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Model 55 Serial Number
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January 16, 2021 - 2:19 am

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I recently purchased a Winchester Model 55 take down in 30 wcf. The serial number is 1039589. According to the Redbook of Winchester Values, this serial number falls within the Model 55 as well as the Model 94 range. I can’t seem to find what year my 55 was manufactured. Were the 55’s and 94’s with identical serial numbers manufactured in the same year? The serial number 1039589 for a Model 94 puts the mfg’d year as 1929. Would that be the same year for my Model 55?

I appreciate any help.

Thanks, Richard

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January 16, 2021 - 2:37 am

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Hello Richard,

In answer to your question, No, there were not any Model 55 and Model 94 receivers with the same serial number on them that were manufactured in the same year.  Because the Model 94 and Model 55 share the exact same receiver and all internal parts, the receivers were serialized, and then chosen at random to build either a Model 94 or a Model 55.  The receiver on your Your Model 55 rifle was serialized on January 21st, 1929.

The exact same situation occurred with the Model 64 and Model 94.

Bert

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January 16, 2021 - 7:10 pm

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Bert H. said

The exact same situation occurred with the Model 64 and Model 94.

Bert  

And the Model 56 and Model 57 😉

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January 16, 2021 - 8:57 pm

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JWA said

Bert H. said

The exact same situation occurred with the Model 64 and Model 94.

Bert  

And the Model 56 and Model 57 😉

Best Regards,  

Jeff,

As long as we are on this topic, the Models 92, 53, and 65 all shared the same serial number sequence as well, and late in production, the Models 90 and 06 shared there serials (after S/N 713199).

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January 16, 2021 - 10:14 pm

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Bert H. said

JWA said

Bert H. said

The exact same situation occurred with the Model 64 and Model 94.

Bert  

And the Model 56 and Model 57 😉

Best Regards,  

Jeff,

As long as we are on this topic, the Models 92, 53, and 65 all shared the same serial number sequence as well, and late in production, the Models 90 and 06 shared there serials (after S/N 713199).  

All good to know.

I just mentioned the 56/57 to keep the lowly rim fire rifles in the limelight.  I am still trying to get some converts to the .22 RF side of the forum.  Laugh

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January 17, 2021 - 4:10 pm

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Bert H. said
Hello Richard,

In answer to your question, No, there were not any Model 55 and Model 94 receivers with the same serial number on them that were manufactured in the same year.  Because the Model 94 and Model 55 share the exact same receiver and all internal parts, the receivers were serialized, and then chosen at random to build either a Model 94 or a Model 55.  The receiver on your Your Model 55 rifle was serialized on January 21st, 1929.

The exact same situation occurred with the Model 64 and Model 94.

Bert  

Hi Bert, thank you for your help on this. Very much appreciated. So, is it even worth spending $40 for a “letter”?

Richard

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January 17, 2021 - 5:55 pm

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Richard Pike said

Hi Bert, thank you for your help on this. Very much appreciated. So, is it even worth spending $40 for a “letter”?

Richard  

Not in my opinion.

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January 17, 2021 - 6:07 pm

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Bert H. said

Not in my opinion.  

I like having the letters.  It may help sell the gun easier at a latter date.  One other thing to think about is that this money goes to support the Museum.  This in itself is important to me.

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January 17, 2021 - 7:25 pm

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Chuck said

Bert H. said

Not in my opinion.  

I like having the letters.  It may help sell the gun easier at a latter date.  One other thing to think about is that this money goes to support the Museum.  This in itself is important to me.  

Chuck,

A letter for a Model 55 contains just the date it was serialized… nothing else.  While I agree with you about supporting the CFM, a DOM letter should not cost $40… a $20 fee would elicit more business (in my opinion).

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January 17, 2021 - 11:51 pm

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Bert H. said

Chuck,

A letter for a Model 55 contains just the date it was serialized… nothing else.  While I agree with you about supporting the CFM, a DOM letter should not cost $40… a $20 fee would elicit more business (in my opinion).  

Sorry Bert.  I didn’t realize that all you can get is the serialization date.  I mostly don’t collect modern guns.

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January 18, 2023 - 8:11 pm

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Bert H. said
Hello Richard,

In answer to your question, No, there were not any Model 55 and Model 94 receivers with the same serial number on them that were manufactured in the same year.  Because the Model 94 and Model 55 share the exact same receiver and all internal parts, the receivers were serialized, and then chosen at random to build either a Model 94 or a Model 55.  The receiver on your Your Model 55 rifle was serialized on January 21st, 1929.

The exact same situation occurred with the Model 64 and Model 94.

Bert

  

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January 19, 2023 - 12:57 am

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Tim Leveille said

Bert H. said

Hello Richard,

In answer to your question, No, there were not any Model 55 and Model 94 receivers with the same serial number on them that were manufactured in the same year.  Because the Model 94 and Model 55 share the exact same receiver and all internal parts, the receivers were serialized, and then chosen at random to build either a Model 94 or a Model 55.  The receiver on your Your Model 55 rifle was serialized on January 21st, 1929.

The exact same situation occurred with the Model 64 and Model 94.

Bert

  

  

Tim,

What is your question regarding the previous post quoted above?

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