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For the last 12 years I have been compiling a survey on the Model 56 and 57 .22 rimfire rifles.   Currently I have about 2.5% of the total production of both models logged and some interesting trends and anomalies have appeared in the data but I would like to increase the sampling to reinforce the statistics.  For those of you that have a 56 Sporting rifle or 57 Target and are willing to share your information I would be grateful.

The survey currently tracks;

 

 – Serial number (complete)

 – Barrel date (2 digits located on the underside of the barrel near the receiver)

 – Caliber (.22 Short or .22 Long Rifle)

 – Factory upgrades (sights, stock checkering or scope)

 – Non-factory upgrades/modifications (re-finishing wood or metal, aftermarket scopes, replacement parts) 

– Sight package

– Stainless steel barrels

 – Barrel roll-mark changes

 

Thanks to everyone that has already participated!

Best Regards,

 

PS, I have updated this post 11/28/22 to provide an excerpt from the original instructions for the Model 57.

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Jeff,

I have a M57 with s/n 23850. It was bought new in 1931 as I happen to have a letter from the original owner telling the history of this little rifle. The barrel date is 31 and its a 22LR. It has the NobuckL sling with it that looks like it may be original to the rifle. Its a great little 22 with the original target peep sight on it.

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Thank you Sir!  I did not have that one listed.

 

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deerhunter said

Here’s a model 57 currently for sale at Cabelas.  Serial # 22221.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Gun-Library/Winchester-Rifles%7C/pc/103792680/c/103589280/Winchester-Model-57-22-LR/2077155.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fwinchester-rifles%2F_%2FN-1103078%2FNo-800%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_103589280%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNP%26recordsPerPage%3D80

Thanks!

I usually browse the auction/sale sites but missed that one.  I appreciate the link and added it to the list.

 

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And by the time I saw the link, the rifle had been sold. It seemed to be a real nice one too. Oh well. You cannot have them all. Big LarryFrownCryCry

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Jeff,

I have three more that I found at the Cody show;

1.  S/N 2440, Model 56, 22 Short, standard rifle.

2.  S/N 2968, Model 57, 22 Short, standard rifle.

3.  S/N 6887, Model 57, 22 Long Rifle, standard rifle.

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Thank you Sir!

I appreciate you taking the time to jot those down for me.  I have added all 3 to the survey. 

 

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Bert H. said

Jeff,

I have three more that I found at the Cody show;

1.  S/N 2440, Model 56, 22 Short, standard rifle.

2.  S/N 2968, Model 57, 22 Short, standard rifle.

3.  S/N 6887, Model 57, 22 Long Rifle, standard rifle.

Bert

Bert, did you get any info on the seller? I am currently looking to buy a M56 in 22 LR. Thanks, Big Larry

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Larry,

I did not get the seller information for the 22 LR, and it was a Model 57 versus a Model 56.

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Bert H. said

Larry,
I did not get the seller information for the 22 LR, and it was a Model 57 versus a Model 56.
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Yes, now that I read it. DUH !!! Anyway, keep your eyes open for a nice M56 for me, please. Thanks, Big LarrySmileSmile

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Thanks Bert. The M56 is a clunker and the M57 has something added like a butt pad? I am still looking and will pay the price for a nice M56 22LR. Big Larry

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Bert H. said

Jeff,

 

A Model 56 and a Model 57 coming up in a small auction about a month from now –

https://www.proxibid.com/asp/LotDetail.asp?ahid=7447&aid=99432&lid=26253879&title=WINCHESTER-MODEL-57-22-LR-BOLT-ACTION-CLIP-FED-RIFLE

https://www.proxibid.com/asp/LotDetail.asp?ahid=7447&aid=99432&lid=26253975&title=WINCHESTER-MODEL-56-.22-LR

 

Bert

 

Thanks Bert!

I emailed the auction company for the full serial numbers since they were not in the description (unless I missed it).  Hopefully they will supply them so I can add those 2. 

I appreciate the heads up!

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Model 57

Serial number 25759

Barrel dated 1931

22 LR

Standard rifle

Barrel marked “217 CMS” on underside near barrel date.  Note:  “CMS” is inverted

 

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Model 57

Serial number 25759

Barrel dated 1931

22 LR

Standard rifle

Barrel marked “217 CMS” on underside near barrel date.  Note:  “CMS” is inverted

 

Bill

Thanks Bill!

I already had that one in the database as being sold by Rock Island Auction but did not have the barrel date information.  I appreciate you posting the details and have updated the spreadsheet.

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How many from me? Should be 3-57 and 2 – 56.

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How many from me? Should be 3-57 and 2 – 56.

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I have you down for only 4,

3 digit 56 (short)

3 digit 56 (short)

4 digit 57 (long rifle) – serial starts with a 5

5 digit 57 (long rifle) – serial starts with 22

 

You must have snuck another 57 when I wasn’t looking.

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M57 22lr

10340

1″ nobuckl

stainless steel bbl

marked follower mag

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M57 22lr

10340

1″ nobuckl

stainless steel bbl

marked follower mag

Nice!  No wonder you were hiding that one from me Wink Thanks for the info!

How do the proof marks look? The serial number is slightly early for a stainless barrel are they inline with the same cant or does it look like Winchester rebarreled it?

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