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February 13, 2023 - 4:04 pm
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I recently acquired two Winchester 69a rifles and am hoping that they can be identified by the experts on this forum. The first (photos attached) has a 27.25″ stock with 1.25″ sling swivels, swept back bolt handle, a blunt forend tip, an 80A rear sight, and a 97A front sight.  This would appear to be a 6901R except for the bolt handle and the presence of sling swivels. My understanding from Mr. Abdenshien’s book, which I have bought, is that Target models did not have swept-back bolt handles. Is mine simply a 6901R on which the swivels were ordered?  My thanks in advance for your collective wisdom.

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Not a true target. Just the common variety M69-A with added swivels. Here is a picture of a true M69-A target. Big Larry

 

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Thank you, sir…it’s as I suspected.

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Here is the second rifle, which I am fairly certain is a Match barreled action on a swapped stock (cut for an 80A rear sight). Lyman 57 EW rear sight, Lyman hooded front sight, roll marking for 22 LR only, no sling swivels.  The hole at the rear of the trigger guard is a puzzle.  What are the odds of finding a proper match stock for it?

 

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Elisha Lee said   The hole at the rear of the trigger guard is a puzzle. 
 

Sometimes a screw was added at that location to provide a trigger stop, but this hole isn’t threaded & is too large anyway.  If you can’t find a replacement stock, the next best (& cheapest) option would be to add swivels to this stock.

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Thanks!

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Elisha Lee said
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It is also missing its shark fin front sight. Ask Clarence how hard it is to find one. Also, a stock with Winchester swivels is probably not going to happen. You just cannot screw swivels into a stock. Is the bbl. a 6 groove? I just sold mine, but here’s a pic.   Big Larry

 

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Big Larry said It is also missing its shark fin front sight. Ask Clarence how hard it is to find one.
 

No harder than finding a hen’s tooth; but if he can’t obtain a match stock (which ain’t likely), there’s no reason to worry about the front sight.

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Well said…thanks.

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I have original shark fin sights available if desired.  Various conditions.  pm for pics & prices. 

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