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Another Fake Model 71 Rifle
December 5, 2018
3:11 am
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I was just alerted to this by one of out alert WACA Forum members.

 

Model 71 Serial number 6833 has been reworked and not disclosed as such.

As it was when it sold for $1,100 in the December 30th, 2017 Belcher Auction -

https://www.proxibid.com/Firearms-Military-Artifacts/Firearms/WINCHESTER-MODEL-71-DELUXE-348CAL-LEVER-ACTION-RIFLE/lotInformation/39533233#topoflot

As it is today and listed on Guns International (Cabelas Dundee, MI) - https://www.cabelas.com/product/gun-library/winchester-gun-library%7C/pc/103792680/c/103589280/winchester-71-348-win-/2960328.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fwinchester-gun-library%2F_%2FN-1103078%2B4294768036%2FNe-4294768036%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_103589280%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU

Take note that the three non-factory holes that were drilled & tapped in the left side of the receiver frame are now mysteriously gone ?

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December 5, 2018
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December 6, 2018
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The rifle has either sold or been pulled by Cabela's.  Did you guys save photos that you could post?

Michael

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December 6, 2018
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twobit said
The rifle has either sold or been pulled by Cabela's.  Did you guys save photos that you could post?

Michael  

Michael,

The subject model 71 is still up on GI:

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-model-71/winchester-71-348-win-.cfm?gun_id=101140251

 

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December 6, 2018
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I received a positive reply message from the Dundee,. MI Cabelas Gun Library thanking me for letting them know that the rifle was not as advertised.

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December 6, 2018
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Bert H. said
I received a positive reply message from the Dundee,. MI Cabelas Gun Library thanking me for letting them know that the rifle was not as advertised.
Bert  

I have been in that store a number of times and they are a good group of guys.  My brother shops in their "Bargain Barn" ALL THE TIME!! 

Michael

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December 6, 2018
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Here are the comparative photos of the left side.  Pretty obviously been redone.

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December 7, 2018
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That is not factory checkering....

December 7, 2018
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Tedk said
That is not factory checkering....  

I informed Cabelas of that fact as well.

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December 7, 2018
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Oh the humanity!!!!  Big Larry

 

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December 8, 2018
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I wonder if it would be useful for someone to start a survey of fake Winchesters? I'm not talking about the countless ones that have been refinished but are obvious and not done with the intent to fool people into thinking they are buying a mint antique. Rather, higher-end, or special order, high condition fakes that are produced for the purpose of swindling people.

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Old lever action Winchesters, corn fields in the fall, cedar rail fences, Ringnecked Pheasants rising out of a fence row, the smell of woodsmoke, and a Whitetail buck framed in the semi-buckhorn sights of a 38-55 ... ahhh yes.

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