Here is a pic of the inner mag tube of a 1962 manufactured Model 61 S L LR. As seen through the loading slot.
I am wondering if anyone knows why this tube is marked liked this. The other inner mag tubes that I have seen have been smooth. Anybody else seen one like this?
Not my gun by the way but curious.
March 20, 2009
I own 30 Model 61’s and have never noticed that on any of them. BUT… I have not loaded and shot all the ones I have. When you remove the insert does it bind up at any point indicating that it might be bent? Does each “groove” form a circle or do they spiral around the insert?
Model 1892 / Model 61 Collector, Research, Valuation
I can’t answer any of those questions. It is a gun offered for auction in October. I was considering it but have since found another gun to consider.
I had just never seen these marks on any other 22 inner tube and was curious.
Thanks for the reply.
Oh, and 30 M61’s…envy.
March 23, 2010
I happened to come across another Model 61 within 400 serial numbers of the gun originally mentioned in this post with those marks on the inner mag tube. This other gun had similar, although seemingly a little fainter, marks on its inner mag tube. Both these guns are within 4000 or so of the end of the run for this model. 1962 or so production. So I guess Winchester wasn’t being quite as careful with their finish at this point.