Rear sight for Winchester

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Gard, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Gard

    Gard New Member

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    I was wondering if anyone knows where I mighty obtain a rear sight for a lever action Winchester 255. I have tried Winchester, several dealers, gunsmiths and Numrich. Somewhere during the production run, they changed from a metallic unit to one made of plastic. Of course I have the plastic and half is missing. A gunsmith said he could install a metalic original, if we could find one.

    I've considered other brands and aftermarket items, but the original sight has a tang on each side to help locate the forestock.

    I am restoring this gun and would like to use it without a scope. It looks like several Winchester models use the same sight and stock. They are the 190, 250 255, 270, 275, and 290.

    You all have a great forum. As an avid plinker, I've learned quite a bit from your postings. Thanks all
     

  2. Gard

    Gard New Member

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    Thank you for the link. I emailed them with no response, tried a fax yesterday and today. I'll see if that works out. Thanks again Gard
     
  3. .22hustler

    .22hustler New Member

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    These sights are a dime a dozen, as there were so many of these made. You shouldn't have a problem, and I believe you're right in saying all those models should fit.
     
  4. Hawg

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    Sometimes what should be the easiest thing in the world to find is impossible. I've been trying to find a set of 311 shotgun barrels for what seems like forever.
     
  5. Gard

    Gard New Member

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    I've got lots of dimes and no sight. Were you speaking rhetorically or do you actually know of a source where one could be obtained? Over the many similar models produced by Winchester, that involved tens of thousands of rifles, you would think at least one extra sight exists today.
     
  6. .22hustler

    .22hustler New Member

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    I believe the standard dovetail groove is cut into the barrel. Wouldn't any standard dovetail sight work?
     
  7. Gard

    Gard New Member

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    My rifle's rear sight's base, is held into place by a machine screw inserted into the top of the barrel. I have considered having a dovetail machined into the barrel, then any number of sights could be utilized.
    The problem is, that the base of the original sight has tangs, or extensions of the base, which extend from the barrel, and over lap the top edges of the forestock. This helps to prevent any lateral movement of the grip. This is found with both the original metal sights and the later plastic versions.
    I have considered having a bent plate manufactured to replicate this original shape and function, and then silver soldering a new sight to the plate.
    Thanks for your thoughts. Gard
     
  8. .22hustler

    .22hustler New Member

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    Gunbroker.com has your sight...
     
  9. Gard

    Gard New Member

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    Indeed it does! I've never been on that website and just signed up for the auction and made a bid. The posted photos are the first I've seen, of what the complete sight even looks like.

    Thank you Hustler for the "heads up". I greatly appreciate your help. Gard
     
  10. .22hustler

    .22hustler New Member

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    Not a problem. I hope you win..
     
  11. Gard

    Gard New Member

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    Hustler, thanks for your information. I did win the auction and received most of the sight assembly. The posting didn't mention that the sight was missing a part that made it unworkable. Fortunately I was able to have the part made and my rifle is now complete.

    As soon as it warms up, I'll take it to the range for some plinking time. Thanks again Gard
     
  12. .22hustler

    .22hustler New Member

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    Hey, I'm glad it worked out for you. Where about's in PA are you? I have family scattered through-out PA, and my parents came up to NY after the Second World War.
     
  13. Gard

    Gard New Member

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    Pittsburgh area now, originally from upstate, central NY
     
  14. .22hustler

    .22hustler New Member

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    I have cousins in Freeland, and Scranton, also Pottsville.