Price on minty Winchester 61?


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yosemitesam64
July 22, 2010, 02:09 AM
An acquaintance offered to sell me his late 40s Winchester model 61 22 rifle for $1100..it looks pristine, as it could have come from the factory..all original condition..is this a fair price??

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RainDodger
July 22, 2010, 01:18 PM
There are a lot of variables, so you should look in the big Winchester book first. I have a 1933 manufactured Model 61 with an octagonal barrel in primo condition and I'm hearing it could go for as much as $4K. $1100 could be a very fair price, though you should look carefully if it is a post-war model. Yours will likely have the longer forend/slide for sure.

Really - look carefully at what the books say and don't take just anyone's word on it. After you figure out exactly what you have, then look at what the current prices for similar rifles are, on gunbroker, etc.

Btw... the 61 is a great shooter. I learned how to shoot on the one that I have, when I was 6 or 7 years old. The rifle has the "heft" of earlier .22s... it just feels right. Some parts can be had from Numrich Arms, but others are scarce. It's a good thing that they're made as well as they are. Mine has functioned very well.

Gordon
July 22, 2010, 08:54 PM
The .22 mag version of the 61 goes for that in 90% or better, A run of the mill 61 in mint condition is a $700-800 these days.

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