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Winchester Model 61, WRF
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April 12, 2023 - 4:36 pm
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Mike;

I have a Model 61 WRF S/N 151448. The WRF stamp is on the front side of the receiver instead of on the usual location. An inspector mark is stamped over the F.

I have fired this rifle at least 300 times with no problem. Everything looks right except the location of the WRF stamp. I have observed a couple other 61s on the auctions over the years that were stamped this way. 

What is your take on this? Is this a fake or a manufacturer mistake?

Thanks Mike.

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I tried to add barrel marking but the file was too big. Need to work on it.

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Looks OK to me.  The 1890’s had the WRF marked in the same place.  I am not a 61 collector so others need to help you further.

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Mike;

I have a Model 61 WRF S/N 151448. The WRF stamp is on the front side of the receiver instead of on the usual location. An inspector mark is stamped over the F.

I have fired this rifle at least 300 times with no problem. Everything looks right except the location of the WRF stamp. I have observed a couple other 61s on the auctions over the years that were stamped this way. 

What is your take on this? Is this a fake or a manufacturer mistake?

Thanks Mike.

  

I will take a look at my OB and RB WRF Model 61’s and compare the style and location of the receiver stamp.  I have typically seen the stamp placed along the bottom curve of the receiver face as shown in the attached image.  This is an early OB, SN 4400 vintage rifle.

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Michael

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