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*WINCHESTER MODEL 71 DELUXE TRANSITION LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 16682. Cal. 348. Fine deluxe rifle with 24″ tapered rd bbl, half magazine, ramp front sight with hood, slot blank in the rear seat and scarce bolt peep. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain American walnut that has checkered beavertail forearm & capped pistol grip stock with checkered steel buttplate. Buttstock & forend cap have deluxe sling swivel bases containing orig swivels. This is a transition model with long tang and wrist with short comb. At one time it appears that this rifle may have had a slip-on rubber boot recoil pad as the bottom 3″ of the buttstock are a little darker color. The long tang versions are somewhat scarcer than the later short tang version being only about 2/5 of the total production. The Model 71 was in production from late 1935 until 1958 when the model was discontinued after only 47,254 were produced. No production or shipping records are available but it is believed that the deluxe version of this rifle was produced in substantially fewer numbers than the standard grade version. The total production numbers include not only standard grade and deluxe rifles, but also standard grade and deluxe carbines. A few were produced in cal 33 WCF & 45-70. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 98-99% crisp orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear on the receiver & minor thinning on the lever. Wood is sound with the aforementioned color difference in the buttstock finish, a few very light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of it’s bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore and may be unfired. 4-48844 JR157 (3,500-5,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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