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Model 43 date of manufacture
August 15, 2018
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I acquired a model 43 serial number 19257A. I know they were made from 1949 to 1957. Anyone have an idea when in that range it was made? Thanks.

August 15, 2018
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Jim,

The Model 43 was only in production from May 1948 through December 1953.  Winchester continued to catalog them through 1957 to sell remaining stock on hand.  Serial number 19257A was manufactured in February 1950.  If you read the article that I wrote (in the Spring 2016 Collector magazine), it explains the Model 43 production history in better detail.  Based on my research survey, the odds are very high that your rifle is chambered for the 218 Bee cartridge... is it?  Is it a standard or a Special rifle?

Bert

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August 15, 2018
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Thanks Bert. It is a 218 Bee and a standard rifle. It has 2 magazines. It came off of a lady's fathers boat.

August 15, 2018
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Jim,

I am in hunt for correct ,218 magazine.  If your's are correct would you be interested in selling one?   There is a post in the forum by Bert with pictures of correct Model 43 .218 magazine for reference.

Thanks for considering.

Mac

August 16, 2018
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Mac, I plan to keep them together with the rifle at the moment. There are several on ebay at the moment though.

August 16, 2018
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Jim,

Thanks for responding to my question (I had to at least ask).  I'm off to eBay for my daily check.

Mac

P.S.  If you ever change your mind...

January 15, 2019
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I would be interested in reading this article where can I find it, I have a model 43 .22 hornet with a high serial number I am also searching for a clip

January 16, 2019
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boyce454 said
I would be interested in reading this article where can I find it, I have a model 43 .22 hornet with a high serial number I am also searching for a clip  

My article discussing the Model 43 is available for viewing here on the WACA website for anyone who is a WACA member in good standing.  I can tell you when your Model 43 was manufactured if you provide the serial number.  Magazines can routinely be found on eBay, or at most large gun shows.

Bert

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