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Just a wild shot but I wonder if anyone might have seen this marking previously.

This is a friend’s Winchester cleaning rod, origin unknown. The rod is 7.5″ long, so halfway between the typical 7″ rifle rod and 8″ carbine rod. The marking seems to be an X over some other mark.

I wondered if it might be a ranch brand or perhaps a military marking from a contract W66 or W73 supplied to a European power.

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Richard,

I haven’t seen cleaning rods marked at all. Can you post a picture of it.

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I thought I uploaded the image first time. Try again.

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Hi Richard       The slot in the rod appears tapered.   Winchester made ones were parallel and punched through.   May be just an optical illusion from the photo.    I would guess foreign made, probably for Military issue.  I have never seen any marked by Winchester.     Cheers  Eric 

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