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Old 05-04-2013, 03:53 PM #1
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How to: Modify a Winchester loader.

The Winchester loader is a great pump loader. Small, cheap and feeds great. However there are a couple weak spots. The stock lid is not on a hinge and the feedneck can be a tad weak. The folks at Paintball Gateway have realized the issue with the feedneck and many a pumpers have modified the lid.

Here is a DIY on how to fix these issues.

List of tools/parts needed:

Winchester loader
Paintball Gateway's Winchester feed neck insert
Pod lid of choice ( Dye lock lid requires more modding to work 100%)
sandpaper/Dremel with sanding bit
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First Step: Inserting Paintball Gateway's Winchester feed neck insert

Notice that the piece is threaded.



Simply clamp your vice grips to the base of the insert and thread into the loaders feedneck. You may want to place a small drop of glue on the insert to prevent backing out or the like.



Now that portion is done.



Step two: Modding the loader opening to place a flip top style lid.

As you have noticed there is a lip on the opening on the loader this is what locks the stock lid in place. Remove it. Either by cutting it off, or sanding it. After many a times doing this, I realize using a dremel with sanding bit is probably the fastest. Please do a better job than I have lol. Clean up the cut with some sand paper, preferable fine grit.





Once all the residue has been removed, you are now ready to attach the lid. Place a bead of glue on either the inside of the flip top or around the opening of the loader.



Place the flip top around the loader opening, align to your liking and allow the glue to settle over 24 hours for maximum strength. If you used electrical tape go play.




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Old 05-05-2013, 05:05 PM #2
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Looks good! This will definently be helpful.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:01 PM #3
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Are people able to find Winchesters anymore?
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Yep, just bought 2.
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Is ANS or PBG still selling them or what?
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:17 PM #6
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Nope, bst here
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I don't remember where I bought mine, but then again it was 2 years ago. These were the only two things from paintball I kept. Those pictures were actually taken in Sept 2010.

I know PBG still has the inserts but I can't find the loaders on there. Was there talks of them not being made anymore?

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:28 PM #8
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he started out with 100 hoppers
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I bought a bunch several years ago as well, I just don't plan to sell any more.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:03 PM #10
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The mounting posts looks much cleaner than glue. I'll give u some at the pump day.
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What would be my home store if i still lived out there, NorCal Paintball in Vacaville, had a handful of them sitting in a box of other gravity-feds. I don't know where he gets them, but the owner says he has no problems getting them.

An old Dye pod's collar lid fits nice on my winchester, without any glue or fasteners. Nice & snug, it's beautiful.
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What would be my home store if i still lived out there, NorCal Paintball in Vacaville, had a handful of them sitting in a box of other gravity-feds. I don't know where he gets them, but the owner says he has no problems getting them.

An old Dye pod's collar lid fits nice on my winchester, without any glue or fasteners. Nice & snug, it's beautiful.
Yes understood. Unless you cut some of the pod with it then the lid can mess up. I know if you slightly drill or use a thumbtack and some GLUE it fixes the problem. If I had Dye lock lids and a loaner Winchester I could do it and create a thread.

I need to order more Winchesters just in case.
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I think this should be stickied.
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I think this should be stickied.
I added it to my end all hopper thread. Anyone can PM me and I can update it.
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I bought 2 Winnine's from leonardi4 (the b/s/t link), I received them very quickly and they are/were brand new. In fact I may just get a couple more, btw: I just ordered 2 of the inserts and I've already done the flip top mod to 1 of the hoppers, the other hopper I used a Speed Feed for a Revi, cut it down to fit and used a Zip Tie to hold it in place. You can kind of see it in the picture. I'll update it with a better picture when I get home from work today.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:42 PM #16
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additional mod to a Winchester

This is the second speed feed I've installed so it only took about 10 minutes for me to complete this one.








I only use 10 round tubes and this mod is wonderful for tubes. I'm not sure how well it would work with the 30 round pods but I'm sure it would do just fine.
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Do you know if a Halo/Revvy model will work.
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I would think any speed feed would work as long as it has "sides" around the lip to use some kind of zip tie or a "Livestrong" bracelet or something like that to attach it to the hopper.
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Will try tonight after LMG range.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:58 PM #20
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great thread!!! i use superglue and lock-lids.
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I found some winchesters on eBay. I was going to grab one and do this, then I saw the were $21 apiece with $9 shipping.

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