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For those of you who are looking for the ultra rare Winchester, this is one you should consider…

https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/70/3168#detail

The Model 65 in 25-20 WCF is the least common (rarest) caliber.  Factory “Deluxe” Model 65 rifles are rare (my estimate is the total was < 600 in all calibers).  The 25-20 WCF thus far accounts for just 17.57% of the total production, and just 7.26% (565) of all Model 65 rifles were the “Deluxe” variation.  If you do the math, that equates to just under 100 Deluxe Model 65 Rifles were made in 25-20 WCF.

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Bert,

Thanks for pointing this nice 65 out, and the explanation on the rarity of this Deluxe model. Be interesting to see what it sells for.

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I will never understand why WINCHESTER stopped putting the “Winchester” logo on the top tang. I understand it was a “money saving” decision…what’d they save, $1.92. Gotta be a better answer here…maybe removing the stamping made it more accurate, or lighter or something. You ever seen a Chevy built without “CHEVROLET” or their emblem on it somewhere? Sorry for the rant. Peter

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Wow, that’s quite a rifle and there’s 8 M65’s in that auction. Someone could start a heck of 65 collection all at once with a open checkbook. Thanks for sharing, Bert, very cool.

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Such a sweet rifle! Would love to locate the rear sling mounting screw for the butt stock…I have a 65 218 Bee (w bolt peep) that is missing that piece.

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Captain Kummok said
Such a sweet rifle! Would love to locate the rear sling mounting screw for the butt stock…I have a 65 218 Bee (w bolt peep) that is missing that piece.  

That’s funny as I think I have the forend cap (with swivel) that would work for the M65 and possibly others (e.g. M55).  I would think that would be harder to find that the rear sling mounting screw.  However, the most difficult to find part is almost always the one a person is looking for Wink

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steve004 said

That’s funny as I think I have the forend cap (with swivel) that would work for the M65 and possibly others (e.g. M55).  I would think that would be harder to find that the rear sling mounting screw.  However, the most difficult to find part is almost always the one a person is looking for Wink  

Ain’t it the truth!?! But the hunt is an important part of the adventure…truth be told, I haven’t been looking hard for that mounting screw yet..just saw the very nice 65 and remembered that I needed one to fill the hole…it does make one wonder why one mounting screw is MIA and everything else is present and accounted for…if only these old tools came with mini-Go Pros back in the 1800s!

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That’s why I love this forum you learn things that you can’t find our anywhere else but here!  Thanks for posting Bert. 

Someday in the future perhaps I might have one residing in my safe

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