight use and the bolt travel and angle of the handle makes it a bit of a pain. This was changed on the Model 70.
The bottom rifle with Unertl would have been a rig for a serious rifleman and varmint/target shooter in it’s day. It is still a great set up now if your tastes for vintage varmint rifle’s is anything like mine. other options included the .22Hornet, .220 swift, .250-3000 .257 Roberts and of course the common stuff. 270, 30-06 etc.