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Pre-64 Model 70's w/ different cheek rest... 5 of them
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Came across an interesting group of Model 70’s… all five have the same type added cheek rest.  It has a definite German flavor.  Calibers are:  .220 Swift, .243, .264, .300 H&H and .375 H&H… all are from the mid 1950’s…  Anyone ever see of this before? 

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Very interesting, though I don’t care for the styling; ditto for Monte Carlos.  Looks like a splice job from the right side.  I’ve seen a fair number of pre-war 52s with “add-on” cheek-pieces that were obviously commercially produced, not “do-it-yourself” work; maybe this is the same.

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Ben Tolson said
Came across an interesting group of Model 70’s… all five have the same type added cheek rest.  It has a definite German flavor.  Calibers are:  .220 Swift, .243, .264, .300 H&H and .375 H&H… all are from the mid 1950’s…  Anyone ever see of this before? 

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It would be interesting to know the backstory on these.  I would speculate of course that they were made for one owner who found a stock style that fit him optimally.  Given the progressive caliber selections, perhaps the owner wanted a set of rifles he could hunt all this planet had to offer?  

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The work appears to have been very well done.  Whoever did it had some fine woodworking skills.

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If all are made to exactly the same specs, implies they are machine made.  New products, gadgets, services, etc., were usually mentioned in the “Dope Bag” section of the Rifleman, & anyone with hours to spend turning pages in issues from the ’40s & ’50s might find out who was producing them, a company like Paul Jaeger, for ex.  The entire set of rifles would make a collection in itself for someone who admired this kind of custom work.  (I admire custom work, just not this particular expression of it.)

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Hi Ben-

While I’ve seen a fair number of M70s with spliced in comb additions, I have not seen that particular style before.  Seems pretty clear it was the work of one hand, and pretty neatly done.

FWIW… The rifle below turned up for sale a couple years ago.  It’s a pre-war M70 Target Rifle in 220 SWIFT (S/N 4192).  The add-on cheek rest on this one is very similar to a product advertised in the Shooter’s Bible at the time.  Rather than being grafted onto the wood, these had some sort of felt (or similar) backing and attached to the otherwise unaltered comb via a couple of wood screws.

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BTW… I don’t particularly care for this style either.  A little too “European” for a M70.  But you could buy this off the shelf. Laugh

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steve004 said

Ben Tolson said

Came across an interesting group of Model 70’s… all five have the same type added cheek rest.  It has a definite German flavor.  Calibers are:  .220 Swift, .243, .264, .300 H&H and .375 H&H… all are from the mid 1950’s…  Anyone ever see of this before? 

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It would be interesting to know the backstory on these.  I would speculate of course that they were made for one owner who found a stock style that fit him optimally.  Given the progressive caliber selections, perhaps the owner wanted a set of rifles he could hunt all this planet had to offer?  

  

After visiting the home Steve, I think you’re spot on.  He had mounted Elephant tusks & feet, Zebra hides, African horn mounts of all sorts… all of the rifles have binders with loading information and targets showing performance of different bullet weights…  I would have liked to have met him and learned from his knowledge and ability.  He was a retired Top Sergeant and a Distinguished Rifleman, just like my own father.

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