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Serial number range of the Model 62
July 20, 2015
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Hi Guys,

I’ve been looking at a model 62 that is for sale here in Australia. Its serial number is 669527. I did a serial number search on this site without luck and my Winchester books state that this model finished in 1958 around serial number 401000, so how can serial number 669527 be correct. Is it a made up parts gun? Any advise would help.

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July 20, 2015
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If it has an “A” underneath the serial number on the frame, its a Model 1890 receiver. If it has a “B” in that position, its a Model 1906 receiver. Either way, it sounds like you indeed have a Model 62 barrel attached to one of the older frames.

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July 20, 2015
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gftaylor said

Hi Guys,

I’ve been looking at a model 62 that is for sale here in Australia. Its serial number is 669527. I did a serial number search on this site without luck and my Winchester books state that this model finished in 1958 around serial number 401000, so how can serial number 669527 be correct. Is it a made up parts gun? Any advise would help.

Graham T.

In my collection, I have a M62-A # 853279B. It is a late factory parts cleanup rifle using a M90 receiver. The M1906 serial numbers did not run that high, and so I doubt the “B” is for a M1906 receiver. It has the grooved hammer from 1947 and the pump handle from 1949. It also has been factory fitted with a coil hammer spring. Very strange rifle. It is a near mint, 98%+. One of the highest serial numbered M62-A’s I have seen. Big LarrySmileSmileSmileCoolCool

July 21, 2015
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Larry

That sounds like an interesting rifle indeed, you just never know what you are going to find. Nobody ever thought back then that we would be discussing all these anomalies many years later.

As for the ’06 serial numbers, the polishing room records go out to 686,000. Its hard telling what he has, but the A or B would help narrow it down.

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July 21, 2015
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Like Big Larry, I too have one of the parts clean up guns.   A 62A with serial number 854495 that has that # on the bottom tang and bottom of receiver.  Has the 62A coil hammer spring.  Sent the SN to Bert Hartman who replied with a PR date of July 1942.  On the bottom of the barrel it is marked “53”.  So it languished at Winchester during the war years and finally got completed in 1953.

Definitely a parts clean up gun in nice minty condition.

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July 21, 2015
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Jolly Bill said

Like Big Larry, I too have one of the parts clean up guns.   A 62A with serial number 854495 that has that # on the bottom tang and bottom of receiver.  Has the 62A coil hammer spring.  Sent the SN to Bert Hartman who replied with a PR date of July 1942.  On the bottom of the barrel it is marked “53”.  So it languished at Winchester during the war years and finally got completed in 1953.

Definitely a parts clean up gun in nice minty condition.

Jolly

That sound’s like a great gun too, especially with the later barrel date. The one Graham is talking about seems way too early to fall into the parts clean up scenario, but one never knows. I’m still betting on a ’90 or ’06 hybrid, but some pictures would be helpful.

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July 21, 2015
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Jolly Bill said

Like Big Larry, I too have one of the parts clean up guns.   A 62A with serial number 854495 that has that # on the bottom tang and bottom of receiver.  Has the 62A coil hammer spring.  Sent the SN to Bert Hartman who replied with a PR date of July 1942.  On the bottom of the barrel it is marked “53”.  So it languished at Winchester during the war years and finally got completed in 1953.

Definitely a parts clean up gun in nice minty condition.

Jolly

I should have been more specific on the serial number marking.  The gun is marked with the “854495B” on the bottom of the receiver and “854495” on the bottom tang.  Note the “B”at the end of the SN on the bottom of the receiver.  Just to be clear.

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July 21, 2015
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Interesting bbl. date. My rifle is near mint and I have shaky hands and have no plans to pull the mag. tube to get a date off the bbl. Even with a “53” bbl. date, we cannot be sure the rifle was built at that time. Remember, these are parts cleanup rifles and could have been put together and sold after the rifles discontinuance. I would put a premium on the value of these rifles. They are kind of a scarce variation.

I have, in my collection, another parts cleanup rifle. A Model 69 in a 69-A stock. The factory had many M69’s leftover when they changed over to the M69-A and when they ran out of the early slim stocks, they put all the rest into the wider pre war stocks with the blunt forearm. Who knows how many they did, but it created another variation of the M69.

