Model 63 Winchester

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Introduction | I. Models | II. Variations | III. Condition
Model 63 (Outline) | Gun Parts Diagram

A Brief History of Winchester Rifles and the Model 63

Winchester Rifles and Shotguns was established by Oliver F. Winchester on February 20, 1866.  The first model produced under his name was the Model 1866 lever-action rifle .44 caliber rimfire.  There had been earlier rifles using lever action  including the Rocket Ball and Volition Repeater in 1848, Jennings Rifle (patent 1851), Smith and Wesson pistol, and Volcanic Repeating Arms (New Haven Arms Company and Henry Rifles).  When the design was improved by B. Henry Tyler (shop foreman at the New Haven Arms Company), the .44 caliber metallic rimfire cartridge became powerful enough to compete with the single shot rifles of the day.   Winchester Repeating Arms Company established itself as one of the world's leading firearms manufacturers of the world, and the subsequent rifles produced by Winchester are highly prized today by collectors.

About Model 63 Winchester Rifles - In 1933, Winchester introduced the Model 63 semiautomatic rifle to take the place of the Model 1903.   This replacement was necessitated by the problem of having to have a special .22 caliber cartridge to achieve proper blow-back of the bolt in the Model 1903.  The Model 63 was chambered for the newly developed .22 LR cartridge, and this solved the blow-back problem with a universally available ammunition. 

The Model 63 was manufactured from 1933 through 1958 with approximately 175,000 gun produced during that period.  In the first four years guns were made with a barrel length of 20" (up to serial number 9,800), and was then changed to 23" for the remainder of the production.  All Model 63 guns had a plain walnut forearm and pistol-grip stock, the latter with a metal butt plate.  The loading port was on the side of the stock and the magazine was accessed through the rear of the butt.  Winchester added grooved receivers on the last 10,000 Models 63 that they produced, in order to assist with scope mounting.

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To determine the value of your firearm, you must first analyze it carefully.  There are two distinct models, and then two variations of the  second Winchester Model 63 rifle, and they all vary somewhat in value.  In appraising your gun, you must initially determine if you have the  20 inch or 23 inch barrel model, the what variation of the 23" barreled-model.   After selecting the appropriate Model and variation, you will be easily guided to the value range.  There are 4 steps to this process.

Step 1: Determine the Model of firearm
Step 2: Determine the Variation of model type
Step 3: Determine the Condition of firearm
Step 4:
Determine the Book Value of firearm

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Introduction | Models | Variations | Condition | Model 63 Outline of Features | Gun Parts