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Winchester model 71 barrel anomalies
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Thanks to a fellow member here, I was able to unite these two model 71 rifles. Both have been mentioned on this forum before but weren’t under the same roof. 

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Matted barrels are so cool and I always liked the barrel markings on these guns (earlier?).

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Matted barrels are so cool and I always liked the barrel markings on these guns (earlier?).

  

Both are early long tang special rifles with the type 1 barrel address (thanks Bert). Each wears a bolt peep. The top rifle has a matted barrel and the lower rifle has no provisions for a rear barrel sight dovetail. Neither feature is especially rare for Winchester rifles in general, but I feel each feature is quite rare on model 71s. 

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Plain Jane early long tang. Don’t like shooting it as they kick like a Mule. Big Larry

 

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I know TxGunNut has some .348, or he did recently…I need to talk him out of a round or two and feel the mule for myself!

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They’re not ideal squirrel rifle plinkers, a bit hard on the shoulder after several rounds. But I don’t mind a couple rounds at a time with a t-shirt on. When shooting at large game, I can’t feel the kick. When sighting a new (to me) 71 in, I cheat and buffer myself from the kick. 

Nice looking 71 Big Larry!

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Joel,

Yes, both of those features are very rarely found on the Model 71.  Your matted barrel rifle is still the only known example.  The rear sight dovetail delete option should have been very common on the 1935 – 1947 production rifles (when the No. 98A bolt peep was still the standard rear sight), but for some unknown reason, Winchester continued the wasted effort to mill the dovetail and then put a blank piece in it.

My Model 71 research survey currently has 3,204 (6.78%) of the rifles now documented.  While I suspect that it will take me another 5-6 years to reach it, I believe that I will reach my original goal of surveying 10% of the total production.  I began the survey in early 2011.

Please remind me what the serial number is on your rifle with the deleted dovetail (I have two rifles documented with that feature).

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Jeremy P said
I know TxGunNut has some .348, or he did recently…I need to talk him out of a round or two and feel the mule for myself!

  

Play your cards right and you can let a certain mule kick you to your heart’s content! I’ll have it on my table at Cody. I’ll bring ammo so you can shoot it at Whittington Center on your way home.

 

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Joel,

Yes, both of those features are very rarely found on the Model 71.  Your matted barrel rifle is still the only known example.  The rear sight dovetail delete option should have been very common on the 1935 – 1947 production rifles (when the No. 98A bolt peep was still the standard rear sight), but for some unknown reason, Winchester continued the wasted effort to mill the dovetail and then put a blank piece in it.

My Model 71 research survey currently has 3,204 (6.78%) of the rifles now documented.  While I suspect that it will take me another 5-6 years to reach it, I believe that I will reach my original goal of surveying 10% of the total production.  I began the survey in early 2011.

Please remind me what the serial number is on your rifle with the deleted dovetail (I have two rifles documented with that feature).

Bert

  

Sorry for the slow reply Bert!

SN: 1855

I believe that’s the lowest model 71 SN I own. 

Would you mind sharing the other deleted dovetail 71’s serial number?

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Bert H. said

Joel,

Yes, both of those features are very rarely found on the Model 71.  Your matted barrel rifle is still the only known example.  The rear sight dovetail delete option should have been very common on the 1935 – 1947 production rifles (when the No. 98A bolt peep was still the standard rear sight), but for some unknown reason, Winchester continued the wasted effort to mill the dovetail and then put a blank piece in it.

My Model 71 research survey currently has 3,204 (6.78%) of the rifles now documented.  While I suspect that it will take me another 5-6 years to reach it, I believe that I will reach my original goal of surveying 10% of the total production.  I began the survey in early 2011.

Please remind me what the serial number is on your rifle with the deleted dovetail (I have two rifles documented with that feature).

Bert

Sorry for the slow reply Bert!

SN: 1855

I believe that’s the lowest model 71 SN I own. 

Would you mind sharing the other deleted dovetail 71’s serial number?

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