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Good one for a Saturday. 800,000 number M62-A
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October 11, 2013 - 4:15 pm
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Somewhere I read that some M1890 receivers were used as cleanups for making a few M62-A’s. A friend called today with a M62-A, I think it is an "A". It has the long pump handle. Anyway, the serial number is in the 830,XXX range close to the last M1890 receivers. Way too high for anything but a M1890. The rifle is a 98%er. Is this true about using the old parts? I know I read this, but do not remember where. Need info right away on this. Thanks, Big Larry

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Larry,

Model 90 serial numbers 830000 – 830999 were all manufactured in March of the year 1930, and they were quite some distance from being close to the last Model 90 receivers made. That disctinction belongs to the receivers in the 850000 – 854747 serial range
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I suspect that the rifle you are referring to is a non-factory rebuild, but it could also be a Model 62 assembled using a leftover Model 90 receiver.

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Sounds like a 90 receiver with a 62 barrel, tube and furniture. If it says Mod 62 on the barrel it might be a little more believable with a 90 receiver and the four screws in the lower tang. If it says 62A which designated the coil spring version, you would only expect it to have the one screw in the lower tang. If that was the case, why would Winchester put together a gun with the model designation reflecting the updated coil spring when it really wasn’t? Either way, its always going to be a story gun that you’ll have to explain why it is the way it is. That’s not a fun position to be in when it comes time to sell it to the next buyer. That being said, its fun to create the discussion and try to put the pieces together.

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The rifle has a "B" after the serial number. M06?? It is a nice rifle and only $700. The big Winchester book says there are many hybrids made from 90,06, and 61 receivers. I do not like "excuse" guns and that is why I am asking if this is at all possible. The rifle is being given to me and I have not seen it. Thanks, Big Larry

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Larry,

The "B" marking on the receiver was discontinued in March of 1926 (at serial number 685999. The "A" marking was discontinued at serial number 713200.

What you are describing is looking more and more like a "faked" rifle.

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Thanks Bert, but I think my buddy already bought it. He wanted to send it to me, but I think I will pass. Thanks, Big Larry

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Bert H. said
Larry,

Model 90 serial numbers 830000 – 830999 were all manufactured in March of the year 1930, and they were quite some distance from being close to the last Model 90 receivers made. That distinction belongs to the receivers in the 850000 – 854747 serial range
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I suspect that the rifle you are referring to is a non-factory rebuild, but it could also be a Model 62 assembled using a leftover Model 90 receiver.

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I have Serial #851031 which is a 62 with a 90 receiver. Triangular loading port in 22 short.

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Here is the rifle in question. Big Larry

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