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~ Intertwined ~ The Inseparable Legacies of Jack O'Connor and the Winchester Model 70

Jack O'Connor is the central figure in the history of the Winchester model 70 - no individual contributed more to the legend and legacy of the rifle. O’Connor’s was enormously influential in making the pre-64 model 70 desired, and also in making the post-1963 model 70 despised.  As such, it is impossible to separate the legacy of the model 70 from that of Jack O’Connor.  This article takes a look at O'Connor's history and his relationship with the Winchester model 70.

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Model 70 Barrel Replacement - A Customer's Experience

Guest authored by pre64win.com customer P. Dawson This article was written by a pre64win.com customer who kindly related their experience re-barreling a cherished family heirloom rifle.  The article is presented here without editing or revision.  We have added a few comments at the end of the article to help any who may attempt to use this article as a DIY guide for replacing a barrel. My first barrel replacement on a pre-’64 Winchester model 70. Disclaimer: Don’t believe anything you read here and don’t try any of this ever. You have been warned. Blaine Rorabaugh was a Navy Sea Bee stationed in the South Pacific during WWII. He was also my maternal grandfather and perhaps the most colorful person in...

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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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