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Model 63 prepped for scope?
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February 27, 2021 - 3:33 pm
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Hello all. I looked at a good condition model 63 yesterday in passing while in the store for something else and now I’m thinking of going back and taking another look. It’s a sharp looking gun, Manufactured in ’36, but it has a scope on it. From what I’ve learned with the little information I found available on line the scope appears to be a Weaver J 2.5 power scope. Does anybody know if the gun came prepped for a scope or has this been drilled and tapped? I did find one image online that showed a screw on the receivers top front edge and now I’m thinking maybe it would secure the rear end of the mounting bracket,however I haven’t found any good shots further up the barrel showing a second screw.

Just wondering what kind of damage I’d find  if the scope was removed.

Thank you, Brian 

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February 27, 2021 - 6:16 pm
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Brian,

If it is a 1936 production Model 63, it is extremely unlikely that it was drilled & tapped for a scope by the Winchester factory.

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Your right Bert.  scope was added, drilled and tapped.  Cool little gun though, I’m surprised there’s not much mentioned about it here or in the past magazines.

Thank you again,

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DD8E7490-5DBF-4F2F-AB16-2B2B63F5B32F.jpegImage EnlargerCame across a nicer 20″ 63 about a week ago while looking for something else and couldn’t resist bidding. Picked it up a few days ago. Hammer price was about 15 bucks more than the asking price of the 23″ rifle I originally described below (not including commission). Thought I’d share some pics… FE99B99F-3F96-4B41-B84F-8A8B06A53360.jpegImage EnlargerD2E8B41B-5010-4861-AA04-DF883FB0B796.jpegImage Enlarger5592F4C9-8E27-45A9-ABE8-B4AED0DC7818.jpegImage EnlargerF21CBEC6-DAFE-4C60-AFFA-34CC3DFC7D27.jpegImage Enlarger7B147FBF-ED12-4234-B484-505F95CFD71A.jpegImage EnlargerE92647E0-A54B-43C1-BEB3-5E859411CE36.jpegImage EnlargerAB32607E-7DED-42FB-8F51-F786446B7B58.jpegImage Enlarger

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Very nice, good straight grained buttstock. Love the 63, I find it is the most reliable semiautomatic 22 Winchester made.

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Thank You Vince! Can’t wait to shoot it.

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How bad is the price affected for being drilled and tapped?

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antler1 said
How bad is the price affected for being drilled and tapped?  

Depends on number & location of holes.  Drilled for a side-mount would be about a 50% hit to a knowledgeable collector, but to many of the fools bidding on Gun Broker, it might make little difference at all. 

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If it is drilled for a side mount lyman sight , put one on it your accuracy will be greatly improved and the value will there for those who shoot their collection.

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I’m not sure what the correct range is for these guns but the one i bought appears in good condition to me. Amoskeag Auction house color estimate was 95-97% bluing. It does have a couple marks on the barrel but otherwise nice condition. Hammered at  800, the middle of their value estimate. a 23” model in slightly better condition, same year, hammered for about 1600, quite a bit more than their estimate. the drilled and tapped gun w/ scope at the start of this thread had wear and was fairly well used. It was listed for 785 at a local gun shop and I’d be surprised if it’s still there.  It’s a good shop but very little interest in negotiating so I’ll bet it went close to that.

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Brian said
got it for 800 (plus commission) 

Don’t deceive yourself, as many auction bidders do:  you didn’t “get it for $800,” you got it for whatever you PAID the auction co., which I suspect was closer to $1000 than $800.

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Your right Clarence. I adjusted the wording. I was referencing base prices so that the reader could factor in the variable cost of commission for wherever they’re shopping ~10-21%, shipping and insurance fees or for whatever their individual circumstance is.

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