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I picked up this model 71 deluxe a couple weeks ago. It almost looks to clean to take to the deer woods but I’m going too. I’m trying to decide on what sling to put on it.. any suggestions? 

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One of my favorite Winchesters. I sold a deluxe in similar condition a year or so ago. Hated to see it go, but had to thin the herd.

Shoot low boys. They're riding Shetland Ponies.

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It is indeed a very nice (high) condition Post-WW II production Model 71 Special.  I would like to confirm the serial number on it so that I can add it to my research survey.

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One of my favorite Winchesters. I sold a deluxe in similar condition a year or so ago. Hated to see it go, but had to thin the herd.  

Thinning the herd is always difficult for me but sometimes it just has to be done to afford the next one.

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I love taking nice Winchesters, with nice wood on them, hunting! Yeah, I do hate getting blemishes, scratches, and unwanted marks on them, but for the most part, I’ve been pretty lucky with that! I’m a practical guy, and I like Uncle Mike’s Black padded, nylon slings, with the rubber non slip backing! With the snap swivels today, it’s only on while hunting, and helps to keep the Rifle from slipping around on your shoulder!  

I like to take vintage hunting rifles to the deer wood also, but it’s been mostly vintage German sporting rifles and Drillings and few Savage 1899’s and most recently a semi-vintage HK 940 30-06. I figured it was time to start collecting a few Winchester lever guns to hunt with. I now have the 71, a 1895 sporting rifle in 30-40 and a pre-64 model 94 30-30. I would like to add a 1876 and 1886 to the mix someday.

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It is indeed a very nice (high) condition Post-WW II production Model 71 Special.  I would like to confirm the serial number on it so that I can add it to my research survey.

Bert  

ser# 32456  

 

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Very nice congrats on that excellent find!!

I recently purchased my very first Model 71 as well, 1952 production standard model in excellent plus condition.  

Gathering up components to load some ammo for it and looking forward to shooting it soon.

I installed a LYMAN 66A receiver sight on it, one of the older steel versions.

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I cut my teeth on the savage 99! Several Calibers, but mainly the 300! I took it upon myself to take a Deer from our PA. camp over the last 40 yrs., with every Winchester hi power rifle, and Cal. I could imagine! It’s been fun, especially when the family members would ask what Cal., and what rifle I was hunting with this year! The most fun has been the past several years, with my Brother in law, and I! He loves single shots, also, so we would have a Hi wall extravaganza!!! It’s been a blast, until the last couple of years when he hasn’t been able to make it in from California due to health reasons! It’s kinda taken a lot out of the Hunting as we’ve known it! So I’ve been using my Winchester 375! With my Son! Just keeping traditions alive!Smile  

compliments of a 99 in .300 sav with a Lightfoot scope mount. 

Thanks for the reply Limestone! 

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Very nice congrats on that excellent find!!

I recently purchased my very first Model 71 as well, 1952 production standard model in excellent plus condition.  

Gathering up components to load some ammo for it and looking forward to shooting it soon.

I installed a LYMAN 66A receiver sight on it, one of the older steel versions.

 

THREEDFLYER that is a very nice standard model. Congrats! 

I bought 200 rounds of HSM ammo with 200gr flat points. I may look into reloading for it later.

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Nice 71’s you guys have. Thanks for the nice pictures.

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I cut my teeth on the savage 99! Several Calibers, but mainly the 300! I took it upon myself to take a Deer from our PA. camp over the last 40 yrs., with every Winchester hi power rifle, and Cal. I could imagine! It’s been fun, especially when the family members would ask what Cal., and what rifle I was hunting with this year! The most fun has been the past several years, with my Brother in law, and I! He loves single shots, also, so we would have a Hi wall extravaganza!!! It’s been a blast, until the last couple of years when he hasn’t been able to make it in from California due to health reasons! It’s kinda taken a lot out of the Hunting as we’ve known it! So I’ve been using my Winchester 375! With my Son! Just keeping traditions alive!Smile  

Limestone,

I too have a hunting camp in PA.  Where is yours located?

