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Need help with identifying grades of 62A
January 23, 2016
8:09 pm
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Greetings all.

I am new here and the main reason I joined was the get some help with a Winchester Model 62A.  By the serial number, it was made in 1942.

I have been to several shows with it and nobody could give me any specific information but most said it was the best one they have seen. At the palm beach collectors organization one person said he saw a similar gun that had a curly maple stock. Mine has a checkered walnut stock. 

How many grades or different stocks did Winchester have for this year of gun?

Could a person special order a 62A from Winchester at this time?

Or send a standard model back to the factory for an upgraded stock?

Appreciate any info on this gun.

January 24, 2016
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Kenneth,

In 1942, Winchester was busy wrapping up production of Sporting firearms so that they could more efficiently support the WW II efforts. It is extremely unlikely that they would have entertained any “special order” requests at that time. Are you sure that it is a 1942 production rifle? The correct serial number range for 1942 was 144066 – 163081.

If you can post pictures of the stock, that would help us to evaluate your rifle.

Bert

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January 24, 2016
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The Winchester site indicated the 1942 date from the serial number.

I’ll see about getting a photo to post.

January 24, 2016
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Kenneth,

The so called “Winchester” website is not truly Winchester. Instead, it is owned by the Browning Arms Company, which is a subsidiary of F.N. Herstal (Belgian). The information they have posted in the .pdf file on their website is not 100% accurate. We (WACA) have a DOM look-up tool that is based on the actual Winchester serialization records. Simply click the Resources tab at the top of the current webpage, then select the “When Was Your Winchester Made? link.

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January 24, 2016
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Bert,

Looks like that reference also has it as a 1942.

Ken

January 24, 2016
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Ken,

OK, that question is resolved.  We still need to see pictures of the checkering on the stock.  You can email them to me at Win1885@msn.com if you are unable to post them here.

Bert

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