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Winchester 94 peep sight

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Zepo, Feb 25, 2009.

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  1. Zepo

    Zepo Member

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    Hi all,

    I have been lurking for a while and thought it was about time to join up. I picked up a Winchester 94ae 30-30 Ranger pre-saftey made around 1990 new with no box and I was going to order a Williams 5D peep sight for it, It has a dovetail front sight without a ramp and the dovetail sight that is installed is .500 from the top of the barrel. My question is do I have to replace the front sight? I was told no from a co-worker that the half inch sight was ok. what do you guys think?

    Thanks and glad to be here.. Zepo :D
     
  2. ECVMatt

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    I think you will be OK. I would try it first and see how it shoots. I would bet it will be just about right.

    Good luck,

    Matt
     
  3. Zepo

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    Thanks EVCMATT for the info I'll give it a try, can't find too much info on sight height.
     
  4. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Usually when a receiver sight is added a taller front sight is needed, but you won't know until you shoot it.
     
  5. SwampWolf

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    I installed a FoolProof on mine and it turned out fine. I had written Williams and they assured me that the stock front sight could stay. But, as others have opined, there's no substitute for downrange verification.
     
  6. ECVMatt

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    I put a Lyman peep on my '94. best thing I could have done. I didn't have to change the front sight...worked just fine. I really like peeps...three of my rifles have them.

    Mark.
     
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  9. Zepo

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    :D Thanks for the great advice guys......... I'm gonna go with the 5-D and start blasting......This is my first lever and I can't wait to get it sighted in and do a little boar hunting this year.
     
  10. Zepo

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    I have another question about cleaning from the muzzle. Is it really that easy to damage the crown? how do you guys clean your winchesters?
     
  11. rcmodel

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    Yes it is.
    But not so much a one-time ding to the crown, but cleaning rod wear to about the first 1 1/2" of muzzle rifling.

    Many very old Winchesters are found with all the rifling worn out of the muzzle. They will key-hole bullets and won't shoot accurately no matter what you do. It was more an issue with the soft steel barrels used a 100 years ago then it is with modern steels. However it is still possible to some extent.

    What you need is a one-piece cleaning rod with a tapered muzzle guide, like this.

    http://secure.armorholdings.com/kleen-bore/product386.html

    You can also use a Bore-Snake from the rear for light-duty cleaning & oiling, but a good cleaning rod is absolutely necessary for proper cleaning of copper fouling, etc.

    rc
     
  12. Ratshooter

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    I have a winchester and a marlin and have used a 5D sight on both and didn't need a different front sight. The factory sight was fine.

    You can also make a muzzle protector from a bottle necked rifle case. I used a 223 and cut it about 3/4" from the shoulder. Slip it over the cleaning rod and insert the neck in the muzzle and clean away.

    Fast, easy and best of all free!!!
     
  13. Cocked & Locked

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    I put a Williams FP on one of mine. I changed the front sight to a Lyman gold bead...didn't need to, just wanted to.

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  14. Peter M. Eick

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    As you have already been told, the peep works fine on the side. I have the 5D peeps on two of my 94's and it works great.
     
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