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I’ve attempted to start a thread on a Winchester Model 62 Smooth Bore, with pictures, but I’m not sure if I’m successful!

If not and in the meantime, you can go over to RimFireCentral.com and look at the whole thing, with pictures.  Here’s the link: http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=987369

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Let’s start with two pictures . . .

The gun . . . .

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I was talking with a friend about Winchester model 61 smooth bores. He said he had a model 62 Smooth Bore. I asked him if it was really a model 62 Smooth Bore? He said YES.

He showed it to me and sure enough. I asked if I could borrow it for a couple days and get some pictures and post in on the Internet. So here it is. I’m posting this on two Forums: WinchesterCollector.org/.22 RimFire and RimFireCentral.com/Winchester.

It is serial numbered 103592 and has a 23 inch smooth bore, no rifling, non counter bored barrel marked “Model 62 .22 LONG R. SMOOTH BORE A”.
Receiver has both 62 and 62A features as in an unmarked top tang but drilled and tapped for a tang sight. Lower tang with serial number but has the coil hammer spring.

Under side of receiver has “W” marking below the serial number. Standard 62/62A type 75C front sight and 32B rear sight. Standard Long Rifle loading port. Under side of barrel is not marked.

You will note the barrel has the letter “A” following the Smooth Bore marking. Any idea of what that might be?
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Ned Schwing in his Winchester Slide Action Book pictures and mentions an experimental model 62 Long Rifle Shot with serial number 101551. That gun has no grooves for a front and rear sight. He mentions that 101551 was built in early 1940. I suspect the gun pictured here, 103592, was built about the same time. Bert Hartman may be able to confirm this for us.

One of the Forum contributors has acknowledged about 8 .22 Long Rifle Shot type 62’s with most around this serial number range but one much later.
This gun was purchased by my friend about 15 years ago from a private seller in a small town in the Upstate New York Finger Lakes country. I never thought Winchester made a 62 Smooth Bore but here you are. So keep a look out for one of these elusive rifles.

Any and all comments welcome.
Jolly

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Hi Bill,

Great photos, thanks!  Is it possible for you to measure the diameter of the bore?

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JWA said
Hi Bill,

Great photos, thanks!  Is it possible for you to measure the diameter of the bore?

Best Regards,  

I get about 0.215″ with dial and digital calipers.  Tough to get an accurate measurement with those.

A 0.218″ diameter drill bit goes in the bore with a little slop. A 0.221″ diameter bit does not go in.

Bill

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Thanks Bill,

Your “pin” test with the drill bit is accurate enough for my purposes.  .219-.220″ sounds about right.

Thanks for taking the effort to measure it.

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Bill,

Serial number 103592 was manufactured in April of 1940.  Serial number 101551 was manufactured in March of 1940.

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Bert H. said
Bill,

Serial number 103592 was manufactured in April of 1940.  Serial number 101551 was manufactured in March of 1940.

Bert  

Bert,

Thank you very much for checking out both 62’s.  Sincerely appreciated.

Bill

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