SOLD FOR: $1650
Serial Number: 344567
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Caliber: .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire
Action Type: Takedown Pump Action with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “—WINCHESTER— / –TRADE MARK– / —MADE IN U.S.A.—”, “—MODEL 61— / 22 WIN. MAG. R. F.”. “WP” in an oval appears on the top of the barrel and on the top of the receiver. The serial number, “344567”, appears on the lower grip tang, and again on the underside of the receiver, over “A”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with flat-bottom grooved slide handle, smooth semi-pistol grip, straight comb and checkered hard rubber buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks and scuffs primarily on the left side of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear at the heel and toe along with a few nicks on the edge. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore, most at the muzzle-end.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The barrel has intermittent minor nicks and scuffs, primarily along the top. The screws are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a cross-bolt safety at the front of the trigger guard and a slide release at the left rear. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 61 rifle was introduced in 1932, and was a hammerless design with a tubular magazine. It was actually released after the Model 62, which like the previous Models 1890 and 1906 also had a hammer. The Model 61 was Winchester’s answer to the hammerless Remington and Marlin rifles being produced. Round and octagon barrels were available in .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle, and the octagon barrels were also available in .22 WRF. After WWII, the octagon barrels were discontinued and the .22 WRF chambering was offered in round barrels. This is a post-war vintage Model 61 rifle made in 1964. The rifle is in Fine condition with about 95% of its original finish remaining, strong mechanics, and a nice bore. This rifle could take its place in a collection alongside its Model 1890, 1906 and 61 cousins, but could also still serve as a fun plinker. Please see our photos and good luck!