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Winchester model 61 but doesn't look like one.
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I have a Winchester I shot as a young boy that I received after my father passed.  I pulled it out to clean it up and looked it up online but it doesn’t look like a model 61.   The barrel it says Winchester Model 61-22 L Rifle- and below is FOR SHOT ONLY.  There are two serial numbers one behind the trigger 179801 and one across the receiver in front of the trigger 179801 B.  It is a pump action with a hammer and the receiver looks like a Model 62.  So what do I have?

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Someone will be along to tell you, but I’d say you have a model 62 with the barrel swapped out. The model 61 ‘shot only’ bbl is likely more collectible than the 62 receiver.

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I have a Winchester I shot as a young boy that I received after my father passed.  I pulled it out to clean it up and looked it up online but it doesn’t look like a model 61.   The barrel it says Winchester Model 61-22 L Rifle- and below is FOR SHOT ONLY.  There are two serial numbers one behind the trigger 179801 and one across the receiver in front of the trigger 179801 B.  It is a pump action with a hammer and the receiver looks like a Model 62.  So what do I have?  

The B designation behind the serial # would actually make it a model 1906 with a model 61 barrel. The receivers for the model 1890 1906 and 62 are identical with the exception of how they were serialized. The 62A has a different main spring system and trigger spring system. The bolts on 62’s-62A’s are a bit different than 1890’s and 1906’s. The firing pin hole is a bit smaller and the firing stop is pinned in instead of screwed.

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Thank you for your information.  I never really looked closely at the rifle as a child.  Starting at about eight I would carry the rifle while my Dad, Grandmother, mother were hunting deer.  I would practice drawing and sighting on deer.  It has a smooth bore so later in the morning they would let me shoot squirrels and blue grouse.  

 

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Thank you for your information.  I never really looked closely at the rifle as a child.  Starting at about eight I would carry the rifle while my Dad, Grandmother, mother were hunting deer.  I would practice drawing and sighting on deer.  It has a smooth bore so later in the morning they would let me shoot squirrels and blue grouse.  

 

Mike  

Sounds like you have some real nice memories that went with this gun.  That would make it special to me.

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