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History of Winchester's Custom Shop Stamping
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May 18, 2022 - 1:00 pm
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Does anyone know the history of Winchester’s Custom Shop stamps on firearms?  Seems many of the late New Haven-built custom rifles were proof stamped “CS” to indicate they were finished in the Custom Shop.  Would like to know when this practice began and/or when it stopped?  Did it continue with the guns made in South Carolina?  Is there any way to know if a Pre-64 Model 70 was finished in the Custom Shop?

Lots of random questions, I know, but inquiring minds…..

Thanks in advance for any info.

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Do you have a picture of the stamping your referring to? Also where is it at? Top of Barrel? Bottom side of Barrel? On the Receiver? Etc.

As I’ve seen multiple two alphabetical and/or numerical stampings that mean various things on Winchesters.



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Maverick, sorry, I don’t have a picture.  However, I’ve seen several Models 70 from the Custom Shop with their proof on top of the barrel just forward of the action.  I was just curious as to when Winchester started adding the Custom Shop proof.  I suspect it was in the final years of production at New Haven, but I haven’t seen anything written on the subject.

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