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Model 56/57 Research Survey
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May 3, 2019 - 2:40 am
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According to the Red Book 1927 is correct for a M56 w/ SN 3259, wasn’t able to check it on our site for some reason. 

 

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Vince,
I would have been more than glad to use the resources of this site to be accurate or at least more accurate, your words not mine. But, since the Model 56/57 is not listed, I used the information that I had available and quoted the source. So, before TELLING someone to be accurate you might want to check your own information before giving it.

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Resources/When was your Winchester made?/No Model 56/57 listed

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Well I’ll be, I  would of sworn they were included.  I wonder where I got the DOM for my 57? 

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Probably from Madis’s book  😉

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 I have the following:    Winchester model 56 short  Sn  1893

                                   Winchester model 57 LR   Sn 5041

Have owned them for nearly 50 years.

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Hello Marvin,

Thank kindly you for contributing to the research survey!

Can you tell us what the date is (2-digit year number) that is stamped on the underside of the barrel?

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I have a Winchester Model 57 chambered in 22 short with one magazine, original sling, and I believe the original Lyman peep site.  Rifle is in very good condition, smooth action, accurate etc.  Was my father’s when he was a young boy – got it selling newspapers.  Serial # is 1394.  Just looking into the value of the rifle to see if we should sell it or pass it down to the next generation.  I may be the last generation to truly value this firearm.  First firearm I ever ventilated a can with!  Thanks for any information.

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Steve Hale said
I have a Winchester Model 57 chambered in 22 short with one magazine, original sling, and I believe the original Lyman peep site.  Rifle is in very good condition, smooth action, accurate etc.  Was my father’s when he was a young boy – got it selling newspapers.  Serial # is 1394.  Just looking into the value of the rifle to see if we should sell it or pass it down to the next generation.  I may be the last generation to truly value this firearm.  First firearm I ever ventilated a can with!  Thanks for any information.  

Really??? Your story smells like dead rotting fish. This rifle just recently sold in the Amoskeag auction #123 !

https://live.amoskeagauction.com/m/lot-details/index/catalog/23/lot/11347?url=/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/23?page=18

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I have a model 57 that I bought 50 years ago for the princely sum of $27.50. Ser.# 11498, barrel date 27, cal..22LR. Most of the blue is gone from the exposed metal. Wood finish looks to be original (varnish?) with many small dents and scratches. It has a Lyman receiver sight (don’t know which model) and a hooded blade front sight. I think the sights and magazine are original. The front sight hood and rear sight peep have a copper finish. I don’t know whether this is legit or not. This rifle has been my daughters favorite since she first started shooting 30 odd years ago.

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Hello Charlie,

Thanks for adding your Model 57 to the survey.  Can you post a few pictures of the sights?

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Hi Bert,

These photos don’t show the copper color very well. It is only on the front sight and the peep. Hope these are of use.

Charlie

PS I edited my 1st post to correct the ser.#.

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Charlie,

I am not seeing anything that looks odd or out of place.  I suspect the color is more of a brownish red patina, caused by age and handling.

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Hi Bert,

  Thanks for your comments. Chuck’s enhancement of the photo helps a bit. I suspect that someone removed the blue from the parts in question and applied copper sulfate. The copper color is all over the front sight including the dovetail. The peep is the only part of the rear sight that shows it. If you saw it in person you would see it better than the photos. I think this may have been done in an attempt to blacken the sights for target shooting by plating them with something. I know it’s a real stretch of the imagination. Anyway, I appreciate the gun for what it is: just and old plinker. While I think of it what are the model nos. of the sights?

Charlie

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Please let me know if I have any information incorrect and where to find the correct information.  I have received a Model 57 Winchester 22 long rifle from my fathers estate.  Serial number 16376.  It has a Weaver J4 scope and leather sling (I assume original).  It has the original 5 shot magazine.  Any information you can provide would be helpful to me (date manufactured, etc.).  Still fires and is accurate.

 

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Hello Mark,

The scope is very unlikely to be original. The serial number indicates that it was manufactured in 1927. If you do not mind, please pull the stock off and check the 2-digit year number stamp on the bottom of the barrel.

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Thank you Bert, don’t know if I am capable of pulling the stock off.  That gun was manufactured two years before my father was born and he died recently at 90.  It is in good shape for over 90 years old.  I meant that the leather looked original thanks for the information.

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Are you still doing this? I have one for you.

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Yes, we are still surveying the Models 56 & 57. Please let us know which one you have, the serial number, and the specific cartridge it is chambered for.

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A Model 56 selling at  a local auction in Kansas City November 3, 2019.  

Lot 28: Winchester Model 56 Bolt Action .22 LR, Scarce Model, Mfd in 1930, Ser # 17602

If additional information is needed, I  will obtain at the auction.  

Kevin

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