View Full Version : Winchester Model 71 takedown

December 21, 2000, 09:55 AM
A good friend was given a Winchester Model 71 in .348 caliber from his dad. He has no experience with lever actions and would like to do a detailed takedown to clean and inspect. Have tried to get info from the Winchester web sight but get no response. Can someone here help? TIA!!

Harley Nolden
December 21, 2000, 11:07 AM

On the way; WAIT
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December 21, 2000, 11:56 AM
Thank you Harley for the quick response and sending me the Model 71 manual.

James K
December 21, 2000, 11:08 PM
FWIW, I don't recommend trying to take that 71 down. Doing so is not easy and, if it is in nice shape, it has collector interest (top condition ones bring $1000 or more). Taking it apart, buggering screw heads or losing parts will do it no good.

Knowing the 71, I can only say that it is a very rugged rifle, and nothing should need "inspected". Use a good spray cleaner (I use G96 Gun Treatment, but any good spray cleaner will do) to clean and lightly lube the insides, and let it alone. Just MHO.