I have a Winchester Model 61, pump action rifle (.22 S, L, & LR) that was, I'm told, originally designed by John M. Browning. The rifle was given to me by my father, NIB, many, many years ago. Indeed, it was the first firearm I ever owned. Little did my Dad know at the time where that simple but very thoughtful gift would lead, but oh well, the vagaries of fate seem to have intervened, as they so often do, and here I am today with enough firearms to start WWIII.
Anyway, the rifle has great sentimental value to me quite obviously, especially since my father passed away over twenty years ago. On another forum thread recently, IPT kindly mentioned to me that these Mod 61s have increased considerably in value over the years. That sparked my curiosity about the true value of the weapon today. I would greatly appreciate any information you folks might be able to impart. Here is the detailed info on the rifle:
Winchester Model 61.
Caliber: .22 short, long, or long rifle, but I've shot LRs through it exclusively.
High-quality walnut stock.
Serial No. 27872
The metal on the rifle was professionally
reblued and the stock professionally
refinished in 1988 after the rifle was slightly water-damaged in a fire. It has been shot very little since then. All
parts are original and the weapon functions flawlessly as it always has. The tiny original gold bead that was soldered to the front sight is long gone, Lord only knows where. It probably forms part of Saturn's rings by now.
The only addition I have made to the rifle was to mount a non-permanent scope on the grooved receiver designed for that purpose.
Thanks in advance for any input.