Old school .243 Winchester model 70s


July 31, 2012, 06:00 PM
I will start off with my latest project, a 1959 Winchester Model 70 std. rifle . I got the gun for $499 this spring as it was in good shape ,not cut nor sanded and all blueing intact (except the barrel and sights, more on this :uhoh:) and looked shot very little with an imaculate bore and super clean chamber and throat.
The barrel WAS reblued, but a good job that matched the trigger guard well (the recievers of pre 64 Model 70s have a unique matte blue which was NOT redone :) ) and previous owner had removed and filled front and rear sight and turned the screws and blank down to barrel contour :banghead: before reblueing and reinstalling the NOW Ackley Improved chambered barrel !
I had the odd 10x Unertl Ultra Varmint 2" scope hanging around and lucked out and got the ultra rare "W" Unertl rear sight dove tail base and the correct rear bridge extended Unertl bases on E bay . I also hunted down a proper vintage Lyman 48 National Match rear sight (which clears the mounted Unertl!) and a Lyman Banded ramp front with a #17 globe . This is a kinda sorta small caliber Whitefeather setup BTW. :D
I full length fiberglass pressure beded the action into the stock and cleaned up the trigger to just under 3 pounds and crisp!
Using a case full of H4831 powder with a touching 75 grain Barnes Banded Solid Boattail it should get close to 3600 fps from that 24" barrel with a 384 BC that would give me about 1550 fps at 1000 yards! So far I have only shot 60 Federal factory 80 grainers which grouped 2.5" at 200 yards, I hope I can better that with a handload.
I hunt Blacktail with a 1957 Winchester Featherweight .243 which is in the lowest pic !

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July 31, 2012, 06:07 PM
.264 Mag Model 70 1960 vintage, I sanded the already sanded stock down to flatten it and glass bedded it and tuned the trigger. The Leupold 2.5-10x50mm Vari x 3 scope is held in Warne Maxima QR rings and bases. The 26" barrel gets 140 grain bullets to 3200 fps with H870 powder in a compressed but low pressure load that does 1.5" groups at 200 yards.My antelope rifle.

July 31, 2012, 06:11 PM
My first high power rifle I got in 1963; a 1953 Winchester Model 70 .270 with a 4x Unertl with Lee dots in Bhueler mounts. It is somewhat worn but still a great rifle! :)

July 31, 2012, 06:15 PM
A 1955 Featherweight 30-06 that shoot great with a Burris 1.5-6x Safari scope in the Warne Maxi quick release mounts. I love this gun! it shoots right at MOA with the right load, but I shot alot of surplus Lake City out of it before accuracy droped slightly and I put the lower powered scope on it for closer range use. I like 220 grain Sierra Pro Hunters out of it at 2400 fps, ouchie mama!:evil:

July 31, 2012, 08:01 PM
beautiful piece of wood on that pre-64. best bolt action out there, no matter what the shape.

with that unertl and lyman, you should be good to go on anything from gophers to white tail.

did you float the barrel when you bedded the aciton?

again, nice catch.


July 31, 2012, 09:10 PM
Gordon, great looking rifles. I live near Tulsa, Oklahoma which has the largest gun shows in the country. When I walk through the isles the only rifles that turn my head are the pre 64 Model 70's. murf asked if you free floated the barrel. I've found the rifles shoot good with the factory barrel bedding and I've never had to free float a barrel to get it to shoot moa. Nothing old school about those rifles. They're better than you can buy today. Thanks for the pictures. BW

July 31, 2012, 09:15 PM

i was curious if gordon had done anything "extra" in his quest for accuracy. just one thing that might get it to shoot better (might not).


July 31, 2012, 09:27 PM
Years ago I had a mint 270 featherweight with 22" barrel and a 4X Lyman Alaskan scope. I bought it used in 1960 and like a fool, sold it in 1964, thinking I could always buy another....WRONG!! I am envious...

July 31, 2012, 09:30 PM
The fu

The full length pressure bed has complete contact
To a couple inched before the end of fore arm.labor intensive and rock solid

July 31, 2012, 09:30 PM
they are out there, but not inexpensive.

still the best bolt gun ever made, imop.


July 31, 2012, 09:33 PM
no worries in that department. tight is right!


August 2, 2012, 10:30 AM
Gordon, there's something about one of those gold colored Model 70 stocks that really give them class. The wood in the prettiest ones is usually slab sawed rather than quarter sawed so you're looking flat on the grain from the side. I have a 1953 rifle that has that high quality wood and I keep looking for them. Buying a rifle like that for $499 was a steal. BW

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