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M71 and a reciever sight.
January 25, 2013
6:03 am
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Some opinions on mounting a Williams Foolproof receiver sight om a 1946 (?) vintage m71 standard rifle would be welcome. The rifle is not drilled and tapped yet.

The rifle is more a shooter than a collecting piece. It has had the varnish removed and the magazine botton is drilled and have a sling swivel mounted. Obviously the rifle had seen some use.

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January 25, 2013
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Pete,

Your Rifle must be in the 23000 serial range. Winchester started drilling & tapping the Model 71 as a regular production step in 1947/48.

If the rifle is not factory drilled & tapped, I would not alter it. There are a lot of slightly later production 71s that are factory drilled & tapped. If you do decide to drill it, the Lyman No. 66 is a much nicer sight than the Williams.

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January 25, 2013
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Bert H. said
Pete,

Your Rifle must be in the 23000 serial range. Winchester started drilling & tapping the Model 71 as a regular production step in 1947/48.
Bert

Bert,

you're quite right. The serial number is 2393/.

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January 25, 2013
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Almost always a bad idea to add holes to any Winchester that doesn't have them. May already have some problems but more holes make it less desirable to most people. If you really want a peep sight, I'd find one that already has one or is ready to have one bolted on.

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