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Pre war model 70 restoration
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January 30, 2024 - 3:13 am
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Over the past couple months I set out to return my 1946 model 70 back to some form of dignity. From its cut down stock, hideous butt pad, missing front sight hood, and no scope or mount, it had definitely seen better days. Correcting the majority of it became the primary mission and I’d say it turned out rather well considering where it started.

Of course I couldn’t have got anywhere without the help of several of you on here. Huge thanks to Lou, Clarence, Steve, and several others for their endless knowledge, willingness to help, and lending a hand in keeping these old rifles alive. 

I attached some pictures below of the before and after. Now has correct length stock, steel buttplate, sight hood, Redfield Jr one piece mount, and Lyman Alaskan 2.5x scope. I believe the rings are Redfield as well but feel free to educate me if not.

For those who commented on the previous couple threads regarding the drilled receiver and bridge dilemma, (Lou, Clarence, Steve), I figure I’ll try the scope with just the front two screws and see if it holds a zero. If not I think I’m going to try to epoxy the rear of the mount. If I drilled the rear hole in the mount to align with the front bridge hole I don’t think there would be enough metal on the rear of the mount without the drill bit breaking through.

All in all I’m happy with it and excited to get it out in the deer blind this fall.

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Impressive accomplishment, Troy; replacing the stock wasn’t the easiest remedy, but it absolutely was the best.  No other scope looks more fitting on a pre-war 70 than an Alaskan.  Redfield rings could be had in two styles, split & solid (so called), yours being the latter.  The US M1907-style sling is also “just right” for a 70 of this vintage.

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Hi Troy-

You can be proud of your accomplishment!!!  When someone acquires a rifle, especially one that has been altered, they are free to do whatever they want with it.  I like the way they looked back in the day, so naturally I admire the choices you’ve made.  Lyman Alaskan, Redfield JR base with Redfield “solid” rings, Tilden safety, M1907 Style leather sling… All vintage/period correct.

Just to “nitpick”… Wink The original rear sight would have been a Winchester 22G “sporting” sight in the barrel OR a flat top Lyman 12S blank in the barrel and a “full block” Lyman 48WJS receiver sight (the kind that the stock had to be notched to accommodate).  Winchester didn’t routinely put folding sights on these rifles until they came out with MC stocks in 1952, and then it was the Marbles 69 (not a Lyman 16B)… 

Let us know how it behaves at the range!!! Laugh

Lou

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Nicely done, looks like it ought to. I suspect the deer won’t be impressed but I like it. 

 

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Very nice outcome to your project Cool

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Appreciate it guys!

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