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Faked/Altered Model 61 Rifle Listing
July 28, 2018
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Interesting information.  Had somebody measure all lengths from barrel to band, and mag tube and said were correct.  If it was done, it was a long time ago, as the crown on the barrel is perfect and aged like the rest of the gun.  Somebody said, could have been a special order rifle for a child or woman.  No way to know for sure.  Shoots really sweet and since I traded for it, I am not over the top money in it.  I think I gave about $250 trade value years ago.  Thanks for the input!

Andy

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July 28, 2018
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Andy,

You just gave the proof that the gun is not factory original.  At the time it was manufactured Winchester finished all standard round barrel with a perfectly flat face!  If yours is indeed crowned it was done by someone else.

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July 29, 2018
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Ahh, good to know.  Thanks for the heads up.  It appears I have a Franken61.  I’ll give it to my grandson for a shooter..

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July 31, 2018
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akessner said
Ahh, good to know.  Thanks for the heads up.  It appears I have a Franken61.  I’ll give it to my grandson for a shooter..  

The Cabela’s in Ft Worth has (had?) a very similar rifle. Story is it was cut down many years ago for a woman of short stature, stock was shortened a bit as well. Like yours, very good workmanship. I knew it wasn’t original when I saw it but it looked right.

 

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November 28, 2018
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Hello,

I am adding serial number 77275 and 80472 to the above listing of fake and altered rifles.   SN 77275 was auctioned at RIA in Dec 2017 Lot #364.  Read the description VERY carefully and it references the rifle as “restored” and the “the added custom roll die “WINCHESTER” marking on the left side of the receiver, gallery style loading port”   Who knows if the OB is original or not but the rifle certainly is most likely not original in any manner.   https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/72/364/winchester-model-61-slide-action-rifle

SN 80472 falls into the “highly suspect” category since it was offered on Gunbroker out of Henryetta, OK which is the same seller who was selling many of Charles Key’s known fake guns.  The preverbal walks like and quacks like the n most likely a duck!!!

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October 4, 2019
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Hello all,

I had the sad job of informing another collector that one of his guns was a fake a few weeks ago.  I added 154602 to the list on page one.  I originally sawa this rifle in 2013 on Gunbroker as a standard rifle sold out of Remlap, AL.  It was purchased in Nov of that year at the Tulsa show from CH Key as a fine looking Long Rifle Only configuration!  

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akessner said
Interesting information.  Had somebody measure all lengths from barrel to band, and mag tube and said were correct.  If it was done, it was a long time ago, as the crown on the barrel is perfect and aged like the rest of the gun.  Somebody said, could have been a special order rifle for a child or woman.  No way to know for sure.  Shoots really sweet and since I traded for it, I am not over the top money in it.  I think I gave about $250 trade value years ago.  Thanks for the input!

Andy  

This looks like a fun shooter.  The novelty of the short barrel has some additive appeal.  The main thing is no one was ripped off.  You don’t have more than a shooter rifle cost into it.  You’re not going to lose money on it if you sell it.  Actually, (and advertising it as modified) I could see it bringing a couple hundred more than you paid for it on gunbroker.  I say this because of the novelty aspect and also because people will pay high prices for about anything on gunbroker!  

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Twobit,

  Need to add serial number 103814 to you list if you don’t already have it. The barrel has been shortened by about 2 inches or so, iron sights removed and was drill and taped for scope mounts. I bought this rifle as a shooter and plan to keep it as such. I would how ever like to have the iron sights and a standard length barrel installed.

 

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Lt. Mike said
Twobit,

  Need to add serial number 103814 to you list if you don’t already have it. The barrel has been shortened by about 2 inches or so, iron sights removed and was drill and taped for scope mounts. I bought this rifle as a shooter and plan to keep it as such. I would how ever like to have the iron sights and a standard length barrel installed.

 

Mike  

Hello Mike,

I saw that rifle when it was auctions by Belcher Auctions in 2016 and then again when listed by Cabela’s.  Look here for your parts needs:  https://homesteadparts.com/shop/winchester-model-61-c-1_21.html

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March 2, 2021
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Michael,

  Yes I believe you are correct on the Cabela’s part, the fellow I bought it from said he got it from them. I have a friend that has a basket case 61 that has a fairly good barrel, but I haven’t decided to go there yet. The rifle shoots pretty good as is, I am just not sure I like not having iron sights. I’m old school I guess but I like the option of removing a scope, if I have too, and still be able to use my rifle.

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