That is one beautiful rifle, is that a one piece bottom metal, I like the floorpate release in the trigger bow. I like checkered bolt handles to, wish I had some checkering files but they were pricy last time I looked. Do you think it's better to get a steel floorplate then buying a cheaper alloy one, I can get a alloy for $80 and the steel are like $140 and up. That floorplate may have to be refinished so be easier to blue a steel one then coating the alloy. My trigger guard is in ok shape, there's some surface rust but a good polish and blue will clean it up nice.Having a Pre-64 M-70 action in hand offeres a multitude of tempting possibilities for building your forever dream rifle. I've enjoyed several similar projects and have learned to take my time and look around for workable ideas and suggestions. For example, don't be in a rush to replace original floorplate and trigger guard as there are more desirable choices in aftermarket bottom metals. An example shown in attached pic.
Another pic shows how the M-70's flanged tang can be reshaped into a contour that melds more gracefully into a custom stock. And notice how the bolt stop has been elegantly reshaped and checkered. These are simple but highly effective modifications that add a lot of class to a M-70 project.View attachment 1122918 View attachment 1122919