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Model 63 Winchester

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by 45Smashemflat, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

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    Ok, there is an adult beverage riding on this one. In the What's it worth forum I've been asking about a few guns that my Dad had been asked to clean up and establish value on. One was a box of parts. After a bit of gnashing of teeth and one cut thumb, box of parts turns out to be a fully assembled Model 63 Winchester. Now I know squat about this gun. Looks a little like the Browning auto, but it ejects out the side. The gun is beat up, but appears functional. Metal on this one is in better shape than the others. It was fun to get together. May try to shoot it tomorrow AM.

    Here is the bet, how old is it? Its serial number is 5837XX. Not sure if it matters, but the fore part of the gun has the serial number as listed, the aft part has the same number, but it is missing the last letter. I assume this was for tracking through assembly. I think this gun is about 1960's or so, Dad thnks its older. Who owes who a beer?
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    1933 to 1958
    You got prize there

    Right now a NIB 63 is worth 1500+
    Your ser number may have too many numbers
    end of production 1958 was 175223.
    If your number is 58370 then it's 1946
    Winchester did rerun the 63 in 1998 with a limited run of 2000
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  3. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

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    Go buy your Dad a beer, 45Smash!

    (That's not a big deal, though. Buying one's Dad a beer is a privilege!)
  4. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    Your ser number may have too many numbers
    end of production 1958 was 175223.
    If your number is 58370 then it's 1946
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    In addition to 22WRF's info, the model 63 was made with 2 different barrel lengths. One was the early model with a 20 inch barrel up to serial number 9800 and the second was with a 23 inch barrel to the end of production.

    20 inch barrel:

    fair - $400
    poor - $250

    23 inch barrel:

    fair - $400
    poor - $200

    add 20% for a grooved receiver on the 23 inch version.

    Nice find! :)
  6. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

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    Thanks for the info folks! Adults beverages will be swapped, no welshing!!
  7. Jackman

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    Since this is an old thread I figured its safe to ask about my model 63 it also functional the stocks are in good shape imop but the metal has slight surface rust, it is the short 20 inch barrel and not grooved for a scope but does have a vintage folding peep sight, it also has a very low serial #, its number 520 and my Grandfather bought it way back in the 30's, so what do you think its worth?
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    Would you take $250 for it?
  9. inplanotx

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    I see you didn't realize that this original question was answered 3 years ago. Maybe if you tripled your offer he may take it. Since Winchester announced their shut down, prices of these little 22's have soared. In the one above, if that is an original tang peep site, the site alone would be more than your offer.

    IPT - keeping things honest.

    And yes, your first year of manufacture serial number would bring quite a premium today.
  10. sdunc939

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    I have a friend who inherited a model 63. When the trigger is pulled it fires fully automatic. Any suggestions
  11. Shooter45

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    First, give it a good cleaning. If it's still going full auto, check the trigger group for any wear. If he doesn't know what he's doing, get that rifle to a good gunsmith ASAP.

    Be very careful with this rifle as full auto will get him a serious fine and possibly some jail time.
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    montezumaz Former Guest

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    John (one of my plinking buddies) and I attended the Crossroads of the West gun show at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale AZ, August 11. The show opened at 9 and we arrived at 9:30. 1,000 tables! 30 minutes after entering, I spied a Winchester Model 63 before John did. Winchester manufactured these .22 firearms from 1933 through 1958. S/N 1483xx was made in 1955.
    Stock and barrel easily rate at 99%. Stock: No cracks, dents or scuffs. Barrel: Excellent bluing, no rust or dings. In this condition, I've seen them at gun shows priced from $850 all the way up to $1,450. So I never expected to find one I could afford in this condition. This gentleman was selling his personal rifles, so after two minutes of "friendly haggling" I was able to purchase it for $510. I had four individuals ask to buy it from me before we left the show.
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    He did clean it and it shot normally for awhile, then back to full auto. I agree with you - I think he needs a good gunsmith. Thanks
  14. Shooter45

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    He needs to remove the action from the stock and spray the trigger group with brake cleaner. That should wash out all the crud. Then blow it out with compressed air and lightly oil.

    Unless something is seriously worn, that should cure the problem.

    The part about the rifle working correctly after cleaning and later going full auto again tells me it wasn't cleaned completely.

    Keep us posted.
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    montezumaz Former Guest

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    I agree with Shooter45! I would suggest using a light coating of Kroil. The stuff is inexpensive and does a superior job!
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