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I apologize up front for my bad memory.  I recently was looking at an original Winchester document and it called out a 2/3 length magazine.  Has anyone seen this before?  I can’t remember where I saw it.  It has been bugging me ever since.

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on page 25 of WINCHESTER Worlds standard guns and ammunition the non standard magazine lengths are mentioned as half, two thirds and three quarters. Don

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on page 25 of WINCHESTER Worlds standard guns and ammunition the non standard magazine lengths are mentioned as half, two thirds and three quarters. Don

  

Thanks Don.  Now tell me what document I looked at.Wink

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Catalog 83 published by Winchester repeating arms co. in 1925.

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Chuck – I’ve owned several 2/3 mag 1894 rifles over the years. I still have two of them and they both letter.

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How common were 2/3 mags? I have an 86 elw that letters as 2/3 magazine. 

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Here’s a couple , 3/4 mag. and 4 cartridge mag.

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As Henry suggests, Winchester often described their special length magazines as fractional but sometimes described them as number of cartridges held.  Customers didn’t always think in terms of fractions, rather they simply knew how many cartridges they wanted the magazine to hold and that’s what they specified in their order.  In these cases, the number of cartridges held is is sometimes noted in the ledger rather than using a fraction.  

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oldcrankyyankee said
How common were 2/3 mags? I have an 86 elw that letters as 2/3 magazine. 

  

The table below is derived from my research survey of the Model 1894s in the 354000 – 1079689 serial number range.

 

Mag Length Qty % Est.
Full 8,271 86.51% 627,778
½ 909 9.51% 68,994
345 3.61% 26,186
¾ 33 0.35% 2,505
3 0.03% 228
       
Total 9,561   725,690

 

The statistics are much different for the late production Model 1886 rifles (serial range 146000 – 160000).

Magazine Qty %
Full 564 44.87%
½ 664 52.82%
24 1.91%
¾ 5 0.40%
     
Total 1,257 100.00%

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Thanks for all of the replies.  Actually more common than I expected.

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