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Model 63 prepped for scope?
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 

February 27, 2021
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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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February 27, 2021
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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,

April 6, 2021
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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

April 7, 2021
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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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April 7, 2021
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Thank You Vince! Can't wait to shoot it.

April 8, 2021
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How bad is the price affected for being drilled and tapped?

April 8, 2021
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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. 

April 8, 2021
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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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April 9, 2021
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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.

April 9, 2021
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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.

April 10, 2021
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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.

Thank you,

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