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Model 1895 Winchester Rear Sight

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rfcjr, May 12, 2008.

  1. rfcjr

    rfcjr Member

    I have a model 1985 Winchester in 30-40. The original rear sight cannot be adjusted for windage. Since the rifle is entirely original I do not want to bore any additional holes. Does anybody have a suggestion for a rear sight (with windage adjustments) that can be adapted or installed using the existing holes? Thanks in advance.
  2. 35Rem

    35Rem Well-Known Member

    Is it not dovetailed in? If it is, it just needs to be drifted in the dovetail to adjust windage.
  3. rfcjr

    rfcjr Member

    No, it's not dovetailed. It's similar to some military sights that one can't adjust the windage on either. Some of the newer reproduction 95's and I believe some older models had an adjustable sight arrangement; but, this doesn't. This one doesn't look as though it can easily be converted without drilling some holes which I definitely don't want to do.
  4. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Well-Known Member

    Is it a real old Winchester?
    Is it the military carbine version?
  5. rfcjr

    rfcjr Member

  6. 3006mv

    3006mv Well-Known Member

    you may be in luck

    I just bought a repro Miroku SRC 1895 that has the same sight except it IS windage adjustable. Maybe you can track them down. It is at my FFL's right now, I don't have the manual but you might be able to do a search for one. [​IMG] [​IMG] I wish mine had that same forend with the sling swivel as yours. Oh here ya go http://media.winchesterguns.com/pdf/om/06_095_1895_carbine_supp.pdf Also see these for possibly more expensive options. http://www.peabodyrifles.com/ http://www.buffaloarms.com/browse.cfm/4,7197.html
  7. Strongbad

    Strongbad Well-Known Member

    If you can't drift the existing rear site on your '95, and you should be, that's just about your only option unless you want to drill some holes.

    Check Marble's Outdoors to make sure, but I know they have some tang sights, I just can't recall if they require tapping any holes on the older models. Otherwise you can get a Lyman 21 adjustable peep sight which was top end sight that came on the 95's originally. Buffalo Arms is doing reproductions now. Problem is the last time I checked they wanted something on the order of $250 for it. I'm pretty sure that it used existing screw holes, but I could be wrong. Could be that they drilled and tapped them back in the day as well. Otherwise, welcome to the same boat as all other '95 owners.

    However, with a brass drift, you should be able to drift your existing rear sight.
  8. tkendrick

    tkendrick Well-Known Member

    You can't drift a rear sight thats screw mounted unless you are willing to bend the sight.

    Don't forget, you can also drift a front sight if it is dovetailed.

    Not all sight adjustments are made at the rear sight. Windage on some of the old Krags was accomplished by drifting the front sight, and that rear site looks very similar to the one on my Krag carbine.
  9. Nolo

    Nolo Well-Known Member

    I want an 1895 soooooo badly.
    I did not know there were any currently being built!
  10. huntershooter

    huntershooter Well-Known Member

    tkendrick is correct.
    Drift the front sight.
  11. rfcjr

    rfcjr Member

    Well, neither the front nor the rear sight can be adjusted for windage. Maybe one of the other rear sights mentioined above will work. I will investigate them a little further. Thanks for all the imput.
  12. 3006mv

    3006mv Well-Known Member

  13. tkendrick

    tkendrick Well-Known Member

    It would take very little work, and be significantly cheaper, to have a gunsmith cut a dovetail on the front sight base and mount a new sight.

    How far off is the windage?
  14. 3006mv

    3006mv Well-Known Member

    yeah 2nd column last picture [​IMG] to this, right picture[​IMG]

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