.308 Win. Bored and Rechambered to .358 Win. - 1953
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It has been said that there are more fake .358 Win. model 70's than real ones, and this barrel is an example of how the fakes were created. This 22" featherweight barrel probably started out as a .308 Winchester barrel on a 1953 rifle. It appears that at some point the barrel was bored out to .358 caliber and a new chamber was cut in .358 Winchester. To complete the transformation, the original .308 marking was ground off, welded up, ground smooth, and re-stamped to .358 Win. Note the date stamped on the bottom of the barrel - '53; the .358 Win cartridge wasn't introduced until 1955.
We got the rifle from a collector who had no idea it was faked, and was actually relieved to find out that he no longer had a fake in his collection.
The barrel has now been re-blued and is in excellent (refinished) condition. The finish is nearly flawless and there is no damage in the metal.
Bore - The is no notable wear in the barrel, either in the throat or on the rifling. There are a very few, very light pits in the bore. The are some tooling marks in the first section of the rifling caused by the .358 chamber reamer.