View Full Version : Winchester model 06, .22 pump rifle serial number/date question again

November 1, 2007, 07:56 PM
Hello, will someone please put a date to my rifle for me, serial number 803xxx.

I've had this Winchester nearly 20 years, always wondered about it. Now looking, I see Jim Keenan here talking about one:

I found a couple samples at Cabelas and as suspected are somewhat desirable.

709xxx/1912, asking $1299: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/community/gun_inventory/inventory/ritchfield/win_rifle/709973_win1906.jsp

724xxx / 1913 engraved $2999 sold: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/community/gun_inventory/inventory/buda/win_rifle/724235_win06_buda.jsp

I am not looking to sell my rifle. I would like opinions about it. It doesn't appear to have been sanded on but it's not as dark as most. The blueing is nearly perfect. I don't believe it has been refinished. Check it out:


You can see here there is no wear to the sliding parts and bluing:


Thanks for looking, thanks for the great site, Matt

November 2, 2007, 03:54 PM
I'm sorry about the poll, I don't know how to remove it. Can someone help me figure out when my rifle mentioned above was made. It is serial number 803xxx.

Thanks so much,

November 2, 2007, 08:59 PM
1935. Was the last year for the 06.

November 3, 2007, 06:20 PM
1935? I didn't think they made them that long, are you sure? I've seen serial numbers close to mine claiming 1910-14. Does anyone know of an online source for dating these? I'm surprised, because the extensive information I've found on other brands i.e. Colt, Springfield, Ruger etc.. Thanks for the input, Hawg.

November 3, 2007, 09:10 PM
One thing about this board, people usually don't answer questions unless they know the answer.;)

Blue Book of Gun Values, 28th ed., Fjestad, only lists s/n sequence through 1932. (727353) The remaining guns were of irregular production runs, and lastly of excess parts. BTW, BB estimates the value of a 90% 06 at $800.

They also note "This model is seldom encountered in over 90% original condition".

November 4, 2007, 10:35 AM
1935? I didn't think they made them that long, are you sure? I've seen serial numbers close to mine claiming 1910-14. Does anyone know of an online source for dating these? I'm surprised, because the extensive information I've found on other brands i.e. Colt, Springfield, Ruger etc.. Thanks for the input, Hawg.


November 4, 2007, 09:36 PM
Sorry about that, just back online now.

Thanks guys, you especially Hawg, didn't mean no disrespect. Thanks for the link, same info I found here: http://armscollectors.com/sn/windates.htm

All lists end at 708259 in 1934 so I reckon that just means my 803xxx was manufactured after that, like you say.

Thanks, interesting study, lucky find.

February 16, 2010, 12:09 PM
I know the posts are quite old but I stumbled onto them just today. Winchester ended production on these rifles in 1935 but they had leftover parts so they used them up and manufactured the 06 in 1936 and 1937. Thus the higher serial numbers.

James K
February 16, 2010, 04:20 PM
Some sources say actual production ended in 1935, with s/n 708259 at the start of the year and 25 made that year, so that would make the last number 708284. In any case, they had enough unnumbered receivers and parts to assemble and ship guns for several years after that. Supposedly serial numbers reached 848000, (we know they reached 803,xxx) but there were gaps and actual production reached only the 708,284 or so indicated in the books.

Why the gap(s)? I don't know but I suspect they lost track of where they were when production stopped and when they assembled rifles they jumped ahead far enough to be sure there was no overlap.

It might be the light or the photography, but the rifle shown by Quadvet appears to have been reblued.


April 3, 2010, 04:08 PM
The family lore is the Mod. 06 passed down to me was originally my Great Uncle's and he was quite a shot with it. Well the SN is 738830 and my Great Uncle Mile's passed away at 17 in July 1931. I have no reason to doubt it was Uncle Mile's rifle, so it had to have been made in 1931 at the latest. I'd love to find our more, but everyone who knew Uncle Mile's is gone now too.

April 3, 2010, 04:32 PM
Sorry, but Proofhouse.com says Winchester Model 1906 production ended in 1935 at serial number 708284, but I know a smattering of rifles were produced after that with leftover parts.

If it were a Winchester Model 1890, that date would put it squarely in the 1930 production range.

So either your great uncle died after you think he did, your rifle is actually a Model 1890, or that rifle came from somewhere else.

