February 6, 2022
April 15, 2005
Winchester used Nickel Steel alloy barrels from the start of production in August 1912 through early 1932 when they switched to the Proof Steel (chrome-moly) alloy barrels. From a shooter’s perspective, the Proof Steel alloy barrels are better due to the higher tensile strength. From a collector’s perspective, the Nickel Steel barrels are slightly more desirable due to the fact that they are older (earlier production).
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member