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March 10, 2021
5:27 pm
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The safety on my pre war Model 70 would swing from safe to fire as it should but getting it from fire to safe was to the point I was afraid I was gonna break the lever. About 2 weeks ago I shipped it to Justin Hale in Woodinville, WA for repair. She just arrived back home and the safety is perfect. The old girl should be ready to go another 80 years. These guys do excellent work at a fair price and they are fast. Thanks.

Tom Black

March 10, 2021
6:56 pm
Winchester, VA
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Yes… When it comes to pre-64 M70s they do nice work that’s reasonably priced.

From time to time they also run across some good collectable M70s.  Selling collector guns isn’t their primary business by any means, but people often contact them looking to either sell or consign rifles.  For example I bought the rifle pictured below from Justin a few weeks ago.  It’s a genuine “sightless” 300 WIN MAGNUM Westerner-Alaskan, S/N 578984.  One of the last few thousand pre-64 receivers manufactured.  This one had been in an old Southern California collection for decades.

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WACA 9519; Studying Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters


March 10, 2021
9:33 pm
Woodinville, WA
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Thanks Tom, and Lou!  

It’s been an interesting last year for us.  I am not sure of the exact reason, but business has never been busier.  Both for rifle sales and also for gunsmithing, repairs, restorations, etc.  Perhaps COVID is to blame.  Most gun shows have been cancelled over the past year, so parts and rifles shopping has gone online.  Also, the demand for repairs is up.  That may be because everyone has gotten bored at home and has decided to go shooting, or to pull out dad’s old rifle and get it running again.  Whatever the case, 2020/2021 have been far busier than we ever imagined.  We have added additional full time staff and have literally hundreds of model 70s flowing through our shop.

Tom, I am glad you were satisfied with our work and thanks for the kind words.  Our newest gunsmith took care of your rifle and I did the inspection work. He did a fine job with no rework required – just what we need with so much new volume coming through the shop.  

Enjoy that rifle and thanks for letting us get it back up and running!


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