April 3, 2010, 07:48 PM
dang that means mine is at least a couple of years older than i am. sure aint no bluing left on it though:eek:

April 3, 2010, 09:12 PM
Mine neither on the finish, but it sure is fun as hell to shoot.:D
Here's a site that will help you determine what variation you have.


barry t
October 17, 2011, 07:55 PM
serial number 834437 - short , long or long rifle.... I believe it was made in 1911 ,.... It is in great condition ... The main thing i have noticed about this gun is that it has a stainless steel barrell.... I've not noticed anyone else mention that about theirs ...... I need to know what it is worth .... I think maybe the SS barrell and the condition would make it worth a good bit more than others... If i can get top dollar , i need to sell it .. It's been in the family for at least 40 years ... I took it squirell hunting about 38 years ago... still in great shape..

February 25, 2012, 10:07 AM
My model 06 S/N 781042 has been restocked, otherwise in pretty good shape. My guess it was manufactured sometime after 1932 and before 1935. I traded a Maytag gas washing machine motor for it in 1944 when I was 14.:D

December 6, 2012, 06:14 PM
I've got a model 06 serial#840926. Anybody got an idea how old?

December 7, 2012, 01:54 PM
Your 1906 is one of the "mystery guns" produced from parts on an as-needed basis after Winchester officially quit making the Model 1906 1n 1935. I have never seen records for those guns, but it was produced sometime between 1935 (when Winchester officially quit making them) and 1942 (when Winchester switched over to wartime production and cleared out all obsolete parts).

November 29, 2014, 10:27 PM
I know this is an old thread, but people seem to have trouble finding info on these (or aren't looking). ;)

I recently inherited one of my parents' Model 06's and have been doing some research as to the specifics. Homestead-Service (http://homestead-service.com/appraisals/1906/1906-History.htm) is a great resource for determining model specifics/differences and possible value.

Also, WinchesterGun (http://www.winchesterguns.com/support/files/images/wfa/2012-All/2012-Articles/Winchester-Manufacture-Dates-by-Year----2012-Scanned-Documents.pdf)s lists 1906 S/N's on page 16.

This may have been covered, but I've come across several posts where people had the wrong years of production for their rifles based on the s/n, and I wanted to make sure they had more info at their disposal.

Gaucho Gringo
December 19, 2014, 10:15 PM
I have an 06 that was given to my dad in 1935 and to me in 1963 when we both were 12 years old. It is a 1\2 nickle Expert which has the pistol grip stock and nickel plated receiver. DOB around 1917 and it was re barreled before my grandfather gave it to my dad. It has definitely seen a lot of use but it is the one gun I would never give up. Has been in the family for 80 years now.

James K
December 19, 2014, 11:35 PM
At this point, I simply don't believe any of the sources of serial number/date info on the Model 1906. Yes, factories do "clean up" when production of a model ceases, but 100,000 "cleanup"? No way. If numbers were skipped (why?) in what range were they? It looks to me like none of the "experts" know; they just keep citing each other and no one has accurate information.

In fairness, that is not surprising. Prior to the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968, serial numbers were not required on firearms, and many inexpensive guns did not have any at all. They were considered primarily a means of inventory control at the factory warehouse and by distributors and dealers. (That is why most factories recorded shipping dates, not manufacturing dates.) If a model underwent changes, they could be used by the factory to determine the correct part, but the Model 1906 remained essentially the same throughout production.


October 2, 2017, 05:31 AM
Mine is clearly labeled “model 06” and that it can fire “22s,l,lr”. It is round barreled & has the shorter foregrip. It is also a takedown and in all other ways appears to be a model 1906 rather than a model 62. The serial number however, is well outside the “known” serial number range as it is marked “834822”. Its a good shooter with a good bore but the outside is pretty rusty and well browned as opposed to blued. Recently purchased and am never selling it as I’ve wanted one of these for a long time. Probably paid too much at $450.00 but like I said I really wanted an original made in USA Winchester; not some foreign copy. Not knocking the Rossi or other copies; just my personal quirk that I would rather have the original in shooting condition rather than a mint unused copy of the original.

October 7, 2017, 12:21 AM
Your rifle is well within the known ranges of serial numbers for the 1906, which go up to 848,000. While production officially ended in 1935 (the Depression was not nice to Winchester or any other gun maker), there were enough parts on hand to make hundreds of thousands of the 1906 pump action rifle, and that is exactly what happened until the 1960s. Much like other popular firearms made by Winchester, 1906 rifles could still be ordered after they had been officially discontinued, and were marked like your rifle, "Model 06". In fact, until 1978 or 1979, you could special order a Model 12 or pre-64 Model 70, both of which had been officially discontinued 15 years earlier (the sale of Winchester to USRAC ended that).

August 13, 2019, 03:30 PM
My dad's 06 has a serial number of 758044. I'm guessing it was manufactured after 1935. I do know he purchased it used prior to America's entry into WWII.