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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
Authorization for the development of a new bolt action repeating rifle with a detachable box magazine was given on May 31, 1944. This model was to be developed as a sort of a Junior Winchester Model 70, to handle the 218 Bee, 22 Hornet, 25-20 Winchester, and 32-20 Winchester cartridges. Factory records show the first delivery of M/43 rifles to warehouse stock on February 4, 1949.
The Model 43 was the first postwar development in Winchester center fire rifles. It embodied the well-proven principles of the famous smooth, fast Winchester bolt action that adapted it to that highly popular sport known as pest and small game shooting. Discontinued in 1957, about 62,617 were made (Watrous: 1966).
The right side of this Model 43 is completely cut away from the wrist to the rear sight, exposing the bolt and trigger mechanism and magazine arrangement. A sample cartridge is in the chamber.
[left barrel] Made in New Haven, Conn. U.S. of America | Winchester Proof Steel | Winchester/Trade Mark | Model 43 218 Bee
Bolt action repeating sporting rifle. Ramp-bead front sight (hood missing). Adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight. Round tapered barrel. Detachable box magazine. Blued overall. One piece walnut stock, varnished, semi-pistol grip, checkered steel buttplate. Sling swivels attached (missing rear). right side completely cutaway from wrist to rear sight exposing bolt and trigger mechanism and magazine arrangement. Sample cartridge in chamber.
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.