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Model 70 authenticity
June 29, 2020
5:55 pm
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Recently bought a standard model 70 suposedly made in 1950.  It is an immaculate rifle.  The barrel blueing is almost identical to the receiver blue, a satin blackish color.  I compared it to another pre 64 that I have and the distance from the barrel end to the receiver is about 1/16" shorter.  Am wondering if this is a stock rifle or has it been rebarreled or totally redone.  

June 29, 2020
10:19 pm
Charleston, SC
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Hi Jmwelna-

Do you have photos of the rifle?  I'm pretty sure we can answer your questions from a few clear pics.  As a guest you cannot post photos directly but can either post a link to a 3rd party photo hosting site or e-mail them to me at luttrell@musc.edu to post for you. 

Some things to include are a photo of the proof marks on barrel and receiver, the fit between the rear sight boss on the barrel and the stock inletting, the left side barrel markings, and the front sight ramp/muzzle.  How long is the barrel?  What's the chambering?  

I think that setting the barrel back one turn (for example to recut a chamber and fix headspace problems) causes you to lose at least 1/8" (not 1/16").  This will often cause the barrel proof mark to be partially removed (or be too close to the receiver to have been made with the factory proof marking die), and the "goose egg" in the barrel to not fit the inletting in the stock.  

Your statement that the barrel and receiver blue match is a little concerning, since by 1950 the bead blasted black oxide blue on the receiver and the shiny blue on the barrel were quite different (unless your gun has a stainless barrel).  Pics would help... Smile


WACA 9519; Studying Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters


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