Some folks call this type rifle a transitional. I guess that is just what they are. Parts is parts as the old saying goes. Big Larry

August 9, 2017
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I have a winchester model 62 A .22 short with the serial number 740453. The barrel is 23 long and round, slide handle is 6 1/4 long with ten grooves and the opening on the fill tube is shaped like a bullet. Bought at an auction about seven years ago and transferred to me. Am looking for age and value if possible. Any information that can be shared will be gratefully appreciated. Am located in Delaware.

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August 9, 2017
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Bob,

Your Model 62A was apparently assembled using a leftover Model 90 receiver frame. Are both serial numbers on the rifle the same? Serial number 740453 was manufactured early in the year 1927.

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pdog72 said

Jolly Bill said

Like Big Larry, I too have one of the parts clean up guns.   A 62A with serial number 854495 that has that # on the bottom tang and bottom of receiver.  Has the 62A coil hammer spring.  Sent the SN to Bert Hartman who replied with a PR date of July 1942.  On the bottom of the barrel it is marked “53”.  So it languished at Winchester during the war years and finally got completed in 1953.

Definitely a parts clean up gun in nice minty condition.

Jolly

That sound’s like a great gun too, especially with the later barrel date. The one Graham is talking about seems way too early to fall into the parts clean up scenario, but one never knows. I’m still betting on a ’90 or ’06 hybrid, but some pictures would be helpful.  

WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME PICTURES OF EVERYONES 62/62A/90 HYBRIDS. WILL POST PICS OF THE 2 THAT I OWN.

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Here is my # 853279B. Big LarryDSCF0027.JPGImage Enlarger The one on the left. The Rossi is more accurate than the Winchesters. Even with the 16 1/2″ bbl. Big Larry

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Here is my # 853279B. Big LarryDSCF0027.JPGImage Enlarger The one on the left. The Rossi is more accurate than the Winchesters. Even with the 16 1/2″ bbl. Big Larry  

My number 851031 in 22 short with gallery loading port

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Want to show the bluing difference

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August 24, 2018
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I’m trying to find my serial number on my model 62 I’ve taken this gun completely apart and found nothing but “9109”  my guess that would be it but searched for it and found nothing?

August 24, 2018
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Nick,

It does not require any disassembly to see the serial number on a Model 62 rifle… it is in plain view on the bottom forward edge of the receiver frame, and on the lower tang.

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What makes you think that 9109 isn’t a sn# that corresponds to one made in 1932?

I didn’t/don’t mean that in a snarky or rude way.  If you go to the resources tab and choose “when was my Winchester made”  a mod 62 with a sn of 9109 shows a dom of 1932. 

January 23, 2019
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Hi i was hoping to find out some info on my gun i recently was gifted. The gun is engraved with alot if fancy patterns and there is a gold squirl on one side of the gun and on the other a gold rabbit. The stock looks like walnut and theres some checkered pattern on both the butt and the pump the serial number is 524847 with the letter A under those numbers, but then theres another number on the bottom of the butt of the gun that is 83612 any info is more then i have i know nothin about guns. But i did buy some shells at some gun store they helped pick them out an then i had the gun cleaned and they replaced a pin and i fired it 5 times which was cool theres also this sight on it called lyman ill include pics. Well i cant seem to attach pics

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Duane,

The barrel assembly was originally a Model 1890 (manufactured in October, 1913). Is the serial number “83612” located on the lower tang in italic font or in block letter font like the barrel assembly?

At a minimum, you have a hybrid rifle assembled from the parts of at least two rifles. Accordingly, I suspect that the engraving and stocks are not factory original.

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February 28, 2021
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I realize this thread is pretty old so I don’t know if anyone will see this, but I have a little to add to the discussion between Jolly Bill and Big Larry from July 2015 about the manufacture date of Jolly Bill’s rifle. I recently inherited a model 62A with the serial number 854509B on the bottom of the receiver and 854509 on the bottom tang. A difference of 14 from Jolly Bill’s rifle. Mine was given to my dad on his 12th birthday in August 1953.

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Michael said
I realize this thread is pretty old so I don’t know if anyone will see this, but I have a little to add to the discussion between Jolly Bill and Big Larry from July 2015 about the manufacture date of Jolly Bill’s rifle. I recently inherited a model 62A with the serial number 854509B on the bottom of the receiver and 854509 on the bottom tang. A difference of 14 from Jolly Bill’s rifle. Mine was given to my dad on his 12th birthday in August 1953.  

Can you tell us what the 2-digit barrel date is ? I suspect that it is “53”.  The serial number tells us that the receiver was manufactured in July, 1942.

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