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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: Rarest pre 64 Winchester model 70?
I've been told the same about the standard 308's, with the standard rifle 243's being a rare find as well.
But, as mentioned, someone's verbal on something like that doesn't merit the cost such a rifle commands if the story is true. The trouble is...how do you prove the veracity of such a claim?
I've always been interested in such stuff, but I can't bring myself to try to purchase collectible M70's because I just don't feel like I would be able to do so in a smart fashion. Plus I like to use my stuff, lol.
I have a low 5-digit M70 in 300H&H. It's had a refinish and replacement stock. It's no museum piece. But for a rifle made in 1938, that's ok to me, and I get the experience of using a very early M70 without paying the collector's premium.
That is what I look for.
I got my 1949-made M70 in 30-06 for $500 out the door because it had a limbsaver pad installed, an aperture sight notch and scope sidemount cut both repaired, and holes in the side from the mount were plugged. It was all done pretty well and looks good. Destroyed the premium price the gun would have otherwise commanded, but not the function or capability.
So I have a rifle from what many consider to be the "golden age" of the m70 for what an entry level rifle costs these days. And that thing is a rock-solid reliable good shooter, too.
Trying to weedle out those rarest of the rare M70's, to me, is asking to get conned by someone trying to make a buck off someone else not knowing any better.
Just my opinion on it...