Uncle Morris, on 31 January 2012 - 07:40 PM, said:
Is there an easy way to distinguish a P14 from A P17 rear sight assembly?
Will a Remmington or Eddystone made P14 rear sight assembly fit my Winchester?
Why is my bolt stop spring loose?
From what I can tell, looking at a poor quality exploded parts diagram there seems to be a round button called a spring seat
that sits beneath the bolt stop spring? It is not present on my rifle.
Any help with these questions will be very much appreciated.
M1917 and P14 rear sights are graduated differently
M1917 are graduated from 200-1600 yards whilst P14s are graduated from 200-1650 (ie there is a small additional mark above the 16 on the left side of the slider)
The sight parts should fit, regardless of manufacturer, although my experience has shown that there is sometimes the need for careful (minor) fitting.
One source of problems can be if the backsight axis screw is bent.
I am not sure on your second issue
As far as I am aware the bolt stop assembly consists of the Bolt stop, Bolt stop screw (small pointed screw upon which the stop pivots)botl stop spring, and ejector.
Does your rifle still have the volley sight fitted?
The M1917 bolt stop is slightly different in shape and I do not thing M1917 and P14 bolt stops are interchangeable.
I'll go and have a look at mine and see if I can work out what is going on. the most obvious reason for looseness would be a bad spring I would suppose.
I can post a detailed parts picture if it would help
EDIT: ahhhhh I think I may understand. If you do not have the rear volley sight apeture fitted or at least its base then your spring will have no tension it in (I think this is what you mean by the button) which would cause the looseness. The "button" was fitted to M1917 rifles which never had volley sights but provides the necessary spacing. On most British P14 rifles modified in the run up to WWII the peep arm was ground off leaving the base in place to provide the spacing. I do not know if a M1917 Bolt stop spring rest will fit on a P14.
Be aware reassembling the bolt stop is a bit fiddly!
Edited by 4thGordons, 31 January 2012 - 08:35 PM.