September 18, 2021
Backstory: my brother-in-law went hunting and took his single engine aircraft, sadly he crashed shortly after takeoff for home. I was supposed to be with on that trip also, anyways I was given his rifle (what was left of it) and I want to restore it in memory of him. The only thing that is usable is the action. The barrel is bent and the stock is in splinters.
I need a new stock and barrel, but don’t know exactly what I need. That make sense? I tried to find the year it was made thinking that would get me started, but I am finding that’s even difficult to find.
It is a Model 70 30-06 with “Classic Sporter” stamped on the barrel. Serial number G134348.
Can anyone give me a close year of manufacture and any other info I need to buy the new parts?
Thank You in advance.
April 15, 2005
The Model 70 Classic Sporter was introduced in the year 1994 (by the U.S. Repeating Arms Company). The U.S. Repeating Arms Company ceased to exist in March of 2006. Currently, the Browning Arms Company carries the Winchester Model 70 line of rifles. I would contact them to determine if they can help you.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
September 22, 2011
I will be honest with you. It’s going to be way more difficult and expensive to repair this rifle than it is worth. I understand the sentimental value, but if I were you I would keep the action in his memory and then purchase an identical rifle to what was destroyed. When you think about it, nothing on your rifle will be the same as when your brother in law had it except the action anyways. Might as well have a good example which is basically the same less the action.
June 4, 2017
Derek, Lets say you find one just like his for $1200 and pay a gunsmith to transfer his action to the other gun for $400, $1600 all in. You could send his gun as is to a custom gun maker and have him use the action to build the gun you always wanted, $3500 all in. You could just remove the action from his gun and install it on a plaque with a hunting picture of him. $200, all in. Depends on what you want to spend. If you have no gunsmithing experience, playing with a high powered barrel damaged rifle might not go well if someone shoots it. T/R