You can tell by my forum name where ours is.

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THREEDFLYER said
Very nice congrats on that excellent find!!

I recently purchased my very first Model 71 as well, 1952 production standard model in excellent plus condition.  

Gathering up components to load some ammo for it and looking forward to shooting it soon.

I installed a LYMAN 66A receiver sight on it, one of the older steel versions.

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Based on the serial number, your Model 71 Standard Rifle was manufactured late in the year 1950 versus 1952.  In my research survey, I have serial number 33826 with a confirmed date of manufacture of 10/26/1950.  It Is just (489) serial numbers earlier than your rifle.   

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Here is the Model 71 Bert is referring to. 

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I shot my 71 at lunch at 75 yards off a shakey rest with some HSM ammo with a 200gr bullet. I was pleasantly surprised. I shot with my readers off which gives me fuzzy front sight and clear target.  

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my standard 71 serial number 36097 is also in in ex condition inside and out. i was told it was made in 1953, i have never fired it.

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my standard 71 serial number 36097 is also in in ex condition inside and out. i was told it was made in 1953, i have never fired it.  

I have it listed as a 1951 production rifle.  It sold in the Ronald Gilligan auction, December 2017.  For reference, serial number 36640 was received in the Winchester Museum on November 27th, 1951.

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I remember going to a PA. show years ago that Bill Hice put on, with WACA’S support! If I remember correctly The Cody Museum sent out a Gal by the name of Dana, to help represent Winchester! As many of you know, Bill Hice was a Gentleman of the third degree! I was fortunate to have many dealings with him, and was able to acquire a lot of collectables through him! Al, I’m pretty sure we’ve talked and have met in the past! Either in PA., or at the O.G.C.A. meetings in Ohio! If my old rusty memory serves me right, Al, weren’t you the gentleman featured in an article in the WACA magazine a few yrs. ago with the great story of the Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot, “Woods” rifle? I truly love that story, and have to re visit it this winter, after Hunting season!Smile  

limestone,

We may have met somewhere along the line, but I’m not the guy with the model 1885. I have bought a couple guns from Bill Hice’s son at one of the PA gun shows.

The people who live across the road from our place in Tionesta, are from Albion. 

Good luck hunting!

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It is indeed a very nice (high) condition Post-WW II production Model 71 Special.  I would like to confirm the serial number on it so that I can add it to my research survey.

Bert  

Bert – I just sold #17887 (photo attached) this morning and want to make sure you have it in your survey. It is a nice one that I had for about 40 years. Also for your survey if you do not have it, serial # 9611 – it is a standard grade with 20″ barrel (carbine) – if you have a “notes” column, note the carbine has a re-blued barrel – such a good job that it took me years to figure it out and then could only tell when the barrel was removed. It went back to the seller who actually gave me my money back – that is a good reason to deal with reputable people. But, who knows where #9611 finally ended up.

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Bert – I just sold #17887 (photo attached) this morning and want to make sure you have it in your survey. It is a nice one that I had for about 40 years. Also for your survey if you do not have it, serial # 9611 – it is a standard grade with 20″ barrel (carbine) – if you have a “notes” column, note the carbine has a re-blued barrel – such a good job that it took me years to figure it out and then could only tell when the barrel was removed. It went back to the seller who actually gave me my money back – that is a good reason to deal with reputable people. But, who knows where #9611 finally ended up.

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Had them both listed, but added the note about the reblued barrel on #9611.

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p.s. The survey is now just (3) guns shy of the 5% mark, with a total of 2,360 surveyed.

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It is indeed a very nice (high) condition Post-WW II production Model 71 Special.  I would like to confirm the serial number on it so that I can add it to my research survey.

Bert  

Bert, For your records.  I have a 1948 WInchester Model 71 Deluxe that is in NRA 99% condition.  I suspect unfired.  Serial# 26752  It appears to have come from the factory with the folding rear sight and a Redfield 102 rear peep.  Grip cap is checkered steel.  Is this a configuration from the factory that you have come across before?

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