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Winchester 1897 holes

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by GlockGuru182, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. GlockGuru182

    GlockGuru182 Roachin'

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    I'm refinishing my grandfather's 97t in memory of him. Back in the day he got rid of the heat shield and bayonet lug, drilled/tapped the receiver and added a scope/mount to hunt deer. I want to get a repro heatshield/bayonet lug and take the scope off, but there are ugly holes left behind. Is there a way to fill these holes? Would I have to get a MIG welder and park the entire gun? I need some advice. Thanks guys!
     
  2. RobarGuns

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    The right way is to weld up the holes and refinish the entire receiver. Be aware that you might get some variations in the shade of the finish due to the heat applied during welding.
     

  3. Wakko

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    You COULD cut the head off a couple screws, insert them, and use a little filler (silver solder might work, black epoxy, JB weld). They will be noticable, but close enough for government work. As far as the heat shield, make sure you age it to match the finish on the shotgun. There's a thread on Surplus Rifles about it.