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Model 1903 / 03 proof steel barrel for .22 Winchester Rimfire Automatic
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I found this at my local gunsmith / gun store over the weekend. Was really surprised to find such a late production barrel for a pretty much obsolete cartridge once the .22 LR was introduced. Has a 20″ proof steel barrel and is marked with a “47” date code on the underside and has a blued crowned muzzle rather than flat / uncrowned and in the white. Barrel is in near new condition inside and out minus a few very minor shop-wear scratches and the bore is excellent. Has anyone ever seen such a late production barrel for this model?

Don

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That is the latest barrel date on a Model 1903 that I have seen.  Post WWII Winchester did a bunch of cleanup of the pre-war discontinued models and parts so that may be part of that effort.

Very interesting, thanks for the photos!

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Wow, wouldn’t have believed it without pics. Cartridge was obsolete with the introduction of the Model 63 22LR in 1933 and only the early 1903’s had the 20” barrel. Hard to imagine why Winchester would make this barrel in 1947. Just another example of Winchester’s customer service. Thanks for posting, very interesting!

 

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deerhunter said
I found this at my local gunsmith / gun store over the weekend. Was really surprised to find such a late production barrel for a pretty much obsolete cartridge once the .22 LR was introduced. Has a 20″ proof steel barrel and is marked with a “47” date code on the underside and has a blued crowned muzzle rather than flat / uncrowned and in the white. Barrel is in near new condition inside and out minus a few very minor shop-wear scratches and the bore is excellent. Has anyone ever seen such a late production barrel for this model?

Don

P1090028-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090029-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090030-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090031-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090032-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090033-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090034-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090035-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090036-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090037-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090038-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090039-1.JPGImage EnlargerP1090040-1.JPGImage EnlargerP1090041-1.JPGImage EnlargerP1090042-1.JPGImage Enlarger

  

Cannot tell by your pics, but does this bbl. have the mail order proof? Big Larry

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Big Larry said

deerhunter said

I found this at my local gunsmith / gun store over the weekend. Was really surprised to find such a late production barrel for a pretty much obsolete cartridge once the .22 LR was introduced. Has a 20″ proof steel barrel and is marked with a “47” date code on the underside and has a blued crowned muzzle rather than flat / uncrowned and in the white. Barrel is in near new condition inside and out minus a few very minor shop-wear scratches and the bore is excellent. Has anyone ever seen such a late production barrel for this model?

Don

P1090028-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090029-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090030-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090031-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090032-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090033-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090034-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090035-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090036-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090037-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090038-2.JPGImage EnlargerP1090039-1.JPGImage EnlargerP1090040-1.JPGImage EnlargerP1090041-1.JPGImage EnlargerP1090042-1.JPGImage Enlarger

  

Cannot tell by your pics, but does this bbl. have the mail order proof? Big Larry

  

If you look at the 5th photo down on the right column of photos you can see what I believe to be a partial stamping of a mail order proof–just basically a “(  )” without the “P”.  Maybe stamped too lightly at the factory?  No other markings resembling a mail order proof stamp.

Don

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