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Colsuper said
https://www.proxibid.com/Firearms-Military-Artifacts/Winchester-Model-61-Slide-Action-RIfle/lotInformation/65093919

SN 115726  no “A”

22 WRF

Steel butt plate 

Barrel address forward 

Had you already seen this one?

Thanks, Kevin   

Hello Kevin,

Yes, I did see this rifle in the auction.  It is in a small group of identical rifles.  SN 115710,115711, 115720, 115722, and now 115726.  1949 DOM.

Thanks much

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https://www.proxibid.com/Winchester-61-22-WRF-Rifle/lotInformation/65931233

37430 in 22 WRF.  The barrel blue looks suspect to me, but I am far from an expert on these. 

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Colsuper said
https://www.proxibid.com/Winchester-61-22-WRF-Rifle/lotInformation/65931233

37430 in 22 WRF.  The barrel blue looks suspect to me, but I am far from an expert on these.   

The barrel bluing does look a bit funky to me also.  The white dot front sight is not original and the rear sight elevator has apparently never been moved.  I have 62 sampled rifles between SN 35709 and 37433 (an interval of 1724 rifles) in my survey and 62% of them are OB .22 WRF configurations.

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Serial# 81317

Round barrel

22 S.L. or L.R.

Tang not drilled

No letter under serial#

Butt plate is not factory

Top not grooved

Twobit after posting this I read through this whole post and didn’t see another rifle in the 80,000 range. You must be hiding them somewhere! I’m getting conflicting numbers on date of manufacture anywhere from 46-48 when I search multiple data bases.

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#285620

Magnum

.22 Win Mag R.F.

24″ barrel

Standard Configuration

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Hi Twobit,

#76842 .22LR with octagon barrel is up for auction, is that one on your list?

I did not see it on the fake list, is it legit?

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Hi Twobit,

#76842 .22LR with octagon barrel is up for auction, is that one on your list?

I did not see it on the fake list, is it legit?

Thanks,  

It’s a new one for me.  Do you have a link to it?

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Hi Michael,

I was told it was listed on Gunbroker but I didn’t see it, sorry.

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Ser. #169253 

S,L,LR 

Steel Butt

Tang not tapped

Weaver “N5” side mount with Weaver #329 scope Cry

Very accurate!

RDB

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1.  “213547” serial number

2.  “Round” 24″bbl.

3.  “.22 S.L. OR L.R.” on barrel for chamber designation

4.  “No” tang D&T’s

5.  “No” small w beneath serial number

6.  N/A

7.  “Checkered Steel” butt pad, slotted head screws

8.  “No” on the grooved receiver

 

Bought it this morning, always wanted one, it’s in fantastic shape.

From what I can tell looking around it’s probably a 1955 built rifle?

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Mike Turk said
1.  “213547” serial number

2.  “Round” 24″bbl.

3.  “.22 S.L. OR L.R.” on barrel for chamber designation

4.  “No” tang D&T’s

5.  “No” small w beneath serial number

6.  N/A

7.  “Checkered Steel” butt pad, slotted head screws

8.  “No” on the grooved receiver

 

Bought it this morning, always wanted one, it’s in fantastic shape.

From what I can tell looking around it’s probably a 1955 built rifle?  

Hello Mike,

Based on the serial number your rifle was manufactured during 1954.  The receiver tops began to be grooved starting near SN 215200.

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Michael, I picked up a 61 .22Mag today at a yard sale…

331405 with an A underneath

22 WIN. MAG. R.F.

Round 24″ bbl.

Grooved (since magnums came late, I assume they are all grooved?)

Plastic butt plate, slotted screws clocked vertically.

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Bret Adams said
Michael, I picked up a 61 .22Mag today at a yard sale…

331405 with an A underneath

22 WIN. MAG. R.F.

Round 24″ bbl.

Grooved (since magnums came late, I assume they are all grooved?)

Plastic butt plate, slotted screws clocked vertically.

  

Thanks so much for passing on the information about your new rifle.  Yes the magnums were all grooved.  Based on the serial number it was manufactured during 1962.

Have fun shooting

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