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Curious description of a Model 61 coming up for auction at Rock Island Auction Co. 5-20-23.  Lot 3043 is described as an experimental Model 61 chambered in 22 W.R.F., with a round barrel serial #141314.  I have a Model 61 round barrel chambered in 22 W.R.F. serial #68151.  The description says it is stamped “EX” on the receiver front after the WRF marking making it an “Experimental Model”.  Does this seem correct?  Thanks, RDB

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Roger-

I can only guess that the chambering was not the “experimental” feature. RIA will have a large presence at the TGCA Waco Show  in two weeks, if the gun is there I’ll try to learn more about it.

 

 

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Thank you Mike.  That would be great.  Just curious.  I have managed to pick-up a few unusual Winchesters and am always drawn to the unusual.  RDB

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That is a new rifle for my survey but certainly nothing unique about it in the production time frame.  Here is a small portion of my spreadsheet showing the other RB .22 WRF configurations that I have seen.

Lot 3046 is also “interesting”!  This is the fourth time it has been auctioned at RIA!  Dec 2017, Dec 2019, Sept 2020, May 2023

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I did not see the rifle in question at RIA’s tables at the TGCA Show in Waco today.

 

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Thanks for trying.  The mystery remains.  Wink  RDB

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I own a model 61 standard 22 S.L.LR S/N 105173 with letters EX stamped on the front of the receiver. I believe to be an inspectors mark. Not being able to see the location and size of the letters on the RIA’s 61, I am lead to believe that the EX is an inspector’s mark. Within my collection of 61s of over 35 owned at one time I have seen the inspector mark EX several times.

There is also some confusion between WRF and 22 Magnum in RIA’s description.

Another question!! I own a round barrel WRF S/N 151448 that is stamped on the side of the receiver front with an inspector mark stamped over the F which makes it difficult to read the inspector’s mark. I posted this a couple of weeks ago on the forum (maybe in the wrong place). There was only one comment made. Is this rifle a fake? Has anyone seen a round barrel WRF stamped this way? By the way it shoots WRF ammo great.

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I own a model 61 standard 22 S.L.LR S/N 105173 with letters EX stamped on the front of the receiver. I believe to be an inspectors mark. Not being able to see the location and size of the letters on the RIA’s 61, I am lead to believe that the EX is an inspector’s mark. Within my collection of 61s of over 35 owned at one time I have seen the inspector mark EX several times.

There is also some confusion between WRF and 22 Magnum in RIA’s description.

Another question!! I own a round barrel WRF S/N 151448 that is stamped on the side of the receiver front with an inspector mark stamped over the F which makes it difficult to read the inspector’s mark. I posted this a couple of weeks ago on the forum (maybe in the wrong place). There was only one comment made. Is this rifle a fake? Has anyone seen a round barrel WRF stamped this way? By the way it shoots WRF ammo great.

  

I have SN 151448 in my survey and it is the last round barrel WRF rifle in a group coving almost 100 SN’s that are identical.  Most likely it is real.  I rarely have sufficient images in the auction listings from which I gather data from to be able to comment sufficiently on the “EX” stamps.  But I will take a look at my 30 Model 61’s when I get back home in a few days.

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Thank you for the reply. You have been a great help for the model 61 collectors. 

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