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Unfortunately, there is too much of this illicit behavior occurring within the Winchester community. In addition to the Model 61s and Model 1892/92s that Michael has documented as being altered, I have found more than just a few Model 64s and Model 71s that have been “upgraded” in recent years. The Model 70 has long been a target for “upgrades” as well. Unfortunately, we all have to be extra careful these days when buying what appears to be a “desirable” Winchester. Caveat Emptor!

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Wood looks different, could be the lighting but the butt stock in the Homestead pics has more contrast.

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There is the slim chance that its a case of repeated serial number. It did happen we have seen it and even had it noted in records.
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I wondered about that but the chance of both of them being on the market at almost the same time seems very remote. It doesn’t look like the same rifle to me so I guess it’s possible.

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I see 2 different rifles with the same serial number. The 22 short rifle has a P in oval replacement barrel and from internet pictures the markings look raised up and original. The serial numbers need a side by side comparison to determine originality.

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I see 2 different rifles with the same serial number. The 22 short rifle has a P in oval replacement barrel and from internet pictures the markings look raised up and original. The serial numbers need a side by side comparison to determine originality.  

Look at these two images of the receiver top and to the left side of the W/P proof stamp on it.  Both photos show a small linear mark to the left of the receiver proof.  The devil is in the details!!  It is the same rifle with two different barrels on it.

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Take a look at the left side of the butt stock. They are 2 different ones so, they must have been switched also.

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I just received this from Kramer Auction:

Thanks for the heads up, we realized the Bbl. was replaced because of the proof mark, just assumed it was done at the factory but looks like not. Thanks for the info you found.

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I see 2 different rifles with the same serial number. The 22 short rifle has a P in oval replacement barrel and from internet pictures the markings look raised up and original. The serial numbers need a side by side comparison to determine originality.  

Look at these two images of the receiver top and to the left side of the W/P proof stamp on it.  Both photos show a small linear mark to the left of the receiver proof.  The devil is in the details!!  It is the same rifle with two different barrels on it.

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In the second photo, it looks like the barrel proof-mark is the P with a circle–evidence of a mail-order barrel.

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Anyone have a contact at Homestead?

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Anyone have a contact at Homestead?  

You can find all these options on their web site:

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twobit, I am on your side now! Redone gun!

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twobit, I am on your side now! Redone gun!  

Did you talk with Charles at Homestead?   

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You can find all these options on their web site:

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I buy a little at Homestead, mostly parts. I didn’t figure they would give buyer info to anyone that asked for it.

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And here is a bit of an update on this rifle.  I received an email form a guy who saw the gun at an auction and noticed the “Oval/P” proof mark and immediately lost interest.  But someone at the auction apparently did not see it and it sold for $4000!!  Ouch!  https://www.proxibid.com/Winchester-Model-61-22-short/lotInformation/66762764

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Bert H. said
Unfortunately, there is too much of this illicit behavior occurring within the Winchester community. In addition to the Model 61s and Model 1892/92s that Michael has documented as being altered, I have found more than just a few Model 64s and Model 71s that have been “upgraded” in recent years. The Model 70 has long been a target for “upgrades” as well. Unfortunately, we all have to be extra careful these days when buying what appears to be a “desirable” Winchester. Caveat Emptor!
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The bad guns do seem to be more prevalent and that is certainly caused by the increased value of collectible Winchesters and the unscrupulous among us that want to make a quick buck. As those of you that follow the Forum know, just this week Deerhunter nearly purchased a Model 94 that was not right and was able to cancel the sale after problems with the gun were identified. It is too bad that every day collectors are tucking guns away that they think are correct but they are not. Recently I was talking to a young WACA member who told me of his near purchase of a Model 64 in deluxe configuration. He thought the gun looked right and was about to pull the trigger when he found out the gun had sold a couple of years back when it was a standard grade gun! Just add some checkered wood to a rare caliber gun and make some easy money. If it was not for the surveys being conducted by WACA members on many models, lots of the discrepancies would never be identified. So, hats off to the guys that are doing the surveys and calling attention to problems when identified. 

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