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Winchester Super Grade sling swivels
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May 16, 2022 - 5:45 pm
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Just wondering if Winchester manufactured SG swivels in-house or if they were outsourced?

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If outsourced, the maker would probably have sold them to other gunmakers.  The “fishhook” swivels, which I like better than any others, were outsourced, as they were also used by Stevens & other makers.
  

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If outsourced, the maker would probably have sold them to other gunmakers.  The “fishhook” swivels, which I like better than any others, were outsourced, as they were also used by Stevens & other makers.

  

  

That’s the reason I asked. The Savage 99RS was equipped with identical swivels. Savage used flat top studs rather than the SG bases that Winchester used.

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Tedk saidThat’s the reason I asked. The Savage 99RS was equipped with identical swivels. Savage used flat top studs rather than the SG bases that Winchester used.

Savage being the smaller company (but the one that hasn’t gone under!), it’s conceivable they were simply purchased from Win.  I have heard of similar instances of cooperation between gunmakers, but no specific examples come to mind, except, possibly, the thick-base tang sights used by both WRA & Marlin; I vaguely remember coming across some evidence suggesting they were all mfgd. by Win.

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I am relatively certain these were made in house. I have some of the factory blueprints for the various components that went into making these and do not think Winchester would have gone to the trouble of making forging dies and the various components only to farm them out. This swivel started life as a Model 95 part, and was was referred to as such on the drawings.

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