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    Opinions on this Winchester Receiver?

    Is this August of 1943 WRA receiver worth restoring?
    I don't see strong evidence of annealing, but there is some darkening towards the rear end of the receiver. The finish is very blue, but worn a good bit.

    Please let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks in advance!
    --Brian

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    #2
    I do not know much about putting one together,but does the front leg have a rebuild Mark by a army arsenal and date? And from what I am hearing a decent W.R.A. Barrel will run near a $1000.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Mgv744 View Post
      I do not know much about putting one together,but does the front leg have a rebuild Mark by a army arsenal and date? And from what I am hearing a decent W.R.A. Barrel will run near a $1000.
      Hi,
      Thanks for the reply.
      There's no rebuild mark on the receiver at all, and it doesn't appear to have been annealed.
      I recently sold a couple WRA barrels, but I didn't get anywhere near a $1000 for them. I think the later ones can be had a lot cheaper, but the early ones are very expensive.
      Cheers,
      --Brian
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        #4
        Nice. That would be a fun build. Lol, I have the perfect nice well stamped GHD stock set for it . It's too late for me to build

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          #5
          Originally posted by Bubba1 View Post
          Nice. That would be a fun build. Lol, I have the perfect nice well stamped GHD stock set for it . It's too late for me to build
          Thanks!
          I think it would be fun as well. I have a few irons in the fire, but once my plate gets cleared off I can start playing around with it.
          I wish I didn't sell one of the WRA barrels that I had. The second one that I sold recently would have been perfect for this receiver......figures!!
          Welcome to the Addiction!

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            #6
            Winchester did make some barrels in the 1960's,but they are not correct for ww2 winchester garands and are marked different. A early barrel that came on my CMP winchester garand with me1,te1+ are not to be found.I was lucky to get it that way.
            Last edited by Mgv744; 12-30-2017, 04:52 PM.

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              #7
              They are out there. Quality is sometimes a bit harder to find .

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                #8
                Brian , At that time they were done during manufacturing before original builds I thought .Yours looks annealed to me . 1942 I believe is when they started annealing at factory.

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                  #9
                  Did'nt help this one though


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                    #10
                    Thank You for posting photos. Do you have the back story on above receiver? Was it purchased this way or did it fracture while you were shooting it?

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                      #11
                      It's possible that annealing did help this receiver. Annealing wasn't to prevent a failure but to prevent the receiver from shattering causing damage or death to the shooter. It seems to have worked in that it only cracked and not shattered even though it is a devastating failure but not a fatal one.

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                        #12
                        I know it came from CMP in a lot of scrap receivers Dupage bought.looks like original finish and no doubt has had many thousands of rounds through it.Every contact surface is shiney worn through rough mill marks. Elevation serations worn almost smooth.
                        I would say op rod dismounted or spring broke and let bolt hit heel full force.

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