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Since this gun was laying around unused and the wood had some hunting digs, I decided to play around with it. I pulled the stocks, stripped them and stained them with Red Oak Minwax. Several coats of old fashioned hand rubbed tung oil completed them. Here they are as stained before oiling.


The rest of the gun was stripped down and the hammer, lever and barreled receiver were sent off to have the markings removed and post-1900 Winchester markings rolled on. The hammer and lever were color case hardened and the caliber changed to .45-90. Now, if I can just find a replacement for that abominable rear sight. What I would like to do is find a smith to mill the bolt for a 98A peep sight.
 

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Very nice, I love the Browning replica leverguns. Yours looks 100 times better without that epozy finish on the wood. What did you use to strip it off?

Let me know if you want to sell that rear sight.
 

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[What I would like to do is find a smith to mill the bolt for a 98A peep sight]

Montana Vintage Arms ( let Google be your friend) sells & installs a replica 98a bolt peep.

IIRC, the cost of the peep is $250, and I would think the install/machining would double the cost, or add another $250.

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[What I would like to do is find a smith to mill the bolt for a 98A peep sight]

Montana Vintage Arms ( let Google be your friend) sells & installs a replica 98a bolt peep.

IIRC, the cost of the peep is $250, and I would think the install/machining would double the cost, or add another $250.

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I have an original 71 bolt with 98A that I tried to adapt to an 1886. No go, the angle of the locking lugs didn't allow the bolt to fit. I even tried 71 lugs, but that failed, too. I'll probably end up selling the old 98A and drilling the receiver top for a XS Ghost Ring sight.

 

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I did not see anything about the M71 and a replica 98a peep sight on the MVA website. I have contacted them about the service as this is something I would love to have done to my newly acquired Browning M71. Thanks for the tip though.
 

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Winchester 71 bolt peep...

Mike wrote: I have an original 71 bolt with 98A that I tried to adapt to an 1886. No go, the angle of the locking lugs didn't allow the bolt to fit. I even tried 71 lugs, but that failed, too. I'll probably end up selling the old 98A and drilling the receiver top for a XS Ghost Ring sight.

Hey Mike,

This is my first posting on the forum so hopefully it works properly. I was wondering if you still had the 71 bolt and 98a peep and if they are for sale? If so, I would love to buy them. Thanks
 

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bolt peep

Vegetating watching weather reports, came across this old thread.(Just loaded up 50rds of 330GC cast bullets for my SRC, so was reading about these nice rifles). I was lucky enough to buy that bolt peep set up.Put it on man original 1950 71. My old times gun smith did a great job, made his own headspace device to fit the bolt properly. The sight works well, but it sits up pretty high which I think is a poor design. I think that's why you frequently see rifle with the peep sight part of the bolt peep broken off or missing. I hunt with my 71 with a red field receiver sight, much more rugged. The bolt peep is sweet never the less. Mike was a nice gentleman to deal with.
 
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