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November 27, 2022 - 4:46 am
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i recently came across a video of a model 55 with white enamel / paint filling in the winchester model 55 barrel stamp.. it reminded me of red lettered winchester in the early 70’s…

does anyone know if winchester used white to fill in the barrel stampings?  thanks.

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I am not real familiar with the Model 55 .22 rim fire single shot semi automatic rifles, but I highly suspect that the white enamel was not something that Winchester did.

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I am not real familiar with the Model 55 .22 rim fire single shot semi automatic rifles, but I highly suspect that the white enamel was not something that Winchester did.

  

Something some idiot dealer did, not that there’s any shortage of idiot owners, either.  Set aside half a day if you’re ever in the position of having to remove it with paint remover, & make sure you have plenty of toothpicks.

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I have not seen any from the factory with white lettering and I have several new in the box.  I have seen owner highlighted lettering in gold and white though on several rifles.

The lettering color is easily removed with carburetor cleaner (which contains Toluene) or 100% acetone and a toothbrush, just be careful not to get any on the stock or the plastic parts such as the loading port.

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I’ve used chalk for highlighting barrel markings when taking photos for ins. purpose. 

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I have not seen any from the factory with white lettering and I have several new in the box.  I have seen owner highlighted lettering in gold and white though on several rifles.

The lettering color is easily removed with carburetor cleaner (which contains Toluene) or 100% acetone and a toothbrush, just be careful not to get any on the stock or the plastic parts such as the loading port.

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Jeff, I’ll give that a try.  I have a US 1911 that someone added white paint.

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Hi Chuck,

Just be careful not to get it on plastic or wood finish, it will melt it.  Also, use in a well ventilated area and away from open flames.

And, be sure to re-lubricate when you are done as it will also completely degrease the metal but will NOT hurt the bluing.

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Good advice. As noted I have some white paint in the serial number of my WIN-13.

Bought another Winchester to replace the one I gave Jr. when he was 16. He is 56 now. He still has it.

I bought a minty M67-A Boys Model. Back then, $50. Now, $450. Holy Moly.   Big Larry

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I bought a minty M67-A Boys Model. Back then, $50. Now, $450. Holy Moly.   Big Larry

  

The result in part of somebody writing a massive, profusely illustrated, book about them, a model that hadn’t previously received the attention it deserved; so now they’ve become recognized as legit collectables above & beyond their utilitarian value.

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Wait till you see what happens when there is a book on the Model 75 Sporting and Target.  Prices have already doubled on the sporting rifles in the last 5 years…..

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I covet my Sporters. One with the Lyman sight and the other with a grooved receiver. The grooved rifle is drippy mint. You have seen it.

You got most of my M75’s. I think I have 3 rifles left. One early, one late, and one from 1949.

If the book is 1/2 as good as the M69 book, you will have another winner.        Thanks, Big Larry

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If the book is 1/2 as good as the M69 book, you will have another winner.        Thanks, Big Larry

  

Well, it is already at 650 pages, 200+ pages more information than the book on the Model 69 so hopefully it meets your expectations…..

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Well, it is already at 650 pages, 200+ pages more information than the book on the Model 69 so hopefully it meets your expectations…..

  

Guess that’s going to mean two vols, each about thousand pages, for a model so complicated, built in so many variations, as the 52.

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If the book is 1/2 as good as the M69 book, you will have another winner.        Thanks, Big Larry

  

Well, it is already at 650 pages, 200+ pages more information than the book on the Model 69 so hopefully it meets your expectations…..

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If it doesn’t meet my expectations, I wouldn’t tell you anyway. Too old to get my b&%% whipped.  Big Larry

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  Too old to get my b&%% whipped.  Big Larry

  

I don’t know, at 80 you are still pretty spunky for a Marine.  About the only thing I can do for certain is outrun you, and even then I would probably get shot in the a$$ with a minty S&W  😉

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No worries about shooting a mint gun. That’s something I would never do. I would just hit you with my walker.

Knowing you, the new book will be a masterpiece. Especially with the picture of my late Sporter. Tom takes good pictures. You are a good man Charlie Brown.  Big LarrySmileSmileSmile

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Hi Chuck,

Just be careful not to get it on plastic or wood finish, it will melt it.  Also, use in a well ventilated area and away from open flames.

And, be sure to re-lubricate when you are done as it will also completely degrease the metal but will NOT hurt the bluing.

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Just realized Monday when I was cleaning my Model 1917 it has white paint too. Picked at it a bit but just cleaned the dirt off so now the white is whiter.

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Hi Chuck,

Like Vince mentioned earlier, I have temporarily marked some of my mil-surp stuff with a white china marker when taking photos, particularly if I am trying to highlight a significant marking such as Irwin Pedersen carbine markings, Singer and US&S .45s and IHC Garands.  It certainly helps.  The white china marker cleans off fairly easily and I get a neater result than with talcum powder.

However, there is no telling what other people’s purpose or method for marking, I have seen nail polish, model enamel and who-knows-what used which can sometimes be a challenge to remove.  

Good luck with your projects.

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Good luck with your projects.
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I’m not sure how to take what you said about projects?  I have too many.  Quite a few are initiated by my wife.  I’ll probably spend the next couple days just cleaning guns.

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