View Full Version : Sight replacement on a Winchester 94

May 15, 2011, 07:42 AM
I'm considering replacing the front and rear sights on my Model 94 to a different set of sights to compensate for my age related eyesight issues. Is this something I can do myself or do I have to let a Gunsmith take over? What all is involved in the process?

May 15, 2011, 09:49 AM
It depends on the model 94. Some are factory drilled and tapped for a receiver peep sight, which are easier to use with "experienced" eyes than open sights. Newer Angle Eject Models are factory drilled and tapped for a scope, which works great.

If you have an excellent condition 94, especially if it's pre-64 you probably shouldn't alter it.

Old Grump
May 15, 2011, 11:35 AM


I put this on my Win 94 32 spcl and it most definitely pre 64, more like pre 44 and I don't feel a bit guilty about it. I am closer to 70 then I am 60 and about 12 years ago give or take a year I put a Williams sight on it making it a shooter for me again. It's to good a gun to not shoot and I have to much shooting in me to just give it up.

May 15, 2011, 12:24 PM
I like a full buckhorn. No drilling and tapping. You can use it as a ghost ring or finesse it.


May 15, 2011, 01:16 PM
I already have a Williams sight but the hole is way too small.

It's a 1980 side eject so I don't think I'll have a line of ticked off collectors wanting to let me know how badly I messed up a collectors item. I may add a saddle ring and a large loop lever just for fun in the future.

The buckhorn sight looks promissing though. I've also heard of something called a true ghost ring that might work too.

May 15, 2011, 01:22 PM
If you find your current aperture too small, try one of these:


Remove the open rear sight and fill with one of these:


May 15, 2011, 02:00 PM
I only use the screw in aperture for sighting in , take it out for hunting . Miniute of Deer is no problem . Now days they call it a Ghost Ring , same deal .

May 15, 2011, 05:58 PM
Here's one I'm looking at. How hard would it be to install myself?


May 16, 2011, 02:49 AM
IMO, you'd be better off with the receiver sight you already have and a larger / removed aperture. Having the rear sight farther away is faster and more accurate.

May 16, 2011, 12:56 PM
Never seen that setup before , but I do see two reasons to stay away from it . 1 the front sight is plastic , they don't last long in the woods , too fragile ! 2 rear sight aperture is too far from the eye , one of the pluses of a peep sight is a longer sight plain . That setup will probably be useless in low light . If you want a fiber optic front , get a Williams Fire Sight ! A Williams rear such as the 5d or Fool Proof or even a guide if your gun is angle eject !

May 16, 2011, 01:49 PM
I put a used Redfield peep on my 94 Winchester and it was a great improvement. The receiver was factory tapped for it and the install was easy. I started the sight in process by aligning the peep with the original sights. That got me on paper at 50 yards...

The guys around here told me that the fiber optic insert front sights are fragile and wash out if you're shooting in the direction of the setting sun. I don't know for sure but that's what the guys at my gun club said when I was asking around...