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August 7, 2023 - 3:34 pm
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Looking for original finish & unmodified:

.220 Swift varmint w/ metal butt plate or Feaatherweight w/ plastic butt plate (1961)

.243 target (Marksman?) stock w/ checkered flat butt plate or a Featherweight w/ plastic butt plate (1960)

.300 H&H stock w/ metal butt plate (1955)

.375 H&H stock w/ solid red pad (1954)

I understand the challenge I’m facing… but have to try.  please PM w/ pics & price.  thanks.

Here’s a pic of what I’m working on…. previous owner was stationed in Germany back in the 1950’s to early 60’s, he loved the “Schutzen” rifle look and according to the family, had Fuch’s in Austria fit all his Model 70’s with cheek pieces & buttpads. They are very well done, but to the American Winchester Model 70 collector, not appealing.

Update:  Nov. 2023   I’ve found all but one…. still need the 1954 .375 H&H stock w/ solid red pad……  I will happily pay for the proper stock.  thanks.

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Ben,

I wish you the best of luck in finding all those Pre-64 Model 70 stocks.  They are out there, but it might be quite a wait.  

Just so you know, the .243 rifle with the target barrel might also be a Varmint model, and that stock might be easier to find than the marksman stock.  The metal work on the Varmint and the Target were identical.  I have been looking for an unmodified Marksman stock for YEARS! 

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Still looking for the .375 H&H stock…  anyone here willing to let one go?  please…….

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Ben Tolson said
Still looking for the .375 H&H stock…  anyone here willing to let one go?  please…….

  

Best chance of finding any scarce item is by creating a “saved search” for it on ebay. 

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Believe it or not found two very nice, unaltered 375 H&H stocks at different local shows 7 or 8 years ago. Both are long gone.

Used to be a lot of nice stuff at the shows, not so much anymore.

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Tedk said
Used to be a lot of nice stuff at the shows, not so much anymore. 

Major reason for that is that most of the parts, sights, optics, etc. that folks (other than dealers) used to bring to shows are now sold on ebay–a potential customer base of tens of thousands vs a few hundred at a show.  On top of that, items commonly bring more on ebay than at a show.

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Amazing workmanship in the alteration.  

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TTT…. still need a nice .375 H&H Magnum Model 70 stock… 1954 mfg. w/ solid red pad…. please pm.  thanks in advance.

update:  Thought I’d located the proper stock,  turned out to be a transition stock w/ cloverleaf tang… so I’m still in need. 

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After patiently searching for the last 8 months, I finally located the .375 H&H stock I needed on ebay last week….  paid $657. (with shipping & tax) which hurt a little…but it will be worth it.  The stock arrived today and the condition matches the barreled action I have… I will bring the pieces together tonight. 

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Great find, Ben.

Don’t you just love it when you can bring an old rifle back to factory specification? Be sure to show us pictures of the rifle in its new (old) stock.

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Ben, 

It doesn’t appear from the photograph of the altered stocks that there’s anything out of the ordinary about them except the addition of a cheekpiece/comb overlay and a ventilated recoil pad.  

I would guess the original comb was cut away and flattened to allow the new comb/cheekpiece to be installed with pins, so some of the original wood is probably missing, but there may be enough “meat” in the new comb to allow it to be lowered somewhat and restyled. A creative and competent woodworker might be able to also remodel the cheekpiece (in place) to be less Teutonic and restyle it to resemble a Griffin & Howe pre-WWII design. 

So, you might consider offering them up on eBay to the trade. There are some very clever stockmakers out there, not all of whom are famous outside their own towns. Perhaps you could recover some of the considerable money you’ve laid on the barrelhead in your quest. 

Congratulations on your Herculean effort and your impressive success. 

Bill 

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Here’s the result.  I’m very happy with the original condition of the stock.   I’m going to take the 5 customized stocks to Reno, Greeley and Cody.  Chasing down the right stocks was alot of fun.  As they say “the thrill of the hunt”.

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Ben said
Here’s the result…I’m happy…

You should be…finding such a scarce stock in such fine cond is amazing good luck. 

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