June 14, 2021
Right now I have a new project and need some help.
I’m restoring a Winchester model 70 Pre 64 22 hornet caliber and I am almost finished, already find the most difficult parts I need and now looking for the easiest is where I don’t know what to do.
I need the stock and the floorplate but any place I look there is no information about those parts.
Does those parts be the same as any other caliber or are they specifically for the 22 hornet caliber?
I would appreciate any comment.
November 5, 2014
The pre-64 M70 receiver for the 22 HORNET has the same external dimensions as any of the standard caliber receivers, so any stock will fit. In fact all the pre-64 M70 receivers, including the long H&H magnums have the same external receiver dimensions. The only difference is that the H&H magazine box is a bit longer so a complete H&H action w/ magazine box won’t fit in a stock with the standard magazine well.
No worries with the 22 HORNET however… Most of the Hornets were made during the time frame where the low comb NRA style stock was dominant. Only a relative few assembled late in production had the MC comb stock, though some did so depending on your serial number you might be able to go either way.
As for the floor plate… It was a specialized part in that the slots meant to accommodate the magazine leaf spring of standard calibers had to be opened up a bit to accept the coil magazine spring of the Hornet. The Hornet floor plates were almost always stamped with the letter “H” on the inside. Finding an original H floor plate, especially if good original finish is an issue, may be a challenge. But one can readily modify a standard floor plate to work as long as “originality” is not a concern.
Hope this helps,
WACA 9519; Studying Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters
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