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August 25, 2021 - 10:39 am
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I have a very nice 71 made in ‘36, it has a bolt peep and has a “special” style forend cap and  has been fit for the deluxe style swivel stud on the butt stock. The swivel stud(term ?) is missing. I tried one from a friends model 70, It was a perfect fit. 

Was the sling set up a special order option on the 71 in 1936? Also where is the best place to obtain the stud/screws to fill the missing one. I see them on ebay, but they look to be newly manufactured. It would be nice to have the swivels also.
thanks for any help

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I haven’t ever tried personally but I’ve been told that the Super Grade model 70 swivel bases are the same as the model 71 and model 64’s.  I looked on Ebay and there are both newly manufactured and original parts listed.  There were also some swivels.   I’d suggest double checking with Mike Hunter but I think those bases are the same.   Ebay or Gunbroker are probably the most convenient places to look for them.

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Jeff,

The sling bases and QD sling mounts were standard on the Model 71 Special, and could have been special ordered on the Standard. I discussed it in my recent article on the Model 71.

Winchester did not use “sling swivel studs” on any Model 71 rifle. The rear sling base used on the Model 71 is the same as the Model 64 Deer Rifle, the Model 65 Special, and the Model 70. It was inletted into the butt stock and retained by (2) wood screws.

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Bert 

thank you, the stock is in let for the base with 2 screws as on the special model. 
The jnlet is a perfect fit for a vintage model 70 supergrade. 
I will check out your article

thank you to all who answered
Jeff

Bert is there another article on the 71 besides the 2013 article? Have not located another besides the 2013

Jeff

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Bert is there another article on the 71 besides the 2013 article? Have not located another besides the 2013

Jeff  

Yes… it is in the Summer 2021 edition of the Collector magazine.

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Thank you Bert, great article. I am not sure if I gave you the serial number from mine yet. 
I would also love to see a leather bound book by you on the 71. Lol,  let me know if it ever happens. 
One question on the stamping of the serial number. Could it be possible that the numbers were applied post polishing but prior to bluing. It seems possible that the raised portion would wear leaving the blue at the bottom of the numbers. Im not sure if the stamping process would not disrupt the blueing at point of contact. Also that any issues to scratching the finish during the stamping would be a easier fix

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Jeff,

I have inspected a few NIB (New In Box) Model 71 rifles that have the gray ring surrounding the stamped numerals.  Based on what I observed, I do not believe that Winchester first polished the receiver, then stamped the serial number, and then blued it.  The receiver frames were polished, blued, and then stamped with the serial number.

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Bert is correct and I believe what you need is this:

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If you type:

“winchester sling swivel base”

or 

“Winchester 71 swivel”

into an eBay search a few will pop up that will work. A couple listings have the screws I imagine you’ll also need. 

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That is the needed part. I have checked ebay but want a original Pre 64 and some are questionable as to vintage. I have located one and screws, man are the screws expensive. $19 ea. $39 for the base. 
 Bert thank you for your help. You also helped me on my new in the box 1950 model 94. I sure wish I had done more of a inspection and photos before I sold it. Oh well Sold it to a friend who says he is going to shoot it. Maybe I should buy it back and find him a shooter. He was talking about tossing the box?

Jeff

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