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Finding your rifle's place in model 70 production history

Knowing the details of when your rifle was manufactured and what production generation your rifle is from is essential knowledge for every model 70 owner. Whether you are buying parts, or just trying to understand how your rifle fits into the model 70 family of rifles, it begins with knowing when it was made. This Campfire article explains how to find your rifle's place in model 70 production history. A factory original and all correct Type I-1 rifle from 1936 Pre-64 model 70s are commonly classified into one of three production groupings, framed around WWII. These groups are "pre-war" and "post-war", with a small number of rifles between these two groups referred to as "transition" rifles. In Winchester parlance, these three groupings of rifles are...

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The Legendary US Marine Corps Model 70 Sniper Rifle

On May 29, 1942, eager to do their part in the war effort, Winchester shipped 373 model 70 standard .30-06 rifles to the US Marine Corps. Winchester requested the Marines evaluate the rifles generally for suitability of use in combat, and specifically for use as sniper rifles. Two months later the Marine Corps replied to Winchester in a memo which stated: Subject: Rifles, Winchester, Model 70, .30 Government 06. The subject rifles are not considered suitable for general service use for the following reasons:  Not sufficiently sturdy Parts are not interchangeable with M1903 and M1 parts Replacement parts will be difficult to procure Not fitted with sling swivels.  These rifles are not considered suitable for use as sniper rifles. The...

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Ordering information for our non-US customers

The popularity of the pre-64 Winchester model 70 doesn't abide by international borders and certainly extends far beyond the US. We are proud to have served clients in more than 20 countries, including Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, The UK, New Zealand, Australia, Iran, Zimbabwe and more! We wish it were possible to offer all of our products to customers in every country. This is unrealistic, however, as many of our products are not legal for export from the US, not to mention the varied import regulations in prospective destination countries. In order to maintain US ITAR compliance and prevent any potential for an accidental illegal export, we are changing our online ordering policy for non-US buyers. As of 1 May, 2018, our online ordering...

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Building a Custom Rifle on the Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Action

This Campfire article walks the reader through the process of building a custom rifle and addresses the questions we are most frequently asked by prospective custom rifle builders. Starting with selecting a receiver, and working all the way through choosing the right barrel and furnishing your rifle with a stock, this article will familiarize you with the process of building a custom rifle, discussing factors to consider when making many of the key decisions which must be made along the way to a completed rifle.

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