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Winchester 1866 Receiver Repair
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I have a 1866 receiver which is in very good condition except for a couple of issues. I don’t think either of these issues would affect the shooting ability of this receiver. However, I have 2 questions:

1. Is it worth fixing?

2. Anybody know of anyone that can repair the alloy on an 1866 receiver?

I have the rest of the receiver parts – finger lever, side plates, hammer, etc…..

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Please email me at: [email protected],if you know someone who repairs these receivers.

Thanks, Richard Pike

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Your going to have to find someone that can weld Gunmetal and that knows what the hell they’re doing.

A lot of welders won’t touch gun metal. You’ll end up with a porous weld. 

From TWI (The Welding Institute)

Can you weld gunmetal?
Autogenous welding of phosphor bronzes is not recommended due to weld metal porosity. However, this risk can be reduced by using a filler wire with a higher level of deoxidants. Gunmetal is not considered weldable since it is susceptible to hot cracking.
I do wonder if Winchester’s 66 receivers contains lead in addition to the copper-tin-zinc (Cu-Sn-Zn) Gun Metal alloys.
If you find someone that is able to weld and repair it, please let me know. As I have a Winchester 3rd Model Brass bullet mold with a bad cavity I’d like to get welded up and re-cherried.
 
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I have a friend that works on antique guns and he tells me stories about the issues he has welding gun metal. It is very unpredictable  but blow holes was the most common.

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Thank you Maverick and Bob. It sounds like this receiver is best used as a “paper weight”. It is too bad because the rest of it is in good condition. I still think it could be made into a shooter, just not very pretty. 

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Richard Pike said
Thank you Maverick and Bob. It sounds like this receiver is best used as a “paper weight”. It is too bad because the rest of it is in good condition. I still think it could be made into a shooter, just not very pretty. 

Richard   

What caused it to be in its current condition?

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The crack in the lower tang is going to be from a broken or loose stock. The damage to the front side of the receiver has me scratching my head. It almost looks like it was burned off with a plasma torch.

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1873man said
The crack in the lower tang is going to be from a broken or loose stock. The damage to the front side of the receiver has me scratching my head. It almost looks like it was burned off with a plasma torch.

Bob  

Bob, I think you are correct about the lower tang. This rifle had a broken stock on it when I bought it. The magazine tube had been brazed to the barrel. It is amazing that the receiver free of nicks and gouges. I thought I could use the side plates, but they are thicker than my other two 1866’s. 

Thanks for weighting in on my post.

Dick

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