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Question on a Winchester 1866 SRC
April 21, 2019
6:56 pm
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I recently picked up an engraved Winchester 1866 that is a late production gun and it is centerfire. I was wondering if anyone knows how many centerfire 1866's were made. I have never seen one before and have no idea how common they were...

 

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April 21, 2019
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I seem to remember that the number was somewhere close to 1,000 but I could be off on that.

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April 28, 2019
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Didn't most of the center fire 1866 go to a south America order? I seem to remember reading that in the big Winchester book. 

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April 28, 2019
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I think Peru. There is one that letters converted back to rim fire.

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May 6, 2019
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I have a centrefire 66 SRC in the 169k serial range which I think most CF were in the later production run. I agree about 1000 were made. 

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May 6, 2019
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I have a 66 in the 70k range that was converted to CF at some point in its life time.  How can you tell if it was done by the factory or not?  I'm pretty sure mine was done outside of the factory.  

May 6, 2019
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About the only way you can tell is from the quality of the work if your gun is in the unletterable range.

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May 6, 2019
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1873man said
About the only way you can tell is from the quality of the work if your gun is in the unletterable range.

Bob  

  Manuel,   The firing pin has a striker threaded on the end, the striker has two sharp points that hit the rim of a rim fire cartridge, that's how it works on rim fire. The easiest way to convert to center fire is remove the firing pin, file the points off the striker, weld a point on the end off the firing pin, reinstall firing pin, and thread the striker back on. You could drill the firing pin and install a small pin in place of welding. I have seen many modified in this manor, I have converted a few back by welding the points back on and filing off the pin. I do not have first hand experience with the late factory style breech block, that "appears" to be a different part altogether and probably? was how the factory did it later. The Madis book has three poor pictures but you will get the idea. The factory could have converted guns by the first method except they would not have welded and I'm sure the workmanship would have been good. Bob said it with less words, "quality of the work". T/R  

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I'll have to take a real good look at the bolt face and see but from what i can see in my head (as i'm sitting at my computer not working) the job looked pretty good.  Pictures forth coming...... 

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