A classic diamond in the rough.

SDHNTR

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I’ve always wanted a pre64 Winchester M70. I read a lot of Jack O’Connor as a kid. Couldn’t afford one when I was younger, and when I could, I couldn’t find the right one. They were all either in terrible condition, or too nice. I wanted one that was nice enough to be proud of, but not too nice to use. Finally stumbled into one that fit that description a couple months ago.

First thing I did was remove the nice factory original stock. I put it in a sleeve in the back of the safe to preserve it it. Then I deliberated on what stock to put on it to actually shoot and hunt with. While sensible, I just couldn’t bring myself to drop it into a synthetic stock. So I went on the hunt for an OEM wood stock that had been modified and no longer valuable. Found one for a song. Had an old hardened recoil pad and a bad finish job.

So I got to stripping the old finish off and sanding and sanding. What I found was good and bad. Absolutely beautiful grain in the wood, but also a crack in the forend.

So that was job one. I fixed the crack by injecting epoxy from the inside and clamping. Can’t even see it now. Then I bedded the action, and the hogged out line of the crack inside the barrel channel, with Acraglass. The new stock needed some inletting adjustment to make the bottom metal fit stress free. I admittedly got a little carried away with the dremel so that required bedding the bottom metal too. Then multiple coats of hand rubbed oil finish and finally fitted it with a classy red Pachmayr Old English grind to fit recoil pad. That was a first for me. Messy job! Then I adjusted the trigger to a nice 2.75ish lbs and buttoned her all back up.

Last touch was to install a period correct Lyman 48wjs steel peep sight.

I’m now quite proud of my Diamond In the Rough and can’t wait to hopefully shoot something with her this fall. DC771C85-1871-449E-B9EB-220BAFA265C6.jpeg
 
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PorterNY

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I’m a big 270 fan…recently shot my elk and moose with one . Jack O’Connor was before my time, but I’ve read many of his books… I hope you get to shoot something nice with it.
 

Formidilosus

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That remains to be seen. Gonna try it with the peep site first and see if I can make it reasonably work. If not, I’ll be on the hunt for a clean old K4 or M8 4x or similar. Something fixed, steel and glossy. Old school.

👍🏼
 

mt100gr.

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Sweet rifle. My grandpa's pre64 30-06 was the rifle I first hunted with 26 years ago. It's in my safe now and still has the factory hooded front sight and rear buckhorn. I'd be surprised if the total round count is over 50....I still have a couple of the old cardboard 10 round boxes of Eley Kynoch 180 grain soft point ammo that collected dust in his cabinet, too.
 

Macintosh

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Classy, I like it! Finish looks good, and you didnt even sand off the checkering borders
 

TxxAgg

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Looks great

Can you show us a pic of the original stock?
 
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SDHNTR

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Do you mean a picture of that stock that’s on the gun now before I started working on it? I should have taken some before pictures. I didn’t, wasn’t thinking of showing before and after. Should have.

Or are you talking about the stock that was original to the rifle that I took off to preserve? It’s actually nothing special at all. It’s in good condition, but the grain is very plain and relatively featureless. Nothing exciting.
 

EastHumboldt

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Since this is essentially classic rifle porn, how about some close-ups of the grip area, The Checkering, and the Sweet sweet grain, And especially the butt pad!!

also maybe some photos of hot cartridge on action action!
 

VernAK

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Is that comb going to be too high for your receiver sight? Hunted many years with pre64 70s wearing 48wjs but none had that high of a comb.
 
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