Winchester Model 61


November 3, 2007, 03:29 PM
I have a winchester model 61, serial number 28853, in used but working order. Does anyone have an idea what it's worth?

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November 3, 2007, 03:37 PM
Check out and see what people are buying and selling these for. Only you can decide what you want to get out of it, but you can get an idea what people are paying for them.

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December 28, 2007, 04:41 PM
If it has not been drilled for a scope mount these are very desirable collector guns. I have one of the prewar ones with an octagon barrel in 95% condition and have been offered $1600.00. The round barreled ones are approx 50% less than that. Mine is not for sale at any price!

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December 28, 2007, 04:46 PM
It was my first gun. I used to drag it everywhere and what amazes me is that there isn't a scratch on it. Mine is a round barrel and have had it appraised at $1K to a little more. Mine is not going anywhere either

December 28, 2007, 07:17 PM
The later ones had grooves for scope mounts. If it is just a shooter,probably $400-$600. Magnum, maybe $800. If it is perfect, perhaps the prices mentioned. I have had several. The problem with Gunbroker is that you can see some very high reserves, but very little sales.

December 29, 2007, 09:18 AM
The serial number puts that as a 1936 build. Depending on the details and condition, it could be worth a lot ... or not quite a lot but still in the 800-ish range. Pre-war models like yours tend to be a little more valuable to collectors

Post some more info, caliber(S, L, LR or LR only) , barrel type (octagonal?) and condition - how much finish (blueing) is left, what is the condition of the wood.
The 61 is a fine, high quality firearm.

And, if you want to sell it, let me be first in line.;)

December 29, 2007, 12:20 PM
Friend of mine cruising the Eastman show in Atlanta today saw a model 61 which was not as nice as the (darn near NIB, 1956 build) one I bought in December.

The finish was not as good and there was a clearly visible stock repair at the wrist. Seller wanted $600 for it but it is not coming home with my bud who has a good eye for quality.

December 29, 2007, 05:30 PM
I've got a '48 model which will never leave me. No longer a beauty after my father left it semi-neglect causing some receiver pitting (He loaned it to one of his old scotch buddies whom he thought highly of.), but perfect mechanically...A shame because she is a sweet shooter.

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