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    Does anyone like Winchester Model 61 Smoothbore's For Shot Only?

    I never thought I would get one of these again since the prices went though the roof. This one is serial 52,xxx from 1940.



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    VERY nice.

    For reasons unknown, I am a Remington fan and have a 1938 Remington Model 121 Smoothbore with the Routledge counterbore, an item that has also escalated greatly in price the last few years. Even the Model 572 Smoothbore I bought new in the 1970s has escalated greatly in value. Apart for their collector value, smoothbore .22 "rifles" have great utility, which accounts for some of their current market value since no one makes them anymore.

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    I have a bolt action single shot Marlin made between 1936 & 1941,it's called a "shotgun" not a smoothbore,the reason for that is it has a choke in the bbl, but not @ the muzzle,it's in the middle of the bbl. & resembles what u see in a cylinder where the end of the chamber is,it's a little ledge & very effective,I've killed birds as far away as 30 or 40 feet,@ 6 or 8 ft it destroys a snakes head.I keep it right by the front door.When I bought it about 10 yrs ago it cost about $300 due to it's rareness,I've never seen another one like it,I showed it to a Marlin rep one time out @ Winter Range & he said he'd never heard of them before.I've shot a couple coyotes from about 25 yds when they got too close to my barn & you should see them jump,it doesn't do any damage but sure gets their attention.

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    nice model 61. I started out collecting Winchester and Remington 22s mainly pumps and bolt actions. I loved the winchester 22short gallery guns and the smooth bores. I sold them all long ago, wish I had kept a couple of them.
    the only 22s I have now are a browning takedown auto in 22short, a colteer bolt action, and my original rem. nylon 66 that my dad bought me when I was around 14.

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    &nbsp;I just thought the Winchester 61 smoothbores were too high back when you could still find them at gun shows, and passed them up. Never saw that many, but wish I had bought them all.<br><br>I bought one of the Remington Model 514's to use on various varmints, and was amazed at the pattern it would shoot.

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    JohnnyP, I wish mine were a Routledge bore! Only 77 made and doubles the value. Like Judge Colt I too like Remington's, and I was actually looking for a 121 Routledge but this came along first. I still hope to get a 121 SB someday and they are not real easy to find either. The Routledge bore is said to tighten the pattern 300% compared to a cylinder (.22) bore.

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    I've got a Winchester model 36 smoothbore, but its chambered in 9 mm rimfire, also have a German Krico 22 smoothbore.

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    Beautiful SB's gentlemen . We've taken in a fair share of them over the years . Most recent a 510 Targetmaster . I think Savage was the last to offer their MKI in sb , too bad they discontinued .
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