This is number 2 of the 6 winchesters my father has passed down to me. The first was the 1873 I posted a couple of days ago. At the age of 93 he has finally felt that I am responsible enough to carry the torch for him. Nothing fancy. Not a lot of bluing left. But holding on to this gun today takes me back 50 years to my youth when I was hunting Blacktail deer in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I think it was born around 1955 (along with me) and its serial # is 2127421 if you can’t read it.
Anyway…. would certainly appreciate any evaluations or suggestions you might have as I continue to be its caretaker. I am always willing to improve it or just let it be. Love the advice this site provides and I thank you in advance.
April 15, 2005
It is a 1955 production gun, most likely in late Spring of that year.
As for the gun itself, the sling mounts are aftermarket, and the stocks have been moderately sanded and refinished. The butt stock fit to the receiver frame and tangs is noticeably undersized.
I too grew up hunting Blacktail in Oregon, but on the coast (in the Nehalem to Astoria coastal range).
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
November 19, 2006
The gun is as is when purchased 55 years ago so any changes must have been done prior to that. Fits perfect for me so I was surprised to hear of the modifications. The man who my dad bought it from has passed so no answers there. The sling I could tell was an add on and not done very well at that, but as I said it is exactly the way now as it was when I first hunted with it in 1968. I know my grandson will enjoy it soon.