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Old 09-10-2008, 08:59 AM
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Question Winchester 71 Peep Sights

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I have a Winchester Model 71 with the the factory peep sight. The screw in apertures are missing.

I want to buy some replacements but the sight doesn't have a manufacturers name on it. Does anyone know what brand and model the sight is and where I can get apertures for it?
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:08 PM
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If I recall, you can find them in the Brownells catalog. If you can't find it on the web site or don't have a catalog to look through, let me know and I'll try to look them up for you. Greg
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:04 AM
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It depends, I think some of them had a Lyman sight and I think some may have had Williams' sights. If you can post a picture it would be helpful.
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:52 AM
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Thumbs down Winchester 71 Peep Sights

I have a Model 71 Deluxe that has had the original peep sight replaced with a Williams aluminum sight. While perfectly adequate, from the marks on the blue on the receiver, it's clearly not original. I read somewhere in the dim past that both Lyman and Redfield were original options. Which models were those sights? Which years were they available? Can I tell from the markings on the receiver and the screw hole placement which it is supposed to be? Does anyone have a source for the sight? My serial number is 403xx, post WW2 if it matters.
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:49 AM
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Win model 71 Apertures

Here is a photo of my Model 71 peep sight. I have found some replacement apertures on Brownells as suggested but there are several thread types and sizes. I don't know which ones would work with my sight.
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:27 PM
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Smile Replacement Apertures

I took a chance and ordered some Williams apertures from Midway and they worked. The twilight aperture is not as good as the original but it will get the job done. The Williams twilight aperture has a brass insert around the inside of the outer ring. The original had a brass insert around the aperture hole itself which captured light better.

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Old 02-14-2010, 09:40 AM
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Hopefully this thread is still active. I also have a Model 71 and am missing the apertures for the peep site. Do you have the part number from Williams? My folks live in the area so I could stop by the next time I visit or have dad swing by and check to see if they are still available. The front iron site says "Marbles - Gladstone, MI USA" but I think they're long gone. Any info would be appreciated
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:38 AM
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Aperture For Model 71

When I reverse engineered the 98 sight, the aperture piece had the following thread measurements:
Thread Major Diameter of 0.221.
Has 40 Threads per inch.

I expect that the side sights would have the same dimension aperture pieces.

Bob Nisbet
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:12 AM
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On my Win. 1886 I have Lyman 66WB receiver sight. I like it it's a good sight and adjustable in the field pretty easy.

On my 71's I have the Williams FP receiver sight. Once sighted in for hunting the sights lock down, I feel they are better for beating around in the brush. The sights stay locked. The lyman has a quick release on the side of the sight so if something hits it it could release and knock the sight off your zero. Just my $.02. They work well for me.

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