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Posted: 10/4/2021 8:28:02 PM EST
I have a gun safe by Winchester with a dial. I’ve had it for 5 years and have never had problems. I opened it the other day, but now I can’t get the combination to work. Anyone ever have this problem or know of a good local locksmith they would recommend?

Link Posted: 10/4/2021 8:36:35 PM EST
I used Jeff Cornell (928-710-0912), he is a locksmith who specializes in safes.  He swapped the pad out on mine after it quit working.
Link Posted: 10/4/2021 9:03:18 PM EST
Thank you ver much for your reply. I will check him out. I should specify that I live in North Scottsdale.
Link Posted: 10/4/2021 10:29:30 PM EST
Look up combination drift on YouTube.

Had a similar problem, combo didn't work after a few years, followed some tips I saw and got it to work properly again.
Link Posted: 10/5/2021 10:35:04 AM EST
push the door in with your knee and hold handle in the direction of locking (opposite the direction of opening it, try it both ways) while dialing the combo

sometimes if the internals are forced to one side the dial kinda jams and won't work.

sometimes when we overstuff our safes the internal mechanism gets forced in that way.
Link Posted: 10/5/2021 11:59:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: wildearp] [#5]
When the discs slip, one or more of your numbers may be off a digit or two.  You might get lucky and try again with this in mind.

People think that manual dials are more robust than digital, but the only one I have seen fail is a manual type.

Rapid spinning of the dial when clearing is the eventual cause.
Link Posted: 10/11/2021 1:24:20 PM EST
@Kevdog need an update.  
Link Posted: 10/11/2021 2:22:07 PM EST
When I started having intermittent issues unlocking my safe a Locksmith came out.  Luckily I was able to get it open, otherwise it would need drilled.

I was told that for each number, try the combination of going lower or higher one digit and sometimes you get lucky.  HTH.

Link Posted: 10/11/2021 9:41:47 PM EST
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Thank you ver much for your reply. I will check him out. I should specify that I live in North Scottsdale.
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I’m in cave creek and he came to me.  Believe he lives In Prescott but works in the valley.
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