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Old 09-11-2019, 06:26 PM
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Would one of my fellow post war Winchester 74 owners be so kind as to post a picture of your factory sear? If you're not familiar, it is on the top rear of the bolt stop near the bolt release/removal button running through the receiver. It is the gun part that catches and cocks and holds back the firing pin when it is under spring tension. It is very easy to remove from the bolt stop, one small roll pin locates and holds it in place, but be carerful, a very small spring is located under the rear tab of the sear in a hole drilled for it in the bolt stop body. Need to look at the shape, contour, and measurement of the bottom of the actual "hook" that engages the slot in the firing pin to hold it back. Reason for photo request is that I'm visiting and helping a friend install a replacement sear in his own 74, and mine is about 450 miles away at the moment, so can't compare an original to the new replacement. Much thanks in advance.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:37 AM
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Here is a pic of the sear I was referring to....since zero replies to the original photo request, thought I would take a pic of mine when I got back home to show the part to others....https://imgur.com/ozQJH5X
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:32 AM
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Source of sear

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Old 09-15-2019, 09:40 PM
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Thank you syfr...but don't need a replacement. That picture is my original 1947 vintage sear. Was out of town visiting a friend and wanting to compare dimensions to fit a newly purchased replacement sear to his 1953 model 74. There is also a slight scallop curve on the bottom of the sear hook to help it ride the round firing pin in operation. We got it done....fitted, checked and live fire tested for reliability and safety. Appreciate the effort, though.
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:09 PM
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Glad you got it going again! It's so good to return something to service that otherwise might be discarded.
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:45 PM
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My brothers and I all learned to shot my dads old Model 74. It still shot good in the fifties but it had been run over and the stock repaired and reshaped. In the 70's my dad wanted to trade it for a new Nylon 22. I asked what they were giving him, it was $10. I bought for him for $10. It was pretty worn, the trigger needed a shim on it to fire. After 30 or so years I finally got some new parts and fixed it up. It shoots pretty well.
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