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Old 01-06-2013, 03:59 PM
rover1992 rover1992 is offline
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Default Winchester Clip Latch Question

I am trying to find the correct clip latch for my Winchester. I am confused about which one to use. I am using the red Scott Duff Book and the blue serial number and data sheet book. My serial number is 1278???. Looks like it falls between Dec. 42 and Jan. 43 production. The book says early 42 through late summer 42 have CM stamped. Late 43 through early 45 have are stamped A. My rifle is between the cutoffs. Would I be correct with a CM stamped. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-06-2013, 05:30 PM
gunny gunny is offline
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Yours falls in the "dead zone"...unmarked clip latch. It must be "round nosed" (looking at the pin hole in the end where the pin protrudes, no square surrounding the hole) and on the back, below the spring hole, the milling is not a straight line. It will appear a little "indented" toward the spring hole. Generally you'll also note the "rough milling marks" as well but beware, some SAs will show milling marks.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:31 PM
aimit aimit is offline
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I think you are so close that any WRA clip latch could be correct. There was always overlapping usage during changeover.
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