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    Early WRA Bullet Guides

    I wish these early WRA bullet guides were parts of my collection, but they're not. These belong to Bubba.
    Welcome to the Addiction!

    #2
    left to right

    earliest Educational Order bullet guide B8875
    later Educational Order B8875 WRA, ( WRA hand added to lower right )
    early production B8875WRA , ( all on same line )

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      #3
      That B8875 Winchester is very rare, Redfield had some of the bottom W.R.A. stamped bullet guides.

      My friend Brad Pedersen just sent me a photo of his Winchester bullet guides, the B8875 was also
      in his photo

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        #4
        The B8875 was indeed a hard one to find. I only need 2 more.

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          #5
          Paul, are you going to upgrade the Rahway Educational Order Winchesters ? the neat stuff is always the most difficult to
          restore. Have you done any research on the followers and slides for this period ?

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            #6
            Trying to bring them 100% correct . I have one of them 95% or better and the other two are 85-90% correct. I had to use the bullet guides with the WRA handstamped on two of them . All of the follower and slides are Winchester with early slides ( to the best of my knowledge ) .
            I still need ,
            2 numbered rear handguards
            1 type 1 follower rod , winchester
            2 sets original keystones
            and it's a toss up on the rear handguard clips if they had holes or not, at least at these serial numbers

            Bubba

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              #7
              Paul, bet you found the Winchester follower rod and springs from Winchester 100559. The owners son once fired 60 rounds
              through that rifle with the keystone and comp ! Complete length keystone has to be worth 3K or 4K nowdays. That 100559
              was made on Dec 27th 1940

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                #8
                One of the follower rods did come from 100559. I had put a winchester follower rod in it. It had a springfield follower rod in it when I bought it. I sold that rifle to a friend of mine. I found another winchester follower rod from another friend a few months ago. Lucky find.

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                  #9
                  Here are photos of the early Winchester barrel pads, these are from original rifle/barrel combinations. The drawing number is on
                  the op rod side. You can find different variations but I would think that a long pad is better on a early restoration

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                    #10
                    I know of less than a handful of the B8875 bullet guide. I am extremely grateful to two fantastic gentlemen in Texas that helped me find one.
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                      #11
                      Is it possible that WRA could have used a B-8875 too? I have a B8875WRA and they are identical matches as far as my old damaged eyes can tell. The striations match, filings match as well as the hardness punch location. The B- guide is blued/dulite.

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                        #12
                        Punch mark has always been a misconception about a part being WRA. SA hardness tested too. It is a poor indicator. Machining marks too have been an over assessment, as SA had some poor machining as well.

                        Remember the general sequence at SA was B-, then B space then B no space. The first WRA rifle was B no space, thius making it illogical (not impossible) that WRA would have gone back and put in a dash.

                        No original WRA rifle has surfaced with a B-8875 bullet guide, however SA rifles have.

                        Many early SA parts have a blue color, however it is not Dulite. Look at an early Type I SA follower rod, it is likely blued.

                        Lastly, if you look at the fonts between a B-8875, a B8875 and a B8875 W.R.A. (hand stamped) only the latter two are the same. Only after WRA converted to the roll stamped B8875W.R.A. did the font change.
                        Last edited by Pederson; 09-25-2015, 05:12 AM.

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                          #13
                          Thank you. All makes sense to me. That is what I was thinking too but I noticed a parts seller was selling an early part as Winchester. I have understood the punch mark for a long time and could not figure why WRA would use a 1939ish marking system B-8xxx but other characteristics were almost the same. I don't think the part is Dulite either. It is old but it does not have that certain hue that Dulite normally has. Thanks again for the detailed and logical response.

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