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Old May 27th, 2019, 07:04 PM   #1
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Winchester Model 63 rifle

Recently acquired this rifle and it has been abused and ignored for what would appear most of it's life. Forearm cracked as well as the butt stock, but believe I can repair w/ some effort. Aside from it's condition I am amazed at the machining that was required to mfg. this rifle. Small knurled knob at rear of receiver and loosening same you simply pull the lower from the barreled upper. The mechanism within the lower, meaning trigger, hammer, etc. are all of milled solid steel. The bolt is some 5-6" in length and also of solid milled steel. The interior was loaded up with grime and powder residue as 22's are prone to do and have since given both upper and lower complete scrubbing and oiling. Magazine is tubular type feeding from the rear w/ opening in right side of stock to drop your rounds in and then shove spring loaded tube forward. Once that is done, reach forward of the forearm and push the button to the rear and release and round it is loaded. Fortunate that upon cleaning the bore it appears to be in fine condition and having shot it seems to shoot where you point it. Put some 40 or so rounds through it both slow fire and rapid fire with no issues, it works as it should.
To mfg. such a rifle in todays dollars the rifle would cost as much as a Buick!
To say I am impressed with the rifle is an understatement and do plan on fully restoring it for it is not a collector item but a working rifle for me. Come squirrel season there will be several days in the woods with me and this Winchester.

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I've been the owner of more than one 63. To me they are the finest made semi-auto ever produced. I bought my first when I was only 16 and kicked myself many times for selling it. In 1972 I found an excellent late model 63 with grooved receiver at a local gun shop for $100. I still have that rifle. It's won a few turkeys at the local turkey shoots. The 63 was cancelled in 1958 because it was too expensive to manufacture. They were pushing $100 then. Now a 63 in excellent condition will bring well over $1000.

In John Ross's book UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES the principle character buying his first rifle chose a Model 63 because it was such a high quality rifle. Even the Japanese/Browning copies made 20 years ago are excellent (can't say that about Taurus copies).

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John Ross's book UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

What a book! Read it twice.

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I've read it four times and it still scares me.

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Read “Enemies, Foreign and Domestic”

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Read that one too..

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Had a little kerfuffle with the wife's 63 recently. Hadn't shot it in a while, decided we needed to fix that and off we went to a friends pasture. Loaded mag, chambered one, squeezed the trigger and .... brrrrrp! Holy Moses that was quick! Tried again (like 3 rds or so), same. I had already had a very good book on detail disassembly, written by a fella that was very plain spoken and understandable. Believe I picked it up off of eBay and could not recommend it enough as a guide to the somewhat unusual disassembly of the bottom end of that little jewel (and it IS a little jewel of a .22, a heck of an engineering marvel to be sure!) I found the eBay title "WINCHESTER MODEL 63 cal .22 DO EVERYTHING MANUAL DISASSEMBLY CARE BOOK NEW", if you have to dive into one of them, it helped. Amazing that big circular hammer around that magazine, and tapping out a dove tailed, "semi-circular" buttress to get the hammer spring out.

Anyhow, that little oval pin hole for the sear must have accumulated some crap in it, a good cleaning, a lick or two on the sear and hammer surfaces and she was good to go. I learned about that gun being mentioned in the referenced book "Unintended Consequences" while fixing that.

I got hers fixed and tested back before the CV19 scourge, and we spent some time and some Federal Auto Match reveling in what a sweet little .22 (marked for High Velocity LR) no less. Hers is a smooth top, not grooved for a scope mount, but that's fine, those little irons are still okay because it fits so well.

Enjoy your 63, keep that book in mind if you ever need to take it apart beyond take-down for cleaning.

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What a book! Read it twice.
I like the prairie dog hunters and the ATF SWAT team.

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Old May 21st, 2020, 11:10 AM   #10
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This guy has replacements available for that forearm if you are looking for one.
https://www.shop.macongunstocks.com/...-63-Forend.htm

I looked first at Numrich to see if they had any old stock parts, but they don't.
Only other thought would be to find one that's pretty beat, but has a good forearm.

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If that one is a little out of your price range here is another option

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