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How do I make a new back sight look like an old back sight
June 9, 2014
6:56 am
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I have a model 74 Winchester 22 that I grew up with in N.E. Kansas, It shoots as good today as it did back in the late 40s but I filed down the back sight (for some dumb reason) anyway I can buy a new one but the rifle has a great patina look, how would I get the new sight to look like the rest of the rifle??????

June 9, 2014
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Trying to match color and texture on a gun is one of the hardest things to do. If your trying to match a shade of blue you need to remove a certain amount of blue then use some form of cold blue or browning solution. When ever you use any kind of bluing solution it can go bad fast. You can't use a scrape of steel to test it on since they are likely going to be different steels and different hardness's which take the bluing differently.

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June 9, 2014
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mrcooper said
I have a model 74 Winchester 22 that I grew up with in N.E. Kansas, It shoots as good today as it did back in the late 40s but I filed down the back sight (for some dumb reason) anyway I can buy a new one but the rifle has a great patina look, how would I get the new sight to look like the rest of the rifle??????

Your best bet is to purchase a used 32B rear sight on eBay. You can look at the seller's pictures to judge if it will match the patina of your rifle. The 32B was a very common sight used on many of the Winchester .22 rifles and there are a few listed every week so you should have a good selection.

Note: If your 74 is a .22 Short "Gallery Special" it should have the 32E to make it correct instead of the 32B.

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