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November 7, 2022 - 12:43 pm
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Kinda looking at a 73 saddle ring carbine in 44-40.  Trying to work out a trade so see what happens. The staple or stud whichever its called has been cut off pretty much flush with the receiver. How hard is it to replace and whats involved ? Is it something I can do or it needs a gunsmith to do ?

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November 7, 2022 - 2:17 pm
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If its the staple kind, they are peened in from the back side and would take someone with some good mechanical skills. A staple has 2 holes on the receiver and stud is a single hole and are generally screwed in. 73’s have the staple kind. You would have to drill out the remains of the old ones and then peen the new ones in but the issue is you can’t get directly on  the back side.


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November 7, 2022 - 3:13 pm
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1873man said You would have to drill out the remains of the old ones and then peen the new ones in but the issue is you can’t get directly on  the back side.


Since the ring serves no useful purpose whatever, & certainly wouldn’t have to bear the weight of the gun, a replacement (if they are available) could be soldered or glued into the holes, but why bother as it would look obviously “new”?  It might be worth the trouble if an original could be found that matched the cond. of the rcvr.     

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Hi  Replacing the staple on a 1873 is a simple job.   First get a suitable staple that hasn’t been shortened on the ends, and that matches the action finish. Remove the stock, and hammer spring.  Get a small punch, and bump the two staple ends into the action and remove them.  Put the ring on the new staple   and bump staple fully into position. Now, while holding the staple firmly into the action, get long punch and hammer and bump front leg of staple forward. Most of the Winchesters only had the one post bent, but you can do both if you take the action apart.  Reassemble.   Good luck,  Eric

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