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« on: December 29, 2019, 06:46:20 AM »

I just got this Garcia Mitchell 300 (foot #4114753) from what I gather on Mitchell Reel Museum it looks to be a version 6? Their site is locked now so I couldn't post there.Any insight will be appreciated !


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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2019, 06:42:30 PM »

It does, indeed, look like a 6th.  They were made from '58 to '68.  It's not a 5th because it has "Garcia" engraved on the side plate, and it's not a 7th, which had a straight AR lever.  Looks like a nice 'un.

Frank
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2019, 08:13:47 PM »

I would guess around 1964 give or take a year or so either way.
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2019, 07:01:45 AM »

Nice boat ! I take my best friend also but have to bait her hook, take fish off, just glad she goes...
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2019, 07:13:05 AM »

Also, this is my first vintage mitchell and was curious as to how smooth it should be? I lubed it and I realize with the design of the A/R it would never be as smooth as my new 310 with 8 BB which I love.I look forward to catching anything with it ! I just figured it was the difference in the 60s reel technology but after taking it apart looks like the old one could last forever, I was born in 1963 so this reel is really neat to fish with ! I paired it with a fenwick eagle and has a great feel.
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2019, 06:44:53 PM »

Yeah, that reel is almost your exact age.  I may have some other spinning reels that would be stronger & involve less maintenance than the 300, but as far as how the reel feels in hand, on a rod and with a fish on, I don't know if I prefer anything else.

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2019, 07:58:33 PM »

Don't short-change a reel just because it "talks" to you.
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2019, 08:09:09 PM »

Nice boat ! I take my best friend also but have to bait her hook, take fish off, just glad she goes...

My sweetheart baits her own hook, takes her own fish off unless it's a big northern or musky and asks for a little help, and nets my fish, too.  Cool She enjoys night fishing, especially when it's close to a full moon, and usually want's to stay out a little while longer when I'm ready to call it a day. I'm pretty fortunate, she's one in a million, or ten!  Kiss
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2020, 05:35:02 AM »

A seller on EBAY stated Mitchell informed him on version 6:
Sixth Version:
SN 1889513 was the earliest 6th Version I’ve found.
1958 – SN 1889513 to 2225412
1959 – SN 2282964 to 2959786
1960 – SN 3067452 to 3579119
1961 – SN 3616448 to 4218719
1962 – SN 4267369 to 4870499
1963 – SN 4918411 to 5494100
1964 – SN 5546867 to 5953668
1965 – SN 5996632 to 6579351
1966 – SN 6656941 to 7276825
1967 – SN 7282575 to 7895887
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2020, 10:54:13 AM »

A seller on EBAY stated Mitchell informed him on version 6:
Sixth Version:
SN 1889513 was the earliest 6th Version I’ve found.
1958 – SN 1889513 to 2225412
1959 – SN 2282964 to 2959786
1960 – SN 3067452 to 3579119
1961 – SN 3616448 to 4218719
1962 – SN 4267369 to 4870499
1963 – SN 4918411 to 5494100
1964 – SN 5546867 to 5953668
1965 – SN 5996632 to 6579351
1966 – SN 6656941 to 7276825
1967 – SN 7282575 to 7895887

I've always questioned the precise accuracy of the serial number production date lists that are referenced given the huge gaps from one year to the next. 10, 40, 50 & even up to close to 100 thousand differential has never made a lot of sense to me, mainly because the spread varies so much from year to year.   Undecided  It is obviously not an exact science. More or less just a guesstimate.  Wink
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Love those open face spinning reels! (Especially ABU & ABU/Zebco Cardinals)

Tommy D (ORCA), NE



Favorite Activity? ............... In our boat fishing
RELAXING w/ MY BEST FRIEND (My wife Bonnie)
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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2020, 11:21:07 PM »

This reel is a 6Th version*, made in 1968.

Kind Regards,
Bill

*As defined by Wallace Carney in his book and on the Mitchell Reel Museum Website
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