View Full Version : side plugs for pre-64 Winchester 94?
May 16, 2012, 10:08 PM
I just removed a side mounted Williams peep-sight off my (Dad's) old 1962-3 Winchester .32 Special in favor of the original iron sights. The gunsmith who put the peep sight on back in the 80s was nice enough to put the plug screws in the box with the stock sights, but sadly he mangled one of them beyond repair. I am talking about the pair of plug/screws that are located at the top right of the receiver if you are looking at it from the left side of the gun with the muzzle to your left.
Anyone have any idea where I can find a few replacements?
May 16, 2012, 11:30 PM
Try www.gunpartscorp.com . Their stock # is 260100, at (in my catalog) $2.95 each. Brownells has regular plug screws but they sell them only in quantity. If you only need one or two, buying 100 would not pay.
May 16, 2012, 11:44 PM
Thanks Jim. I should have known to call Numrich right off the bat. I only find various 260100-"Letter" variants of the part number you mention but we are close. I will give them a call in the AM. Seems like there is a good chance they will have what I need. Heck, considering the age of the gun and the cost of shipping I might as well order an extra of each plug screw if they have them in stock.
In case any other pre-64 Winchester 94 nuts are reading this, I want to mention the great customer service I got when I purchased a Wideview sidemount scope. I ordered one for the model 94 only to find that the forward screw was too large. A call to the number on the back of the package put me in touch with the owner who was happy to take my info and promised to ship me out a pre-64 version of the same mount in exchange for the one I bought, no charge. The guy made up 15 just to have on hand to swap out for those of us who want to see what we are shooting at with our old Winchesters. Based on my conversation with the man and the quality of the product I have in hand I a happy to recommend Wideview to anyone.
May 17, 2012, 02:22 PM
They are very common 6-48 headless scope mount plug screws - anyone locally that can call themselves a gunsmith, and some parts-changers, should have a scrounge box full of them, and most will either give you two, or sell them for a pittance.
May 17, 2012, 07:08 PM
Even better. Thanks PetahW.
May 19, 2012, 08:35 PM
I have given that advice in the past only to be told that today's gunsmiths either don't keep things like that or charge more than GPC for them. I figured GPC was a more reliable source.
I used to give those plug screws back when I returned the rifle with the new sight/mount or whatever. Of course I probably had a hundred of them.
May 20, 2012, 01:05 PM
I hear ya, Jim - I think the problem is that a lot of the folks today, who call themselves "gunsmiths", are in reality "parts-changers".
Us old-timers NEVER toss ANYTHING. :p
May 20, 2012, 02:26 PM
Armour's are parts changers.
Gunsmith is an art.
May 20, 2012, 03:23 PM
In the strict sense of the word "smith" as one who makes something, there are very few gunsmiths today who can make a gun, action, barrel, stock and all. A few might be able to actually make a rifle action, but no one would want to pay for it when Mauser actions are available by the ton. I know of no general gunsmith who can make a barrel; that work is left to specialists
From time to time, someone posts on one of these sites that he is unhappy with a factory product, intends to make his own action from a block of steel and wants to know how. Just the fact that he asks almost certainly means he hasn't the foggiest idea how to go about such a project and is unlikely to complete it.
But in fact it is not a matter of knowledge and skill being lost, but of our own misunderstanding of "how it was" in other times. Almost from the time guns were invented, some workers specialized in barrels, others in locks, others in stocks. (The expression "lock, stock and barrel" comes from firearms; it meant the whole gun.)
At the time the famous Pennsylvania (Kentucky) rifle was being made, most makers bought barrels, locks and rough rolled and cast brass parts from suppliers. The resulting similarity of guns by different makers has led to some interesting discussions among collectors, few of whom recognize that there were common suppliers involved.
May 25, 2012, 09:47 AM
Check this guy. lots of neat stuff, good prices. Several sizes of plug screws.
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