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Bolt Peep Sight on 1936 Model 71 misslng aperture....any help?
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June 30, 2022 - 5:09 am
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Hello all, 

I recently acquired a 1936 (4-Digit S/N) Model 71 and the aperture and windage adjustment screw has been removed…..most likely by someone who preferred a tradition rear sight, since there is a buckhorn style rear sight installed. 

Any help finding the replacement parts would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Tom

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Original parts are extremely scarce…(I think we talked yesterday)  Here’s the information on the reproduction parts that do interchange are available:

Mike Richards at Oldgunsights.com

Mailing address: 43585 Lake Olaf Lane    Pelican Rapids, MN 56572-7208

Phone:  218-863-4858     Cell: 701-238-6761

I’ve done business with Mike for over 15 years… he’s good to deal with.  I’ll be picking up some parts for a few of my “parts” bolt peeps at the Kansas City show this month.

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Update on this…..I just purchased a complete 98a assembly on eBay….and YES it was expensive!!

Before it arrives and I attempt to install I wondered if anyone might have a good instruction sheet to guide me with this project??

Thank you in advance.

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Reguarding your request for installation process for the 98a sight.  P.M. Sent.  RDB

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Replacement sight arrived and has been successfully installed with no issues!!

The later version sight, although a slightly different design, dropped right into the bolt.

Thought this day might never come!!

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Job well done!  You persisted and were successful!  As good as it gets.  Congratulations!  RDB

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rogertherelic said
Job well done!  You persisted and were successful!  As good as it gets.  Congratulations!  RDB

  

Thank you sir, I took the M71 out on the ranch to spread it’s wings and it shoots/feels great!!

Will someday hopefully take a deer or elk with it! Took this photo before replacing the bolt sight.

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Tom:

 

You will find that the early Model 71 pre-war rifles balance well and have the best triggers, IMHO. The 98a Winchester sight does well for elk or deer hunting in the timber. I recently obtained a 98a and had to fashion a pin for the bolt. It does require bolt removal to install the spring, nut and elevation wheel. Should you get a chance, PM those assembly instructions to me  on the bolt /sight -as someone else may have a more effective method.

As of now, own 3 early Model 71s with 98a sights, including a 450 Alaskan for Alaska use. Have managed to find moose and large deer with them successfully.

The Model 71s balance well, cycle quickly, and have amazing knock down ability. Both Jack O’Connor and Elmer Keith owned one, though Keith ‘s became  a 450 Alaskan eventually.

 

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My installation went very smoothly and I have shot the gun with the new sight.  

I just need to find the correct height front sight blade as the one that was on it is a bit short.

I did not have to remove the bolt, as the nut that the elevation screw fits into was still in place.

I’ll see if I can find that instruction but it does not tell deal with removal of the bolt.

Tom

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I believe the rear screw on the top of the peep sight is to stop the sight from being lowered past a previously set “zero”.  It is possible that it may be backed out to allow the sight to be lowered a little to correct your problem.  This screw acts as a way to quickley return the sight to a previous “zero” for height, if you have raised the sight for a long shot. RDB

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rogertherelic said
I believe the rear screw on the top of the peep sight is to stop the sight from being lowered past a previously set “zero”.  It is possible that it may be backed out to allow the sight to be lowered a little to correct your problem.  This screw acts as a way to quickley return the sight to a previous “zero” for height, if you have raised the sight for a long shot. RDB

  

Thanks for the tip I will check it out and see if that screw is turned in at all. 

Regards,

Tom

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