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Old March 18th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Suffering with linkage reassembly on a Winchester 1895

Good Lord! I have a job in my shop to place a reproduction Lyman type "sector" sight (the one that is pivoted in one of the existing holes on the left forward side of the receiver, and is cinched down with a finger lever at the back end, that lever pivoting on a new stud I had to position and thread in to place. Anyhow, it was necessary to remove the bolt and other innards on this rifle.

What a complex setup inside these rifles! All kinds of links, pivot pins, slotted screws that are, in fact, driven-out pins (they are slotted just like a screw on one end as a compressible pin, and so you spend a while spinning it and groaning that it must be stripped out… or worse; that YOU stripped it out!)

The element that remains unassembled now is the finger-lever locking latch, which must simultaneously be located against a strong little plunger and spring, and line up exactly with the finger-lever hole and the tang hole. All within a near-zero pin tolerance.

I've finally given in and sightly beveled the end of the ever-so-slightly corroded retention pin, and have carefully buffed it down. It now does slip in to each of the individual parts, but not when they are under the pressure of that plunger's spring! Frick Me!

After trying to hold it all in place with my selection of tiny oak blocks, with Vice-Grip™ wide-jaw pliers, with my now-bleeding fingers, and with my teeth (no, not really..), I have decided that I have to make up a blind pin (a brass or steel pin almost the same diameter as the real pin, but shorter, and I position it first with that one in order to locate two of the three parts with the retainer pin holes, and then drive it through with the correct pin.

Then, and only then, will I celebrate with, oh, about half-a-quart of really expensive Bourbon... An a slight revision of the estimate bill I have so far! (Add: 1.5h minimum, @ a VERY reasonable $45/hour!)

And yet, the owner wondered why we gunnies sometimes charge a bit "high"! I did his side sight, incl. dis-assembly of the rifle, and most of the reassemble, plus locate and drill & tap the new threaded hole for the clamp/finger lever, all for only $60. That side-sight drill & tap was a breeze before this part of the job. I've spent over 1.5h so far trying to get this one pin in place! By tomorrow, having had to make up that pre-location pin, I will easily have added another hour. At least! Total: minimum 2.5h.

There are 62 parts in the exploded view from Winchester. The finger-lever alone has what, 6 parts? Wow. Wonder what 'shrooms John Browning was on with that one!

By comparo, my model 92, which is even arguably stronger, has only 27 parts! And a '94? No problem.

Anyone happen to have some home-designed Win '95 magic jig or some other wŁnder-understanding on this one?

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Old March 18th, 2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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Re: Suffering

I have no advice to offer but as an owner of two replica Model 1895's I want to salute you for your bravery for even contemplating this project. One glance at the schematic diagram convinced me that the rifle was not intended to be disassembled by mere mortals.

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