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Winchester Model 63 muzzle crown question
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December 19, 2022 - 12:39 am
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I have a ’38 model 63 ser # 26### and the muzzle is flat with no crown. Can someone let me know if any of these were factory release during this time frame??

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December 19, 2022 - 2:15 am
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Your Model 63 was manufactured with a pre-1938 production barrel. It was in the year 1938 that Winchester began crowning all “rifle” barrels. Prior to that time, the rifle muzzles were flat (uncrowned) and in the white.

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December 19, 2022 - 2:30 am
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Thank you, this gun is pristine / like new condition, and I cannot find any evidence that it has been refurbished.  I was concerned that the barrel was replaced or modified which would have confirmed my concern.     

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If you can, post pictures of the muzzle face, and the Winchester Proof mark stamps on the top of the barrel and frame ring.

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Sorry I will figure out how to post pictures and send as soon as can..

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jwarren said
Sorry I will figure out how to post pictures and send as soon as can..

  

You can send the pictures directly to me – [email protected]

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The flat muzzle face of some Winchester rifles was not polished to be all white. The rust blued solution slopped and dripped over the edge and got on the muzzle face. So you often see this effect with part white and part dark with the dark usually near the outer edges. 

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In this case, the entire muzzle face is dark blue, including over the top of old cleaning rod nicks.  Further, the proof mark stamps on the barrel and frame ring have 100% bluing coverage.  The rifle in question has positively been reblued.

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