Winchester Model 63 "breakdown"

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Trez, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    i thought this would be a neat little rifle to start a discussion on. from what ive read this the first rifle to shoot the .22LR. its the only rifle ive seen to cock it you press a "button" under the barrel on the front of the stock, it also breaks into two parts. the sn# dates it to 1934. still shoots great!!
     

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  2. Blaine

    Blaine New Member

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    I love my Model 63. I inherited it from my Grandfather. 1935.

    Still is deadly accurate.

    [​IMG]
     

  3. therhino

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    Very cool piece. Something about the shape of a Winchester is just awesome.
     
  4. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Very nice. I've always wanted a 63. Had a chance at one in .22WRF, but want one in LR.
     
  5. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Saw one on GB that looked to be in good shape. You don't have enough rifles, you should go for it.
     
  6. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    You haven't even seen the .22's......
     
  7. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Hmm... Several of them on there that look good. But they have really gone up in price.
     
  8. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Yup. Neat rifle! I've shot a few, but never owned one. Need to get
    my hands on another one, just to see if it will actually operate as
    described in "Unintended Consequences".

    Hate to burst your bubble, but the 63 was NOT the first rifle chambered for
    22 Long rifle. The 63 came out in 1933, 46 years after the 22 LR came on
    the scene.

    "The cartridge originated from the Flobert BB Cap of 1845 through the .22 Smith & Wesson cartridge of 1857, and was developed by the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company in 1887 by combining the casing of the .22 Long with the 40-grain (2.6 g) bullet of the .22 Extra Long"
     
  9. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    The Winchester Model 1903 was the first commercially available self-loading .22 rimfire caliber in the US. Designed by T.C. Johnson, the Model 1903 was chambered for the unique .22 Winchester Automatic cartridge. In 1919, the Model 1903 moniker was shortened to Model 03, and following a partial redesign in the 1930s, was renamed the Model 63. The Model 63, introduced in 1933, was chambered for the popular and widely available .22 Long Rifle cartridge. It was initially made with a 20" barrel, then with a 23" barrel from 1936 until the end of production in 1958. About 175,000 Model 63 rifles were manufactured, with the last 10,000 having grooved receiver tops for scope mounting. Both the 1903/03 and the 63 have tubular magazines in the butt stock of the rifle and are loaded through a slot in the right side of the butt stock.

    ooops... i had it confused with the 03:eek:
     
  10. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    I know--a little nit-picky--but what you SAID was:

    "from what ive read this the first rifle to shoot the .22LR"

    Not first Winchester. Not first auto-loader. First RIFLE. And that goes back to 1887. Probably in a Stevens tip-up rifle, but I don't know for sure.

    FWIW, The model 1890 pump might be the earliest Winchester in 22LR.
    Earliest auto loader in 22LR? I don't know. Savage had the Model 1912
    in--well-1912. There might be some earlier. The 03 Winchester was not
    ever chambered in 22LR, but in 22 Win Auto--a proprietary cartridge that
    doesn't interchange with anything I know of.