Model: 64 Deluxe “Deer Rifle”
Serial Number: 1803636
Year of Manufacture: 1951
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Action Type: Top Ejecting Lever Action with 2/3 Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, -“WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“-, “MODEL 64 – 30-30 WIN.-“. The top of the barrel and the receiver chamber ring are each marked with a “WP” proof. The underside of the receiver is marked “1803636”. The lower tang in front of the the trigger is marked with “CV”.
Barrel Length: 24 ¼”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a hodded, textured ramp that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notched semi-buckhorn elevator sight that is dovetailed into the barrel with the notch fine-adjustable for elevation. The left side of the receiver is drilled and tapped with a Lyman 66A receiver sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with semi-beavertail forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel shotgun-style buttplate and a sling-plate mounted in the belly (the other is integral to the nosecap. The stocks have light handling wear with a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined, mostly sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear, mostly at the heel, with a spot of oxidation on the right edge near the heel and well defined checkering. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. Our bore gauge measures a ME of about 1.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The finish is strong throughout with infrequent minor surface oxidation, most notable on the top tang and right receiver flat, and the bolt, lever and hammer have operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions smoothly and correctly, and the trigger is crisp. This rifle has lever and half-cock hammer safeties. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 64 Rifle in .30-30 Win. with a 24 1/4” barrel and ¾ length magazine tube. The rifle is a 64 Deer Rifle, the deluxe version with checkered stocks, capped grip and sling mounts front and rear. In about Fine-plus overall condition, this rifle retains about 96% of its original finish, the bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. Our bore gauge measured a ME of 1.0, indicating light and responsible use over the last 69 years. Winchester’s venerable Model 94 rifle, long a favorite of hunters and outdoorsmen, was beginning to lose sales in the early 1920’s, although the shorter barreled carbine was still popular. More people were travelling by motorcar and railroad, and Winchester thought a takedown rifle based on the Model 94 would sell well. The Model 55 was introduced in 1924, but never sold particularly well, and was discontinued in 1932 when it was superseded by the Model 64. The Model 64 was a redesign of the Model 55 with a longer magazine tube and made with a solid frame only. The Model 64 stayed in production until 1957, with a total of only 66,783 manufactured, making it one of the rarer lever action models made by Winchester. A 2nd batch of 8250 was produced in the early 1970’s, but those made before 1964 have better quality and smoothness of operation than that found on more modern Model 94’s. We expect the Winchester collectors to be very interested in this rifle, especially in such high condition and being the deluxe variant. If the collectors don’t take enough notice, this will make someone a very nice deer rifle. Please see our photos and good luck!