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 This piece may not be anything special to some, but it’s the first Mod. 65 I’ve ever had. It’s going to the range tomorrow so I’ll see hhhow it compares to the 1892 25-20 that I like so well20240403_082358.jpgImage Enlarger20240403_082504.jpgImage Enlarger20240403_082512.jpgImage Enlarger20240403_082520.jpgImage Enlarger20240403_083655.jpgImage Enlarger20231208_092640.jpgImage Enlarger

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I agree, that 65 is indeed something special! Hope you have a great day at the range with her, maybe you should take that 25-20 along.

 

 

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Yes Michael , they’ll both be there, I’d go today but it’s raining and windy

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Looks pretty special to me, I’m on the hunt for (a reasonably priced) one! Perhaps I’ll see one in Cody (or Waco, Mike?) that will follow me home.

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It is one of the (739) Model 65 rifles that I have documented thus far in my research survey.  The total Model 65 production is currently estimated to have been 7,730 rifles, of which 4,400 were 218 Bees.

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Thats a beauty Henry! My favorite winchester model.  I have two model 65’s one in 25-20 and one 218bee.   Still need the 32 wcf…..i had one before but let it go not knowing what i had!  Both shoot dead nuts at 100 yards!

 

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Thanks Bert, for the #’s

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Unfamiliar with the lineage but that appears to be an attractive example in excellent condition. Enjoy it!

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Thanks for the kind remarks. The mod. 65 is not one of My collectables, I took it on a trade just because of condition and I figure it’s well worth the $6500.00 or U.S., $9000.00 Cdn. I allowed for it. It will be for sale or trade along with 3 boxes of ammo , after I take it out to the range in the next day or two. 

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These won’t letter with orig configs, correct?

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Jeremy P said
These won’t letter with orig configs, correct?

Correct.  All of the Model 65 rifles were manufactured & serialized in the late Model 92 range (999xxx – 1007608).

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Sorry . Ser3 . is 1,004,121

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Bert H. said
It is one of the (739) Model 65 rifles that I have documented thus far in my research survey.  The total Model 65 production is currently estimated to have been 7,730 rifles, of which 4,400 were 218 Bees.

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The depression era Winchester levers were limited in production and survivors with condition are rare. There are certainly not enough to go around. I think the 32 WCF is the rarest caliber but the 218 Bee has always been the most desirable. With the bolt peep and the standard 26″ barrel, the Bee is a cool looking little lever gun.

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Burt Humphrey said

Bert H. said

It is one of the (739) Model 65 rifles that I have documented thus far in my research survey.  The total Model 65 production is currently estimated to have been 7,730 rifles, of which 4,400 were 218 Bees.

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The depression era Winchester levers were limited in production and survivors with condition are rare. There are certainly not enough to go around. I think the 32 WCF is the rarest caliber but the 218 Bee has always been the most desirable. With the bolt peep and the standard 26″ barrel, the Bee is a cool looking little lever gun.

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The 25-20 WCF is the least common of the Model 65 calibers, and the 218 Bee was made with a 24-inch barrel versus a 26-inch barrel (22-inch for the 25-20 and 32 WCF).

218 BEE 25-20 W.C.F. 32 W.C.F.
424 surveyed 138 surveyed 177 surveyed
57.37% 18.67% 23.95%
     
4,436 estimated total 1,444 estimated total 1,852 estimated total

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Bert – I was only off a couple of inches! I just remembered the Bee was 2 inches longer than the 25-20 and 32-20 – should of looked. I have never been able to remember this stuff like you do – I have read your Collector articles. The 65 and 53 were always hard for collectors to find in decent condition in any of the available calibers.

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