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I was wondering, did model 53’s have case hardened levers and hammers or blued?

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Blued.

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To further reinforce the correct answer that mrcvs stated, Winchester ceased using case color finished levers, hammers, and crescent butt plates sometime between 1915 – 1918 (depending on the specific mode).

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To further reinforce the correct answer that mrcvs stated, Winchester ceased using case color finished levers, hammers, and crescent butt plates sometime between 1915 – 1918 (depending on the specific mode).

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Bert H. said
To further reinforce the correct answer that mrcvs stated, Winchester ceased using case color finished levers, hammers, and crescent butt plates sometime between 1915 – 1918 (depending on the specific mode).

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I have a Winchester 1894 rifle dating from 1908 with vivid case colouring on the hammer and lever and another one dating from 1918 that is completely blued.  Both are original high-condition rifles.  So I knew the change was somewhere between then and my guess it was circa WWI.

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As with everything that Winchester did back in those days, there is no “drop dead” date for any of the many production changes that were made.  There is always a transition period where the older parts are still being used up and the newer production parts are being phased in.  Some of the production changes were brief in duration (serial number range), while others may have taken a relatively long period of time (1 – 2 years).

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Phhh, wiping my brow of sweat. My son just brought home an early 53 in 32-20 that I would call very very good condition. Made 1926 but lever and hammer are blued. Had to ask ,thank you.

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Phhh, wiping my brow of sweat. My son just brought home an early 53 in 32-20 that I would call very very good condition. Made 1926 but lever and hammer are blued. Had to ask ,thank you.

  

What is the serial number?  Is it a Solid frame or a Take Down?

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Bert H. said

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Phhh, wiping my brow of sweat. My son just brought home an early 53 in 32-20 that I would call very very good condition. Made 1926 but lever and hammer are blued. Had to ask ,thank you.

  

What is the serial number?  Is it a Solid frame or a Take Down?

  

Bert serial is 8741. solid frame

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Thanks,

That rifle was already documented in the survey.  The PR date is 6/26/1926.

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very well, thank you all for the info. May I ask how long ago it was entered in the survey?

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oldcrankyyankee said
very well, thank you all for the info.

Have you photographs of this rifle?

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very well, thank you all for the info. May I ask how long ago it was entered in the survey?

  

August 2015.

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mrcvs said

oldcrankyyankee said

very well, thank you all for the info.

Have you photographs of this rifle?

  

Currently, I don’t have pictures.

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