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Old 03-13-2007, 11:08 AM
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Why did Winchester drop the leverguns? I always thought that line was what kept the company afloat. Since then they've had mixed luck in their more modern guns.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:36 AM
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Why did Winchester drop the leverguns? I always thought that line was what kept the company afloat. Since then they've had mixed luck in their more modern guns.
I don't know where you have been, but Winchester is no longer in business.
They shut their doors a year ago.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:52 AM
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I don't know where you have been, but Winchester is no longer in business.
They shut their doors a year ago.
I knew the lever guns were out, didn't know the company sank. Still get sale ads on bolt guns. Guess these were leftover guns. Maybe keep my lever collection.
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Old 03-14-2007, 03:09 PM
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I don't know where you have been, but Winchester is no longer in business.
They shut their doors a year ago.
Er, not entirely. They closed the New Haven plant, but Browning is still making some of the Winchesters. They even introduced new Winchester models at the last Shot Show, if memory serves.

They dropped the models made in New Haven because they were mismanaging the plant and were either unable to overcome their financial mistakes, or they were deliberately running it into the ground so they could move the production overseas for cheap labor. Either way, their claim was that Model 94s and Model 70s "weren't cost effective enough."

Browning (who got the licensing for the Winchester firearms line) seems to be wanting to bring it back, though.
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Old 03-14-2007, 04:43 PM
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Er, not entirely. They closed the New Haven plant, but Browning is still making some of the Winchesters. They even introduced new Winchester models at the last Shot Show, if memory serves.
Browning (who got the licensing for the Winchester firearms line) seems to be wanting to bring it back, though.
If it says "Made in Japan" on the barrel (like Browning), it is not a Winchester, just a copy.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:09 PM
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If it says "Made in Japan" on the barrel (like Browning), it is not a Winchester, just a copy.
IMO, there haven't been any Winchesters made since USRA took over in 1981 - or was it when Olin took over in 1931?
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:29 AM
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IMO, there haven't been any Winchesters made since USRA took over in 1981 - or was it when Olin took over in 1931?
Good point. even though I own one of the USRA models.
At least its made in the USA.
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