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Hello,

My wife’s grandfather just passed away and he had a Model 60A in his gun rack. No one in the family knows much about it or even when it was acquired. Just that he had it and it has been in his gun rack for at least the past 50 years. I have gone down the proverbial rabbit hole looking for information on this particular rifle. About the best I’ve been able to tell them is that it was made in the ’30s. 

I know there are some very knowledgeable and well researched people on this forum. I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me narrow down the date of this rifle. 

It has 23″ barrel, NO finger grooves in the stock and no safety window for the bolt. The take down screw is proud. 

I don’t have the rifle in my possession right now, so I can’t take the barrel out of the stock right now. I do have access to it, so if there’s anything else that’s needed to get us closer to the mfg date, I should be able to get that info.

It appears to just need a good cleaning. It’s in decent shape. It’s not for sale, but I would like to work up a little info and history to pass along so it isn’t forgotten.

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Jon

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JON FIXMER saidI have gone down the proverbial rabbit hole looking for information on this particular rifle.
 

The rabbit hole ends here:  https://www.rimfirepublications.com/product/the-winchester-model-69-evolution-in-design/1?cs=true&cst=custom

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Jon,

Unfortunately, the Model 69 book does not cover the Model 60, that will have to be done in a separate book due to the many variations and changes to the design.

The non-grooved 60A stock is the earlier version, the finger grooves came later so your 60A was made after the Model 60 but before the finger grooves were implemented so that narrows the date of production down to about 1932.  The “sight cut” (window) in the bolt was added September 1932 per change in manufacturing notice 13365.  I could probably narrow it a little bit more with some good clear close-up pictures of the rifle.  

When you do get the rifle in-hand and look under the barrel (under the sear spring) you will find the 2 digit date the barrel was made and it will likely be “32” or “31”.

Let us know what other information you are looking for and we would be happy to help.

For additional reading on the Model 60/60A there was a thread awhile ago (yikes, 5 years ago, time flies) that also covered the topic –

https://winchestercollector.org/forum/winchester-22-rim-fire/can-someone-help-me-out-with-thismodel-60/

Hope that helps,

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Sorry for the bum steer, Jon!   I’ve got 69s on the brain, after reading JWA’s magnificent book.

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Thanks, Jeff! I really appreciate it. That helps a lot.

This has been the first time I’ve really taken a look at vintage Winchester bolt action .22 rifles. I’ve always been a lever action and M1 Carbine and Garand guy. I’m going to have to make some room because there are some really cool .22 bolt action models I’d like to have in my collection! 

 

Thanks again!

 

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No problem, Clarence!

I just happened to bid on a Model 69A, this afternoon. I lost, but there’s a nice looking M69 on the horizon. Maybe I’ll win that one. Ha!

 

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JON FIXMER said

” I’m going to have to make some room because there are some really cool .22 bolt action models I’d like to have in my collection! “

I like the way you think!

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JON FIXMER said
Thanks, Jeff! I really appreciate it. That helps a lot.

This has been the first time I’ve really taken a look at vintage Winchester bolt action .22 rifles. I’ve always been a lever action and M1 Carbine and Garand guy. I’m going to have to make some room because there are some really cool .22 bolt action models I’d like to have in my collection! 

 

Thanks again!

 

Jon  

Jon, I have a few M60’s and M60-A’s, but like you, I have several lever Winchesters, a Winchester Garand, a Winchester M97 Trenchgun, and a couple real nice original carbines. Both Inland. I love my Winchester 22’s. You will too.   Big LarryDolly-2.JPGImage EnlargerDSCF0542.JPGImage EnlargerM52-7001-1.jpgImage EnlargerM69-A.jpgImage Enlarger

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