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Lot 41: Experimental Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle

Unique Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle with Experimental .22 WMR Barrel

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 41: Experimental Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle

Unique Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle with Experimental .22 WMR Barrel

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $9,500
Price Realized:

Unique Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle with Experimental .22 WMR Barrel

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 61
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 WMR
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 856
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 50
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1960, this Winchester Model 61 features a unique "experimental" type barrel chambered for the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire cartridge. The barrel lacks the standard inscription and is simply hand stamped ".22 W.M.R." on the left side with Winchester "WP" proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech. Similar experimental style barrel markings are pictured on page 90 of "Winchester Slide Action Rifles: Volume II" by Ned Schwing. Beaded blade front and elevation adjustable rear notch sights, groove top receiver, and serrated trigger and hammer catch. 17 groove slide handle and smooth pistol grip stock with checkered Winchester composite buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 97% bright original blue finish, slide retraction marks visible on the barrel, and some light spotting on the magazine tube. The refinished wood is also very fine with some small dings. Mechanically excellent.



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