PRE-64 Winchester Model 43 .25-20 Bolt Action Rifle, MFD 1949 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,525

WOA#: WY240220BA014

Make: Winchester

Model: 43

Serial Number: 13168

Year of Manufacture: 1949

Caliber: .25-20

Action Type: Bolt Action With Detachable Magazine

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-” and “MODEL 43-25-20-”. The left side of the receiver is marked “13168”. The top of the barrel and the top of the chamber ring each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the bolt body is hand-scribed “52522”.

Barrel Length: 24”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a hooded, textured, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. There is a sporting rear sight.. The left-rear of the receiver is drilled and tapped for scope or peep-sight mounts.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece smooth walnut with semi pistol grip, serrated plastic buttplate and sling swivels front and rear. The stock has light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scrapes and handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at some edges, most notable on the front sight and trigger guard. Much of the balance is in finish wear on the top of the barrel behind the front sight. The bottom metal has a few light marks. The bolt body shows light operational wear and the knob has minor handling wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a single 5-round magazine. The magazine has scattered wear with intact feed lips and a strong spring. Overall, the magazine is in about Good-Very Good condition.

Our Assessment:  The Winchester Model 43 Bolt Action Rifle chambered in the desirable .25-20 Winchester caliber holds a special place in the hearts of firearms collectors due to its historical significance and scarcity. Produced for only a brief period from 1949 to 1957, the Model 43 was designed as a lightweight and versatile rifle suitable for hunting small to medium-sized game.

Chambered in the .25-20 Winchester cartridge, this rifle offers collectors a unique combination of nostalgia and practicality. While the .25-20 Winchester caliber may not be as common as other cartridges, its mild recoil and flat trajectory make it well-suited for varmint hunting and recreational shooting. Collectors appreciate the Model 43 for its chambering in this desirable cartridge, which adds to its collectibility and appeal.

With its sleek lines, smooth bolt action, and classic walnut stock, the Winchester Model 43 exudes the timeless charm and craftsmanship that Winchester firearms are known for. As a part of Winchester’s storied history, the Model 43 represents an era when firearms were crafted with care and attention to detail. For collectors seeking a piece of American firearms heritage with a touch of nostalgia, the Winchester Model 43 Bolt Action Rifle chambered in .25-20 Winchester is a prized addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!  C.J.

PRE-64 Winchester Model 43 .25-20 Bolt Action Rifle, MFD 1949 C&R
PRE-64 Winchester Model 43 .25-20 Bolt Action Rifle, MFD 1949 C&R