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i am fixing to buy a model 70 but when I tryed to look up serial # at Winchester they had no record dom. So I came to we’re the experts really are. I am not going to buy it until sure if original. So see if you guys can make me the owner of this gun help me out. S#846628 model70,270 Winchester 

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It is an original Model 70 serial number, but it is not a Pre-64. Instead, it was manufactured late in the year 1966.

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Ty for help Bert don’t care what yr just wanted to be sure it was not doctored up so now I’ll have a nice rifle ty ty ty

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Ty for help Bert don’t care what yr just wanted to be sure it was not doctored up so now I’ll have a nice rifle ty ty ty  

I can’t tell if it has been “doctored up” or not, just that the serial number is in the range for the early Post-63 production rifles.  In the year 1968, Winchester added the “G” prefix to the serial numbers on the Model 70 to be in compliance with the GCA of 1968.

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I am wanting to buy a NOS winchester M70, it looks to be in pristine condition… only the SN is throwing me off.  The guy says it’s early-min 90’s model.  But the SN is 35CZY03546… neither I or the internet can find something similar to that SN in regards to an M70. Any insight would be appreciated 

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I am wanting to buy a NOS winchester M70, it looks to be in pristine condition… only the SN is throwing me off.  The guy says it’s early-min 90’s model.  But the SN is 35CZY03546… neither I or the internet can find something similar to that SN in regards to an M70. Any insight would be appreciated   

The serial number you mention is positively not an original Winchester Model 70 (pre-1981), nor is it a U.S. Repeating Arms Company (USRACo) manufactured Model 70 (1981 – 2006).  Instead, the serial number you mention identifies it as one of the Model 70 rifles manufactured by FN Herstal in Viana Portugal after the year 2012.  FN move the Model 70 production from Columbia, SC USA to Viana Portugal in 2013 where they are still being manufactured today.  Therefore, the rifle you are looking at is at most 10-years old.

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I am wanting to buy a NOS winchester M70, it looks to be in pristine condition… only the SN is throwing me off.  The guy says it’s early-min 90’s model.  But the SN is 35CZY03546… neither I or the internet can find something similar to that SN in regards to an M70. Any insight would be appreciated   

The serial number you mention is positively not an original Winchester Model 70 (pre-1981), nor is it a U.S. Repeating Arms Company (USRACo) manufactured Model 70 (1981 – 2006).  Instead, the serial number you mention identifies it as one of the Model 70 rifles manufactured by FN Herstal in Viana Portugal after the year 2012.  FN move the Model 70 production from Columbia, SC USA to Viana Portugal in 2013 where they are still being manufactured today.  Therefore, the rifle you are looking at is at most 10-years old.

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Thank you so much for the insight. I will most definitely be passing on that rifle now.  

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