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Michael,

#1 has a checkered steel buttplate. 
#2 and #3 are plastic. 

Should #3 have a checkered steel buttplate?

Thanks!

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Michael,

#1 has a checkered steel buttplate. 

#2 and #3 are plastic. 

Should #3 have a checkered steel buttplate?

Thanks!

  

SN 252500 is VERY early for the plastic butt plate.  That number corresponds to 1957 serialization but the plastic butt plate is not consistently used until about 8000 SN’s later in very late in 1958.

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Michael,

watched 2 61s sell at a local auction:

246400 .22 S, L or LR steel butt plate grooved receiver 98% $1,600.00

3346808 .22 Win Mag plastic butt plate grooved receiver 98% $2,500.00 

Hope this helps.

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Colsuper said
Michael,

watched 2 61s sell at a local auction:

246400 .22 S, L or LR steel butt plate grooved receiver 98% $1,600.00

3346808 .22 Win Mag plastic butt plate grooved receiver 98% $2,500.00 

Hope this helps.

Kevin 

  

Thanks Kevin.  I had seen 246400 previously.  The other is a knew one.  Did you mistype one too many “3’s” in that SN?

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Yes, too many 3s.  Serial number 346808.

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Hi Michael,

I picked up a Model 61 yesterday chambered in 22 WIN.MAG. R.F. 

Plastic buttplate, grooved receiver, about 97-98% condition. 
Serial number 284886

If the “story” was true from the family it was bought, it should be a new serial number for your list, as it was said to be in the owners closet for many years. 

If not, that’s okay – I’m happy to have it all the same!

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Hi Michael,

I picked up a Model 61 yesterday chambered in 22 WIN.MAG. R.F. 

Plastic buttplate, grooved receiver, about 97-98% condition. 

Serial number 284886

If the “story” was true from the family it was bought, it should be a new serial number for your list, as it was said to be in the owners closet for many years. 

If not, that’s okay – I’m happy to have it all the same!

  

It stood a good chance of having the W.M.R.F. barrel stamp!  Here is a small portion of my spreadsheet showing the caliber stamp styles on these early magnums.

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I don’t believe I entered this one;

1) 813123

2) Round

3) .22 S L OR LR

4) No

5) No

6) N/A

7) Black Plastic

8) Yes

Note: Prior temporary custodian cut the barrel badly, but the front site was reinstalled perfectly, so I had the barrel cut again to 21 inches so it looks better.

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Kevin Kelley said
I don’t believe I entered this one;

1) 813123

2) Round

3) .22 S L OR LR

4) No

5) No

6) N/A

7) Black Plastic

8) Yes

Note: Prior temporary custodian cut the barrel badly, but the front site was reinstalled perfectly, so I had the barrel cut again to 21 inches so it looks better.

Kevin 

  

Kevin,

Please check that serial number.  There are one too many digits in it.

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Thanks for your hard work!

Mine is SN #89139.

Round barrel

Marked 22 S,L,LR

not tapped on tang

no ‘W’

not magnum

checkered steel butt plate

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Barton Stein said
Thanks for your hard work!

Mine is SN #89139.

Round barrel

Marked 22 S,L,LR

not tapped on tang

no ‘W’

not magnum

checkered steel butt plate

  

I saw that rifle when it sold at RIA back in April 2016.  The serial number corresponds to production in 1947. Thanks so much.

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