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Rifle cases
August 4, 2018
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Did Winchester ever make a carrying case for their take down 22's?

August 4, 2018
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I think they did.

I am quite sure I saw one once for a very early 2 digit M62.  Big Larry

August 4, 2018
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Several different take-down cases are listed in the 1916 catalog, though not specifically for .22s; how much earlier than that, I don't know.

August 4, 2018
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clarence said
Several different take-down cases are listed in the 1916 catalog, though not specifically for .22s; how much earlier than that, I don't know.  

I guess I have to concede that 102 years is a considerable amount of time for leather.

I've looked at several of the "older" leather and canvas carry cases and like the idea, if they fit and protect,  but that is hard to judge until you have one. 

That last 22 I purchased supposedly had a case that the grandson left behind when he brought the rifle back.  He has promised that when he returns he will remember to bring it.  The 63 is from 1941,  I hope I get to see it.  I'll say that it is 99% chance that it was an aftermarket thing that he picked up,  but "who knows."

August 4, 2018
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jban said

I guess I have to concede that 102 years is a considerable amount of time for leather.
  

Ironically, the expensive leather ones seldom held up as well as the cheap canvas cases...except for their leather straps which are usually deteriorated.  For a light-weight .22, canvas would probably have been the owner's most likely choice anyway.  Those that show up on ebay sell very cheap, though a Winchester label (if Winchester applied them) would no doubt bring a lot more.

August 6, 2018
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Clarence,  that is most likely all I'd want to have also.  It would be nice to have a case that was fitted a little better than the ones I've come across so far.  It would be nice to find one that was actually made for my rifles.

April 29, 2019
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Well,  in the next day or 2 (depending on USPS) I might have an answer.  The man I purchased my model 63 ca. 1941 from has dug out the carrying case he found it in.  He's true to his word as he told me he had it somewhere and if it turned up he would send it along.  He did say that the stitching (hopefully the thread and not the material (leather) and it can be stitched back up.  I know that it is 99% unlikely that Winchester had anything to do with the manufacture but it would be nice if it is branded by them.

A 1951-2 model 61 I purchased this past year came in a leather trimmed canvas case with no markings on it other than some numbers that don't cross reference to anything I could find.  It is the case that it supposedly was "always" in but that's not to say that the original owner didn't tell the salesman to toss out that worthless box and put the gun into a breakdown case.

I'll post when it arrives.

April 29, 2019
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I know that the Winchester canvas cases came in different lengths.  I had one for a take down 1897.  It was marked to show what barrel length it could take.

May 1, 2019
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Well,  the case arrived today and since I didn't pay anything for it I can't be disappointed.  I got 2 pieces of leather with a slight impression of the 2 pieces there.  No handle, no strap or buckle.  There aren't any markings anywhere.  That's life. 2 nice pieces of leather from 1941 for me to be responsible for.  Maybe something will come around in the future that they will be handy for.

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