Dating old guns
Unlike the Model 1890, the new gun was made to shoot various .22 rimfire rounds interchangeably.
This enabled it to cycle either .22Short (20-shots), Long (16-shots), and Long Rifle (14-shots) cartridges in the same magazine.
Should you have a shooter-grade gun that has seen better days, shoot it some more. Wisners in Chehalis, Washington makes new internal replacement parts for 1890/1906/62 Winchester pumps so you are not completely up the creek if you have one that doesn’t go pop anymore.
If you have a Model 62 in any condition, it may be a good idea to stock up on these spares while you still can.
After 1940, the Model was modified with an improved hammer spring and dubbed the 62A, so if you see a 62A mark on your Winchester pump rifle, that is an easy way to tell that it was made after that year.
The value of standard Model 62/62As start at about 0 for shooter grade guns and go as high as 00.
The gun was fitted with basic bead front and open rear sights.
Internally, it was the same rifle, using a slide-action worked manually by the user to load and unload rounds from the under barrel tubular magazine into the chamber with each rear-then-forward stroke.That very year the new Model 1890 slide-action .22 rimfire rifle was introduced.Spawned from Browning’s drawing board, this gun was a super simple pump-action rifle, the first of its kind, and it was fast, light, and accurate to boot.Multiply that by 365 days a year and dozens of years and you see what we mean.The Model 1890 Grandfather of the Model 62, as well as the Model 1906 father, typically go for well over ,000 in complete condition, with very nice early guns reaching several times that amount.