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Model 54 SN 193 Extractor
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John Gregory
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January 14, 2021 - 4:36 pm
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I was hoping someone could help me in locating and extractor for my rifle.

Unfortunately, this rifle was made before they changed the extractor, which they did around #21,000 denoted by the “A” stamped on the extractor itself and I am not having any luck locating the right part.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as this rifle has been part of my family since it was made and I would really like to get it back in working order.

Thank you.

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January 14, 2021 - 11:02 pm
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I can’t personally answer with any authority.

David Bichrest, in his book “The Winchester Model 54 Bolt Action Rifle 1925 to 1936”, briefly touches upon the later serial suffix “A” model extractor versus original. His reference speaks in context of a relatively minor modification, citing fact of not even worth Winchester patenting.  His book also, notably, has good clear photos of both extractors from bolt face view orientation. The newer model reflecting more radiused outer extractor ‘face edge’ and more chamfered inner edge, affecting ‘claw inclination’ angle.  All seeming really quite moderate alteration at best and seemingly within ‘competent’ gunsmith ability adjust.  Of course, “devil in the details”.  Contrasting, the fact that Winchester even feeling necessary to annotate the SN range of the new model, suggesting something more.  The “A” suffix seems to be one of those matters of ‘standard rhetoric’, recited without much further inquiry.  Myself, so!

Hope this is of some help.  If you cannot get satisfactory answers from the experts here,[answer here.  Perhaps to consider contacting David.  Believe you can Google for his phone.  The said he may well disdain “free gunsmith advice” questions, but never to know without trying!

Just closing addendum: If rifle under inquiry, the flat faced breech Winchester 54 in 30-30 chambering, such may yet be another animal’. 

Good Luck, Stay Safe!

Best!  John

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