.222Hornet? Redux

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  1. Offfhand

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    A few days ago I opened a thread showing photos of a Pre-64 M-70 Winchester that had been converted from .22 Hornet to .222 Rem., mentioning that over the years I've owned three such conversions. One, as shown in thread, a second, which was equally nice, went to a friend. The third one however was beyond hope due to a badly pitted bore and could only be redeemed by fitting a new barrel. So why not rebarrel it to .223 Rem, which would also fit and function in the action conversion done for the .222? So, along with a new barrel fitted by Douglas, why not do a full court press complete custom job: with French walnut sculpting and checking by classic stock stylist Montie Fleenor, bottom metal by Blackburn, plus metal refinements and rust blue by Wiebe. Here's how it ended up: a M-70 in a caliber that was never listed by Wihchester before 1964. 70-223-1.JPG 70-223-2.JPG 70-223-3.JPG 70-223-4.JPG 70-223-5.JPG
     
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    OOOOooooooooo!
     
  3. Bushpilot

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    Beautiful rifle.... I'm jealous:D
     
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    That's a beautiful rifle, a true classic design. One might argue due to the cheekpiece but to each his own. Few younger shooters will appreciate it I'm afraid.
     
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    Incredible, and beautiful. You gotta be super proud.
     
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    Very nice!
     
  7. Offfhand

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    I'm afraid Mr. Doubleh may be right about younger shooters. So many of today's young shooters see only, and are entranced by, guns that look like tinker toys that they seldom see really fine firearms craftsmanship. Speaking of which, attached are a few more views of the Pre-64 Model 70 .22 Hornet that became a .223 Rem in later life: showing the detailing and exquisite checkering not often seen these days. DSC_0191.JPG DSC_0192.JPG DSC_0198.JPG DSC_0204.JPG DSC_0211.JPG
     
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    Thanks for posting....... I love looking at fine firearms craftsmanship and that certainly qualifies. So now I'll admit that I'm not one of "today's young shooters", LOL. But that sort of elegance should appeal to all ages. It's a real beauty and just goes to show that old Mod 70's never die:... They just get re-barreled.........
     
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    WOW!....just WOW. What a beauty..
     
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