Model 70 .223 build

p_ham

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This nice Model 70 was sent in for a rebuild.
It's getting a Brux 1:8 barrel, refinished stock,
Pillar bedded, and some minor trigger work.

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This is typical for this vintage of Winchester "bedding" I think it was some type of hot melt. Unfortunately they never bothered to center the barrels in the channels.
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The teardown

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Cleaning up the receiver: the face and lugs weren't too bad, the threads were off center and crooked.

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Bolt work:

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The receiver had all kinds of off kilter contact points in the stock. I opened up the inletting enough to allow a good bedding job. The shiny spots you see are contact points. You could actually rock the action in the stock.

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I opened the barrel channel a very small amount to fit the new barrel nicely.

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Just curious, is the .223 a shorter action on a M70? It looks like it’s scaled down. I know next to nothing about M70’s but i always figured it was one action length for all cartridges. Puzzling when you think about the fact that it was chambered in everything from the .22 Hornet to the big African magnums.
 
Just curious, is the .223 a shorter action on a M70? It looks like it’s scaled down. I know next to nothing about M70’s but i always figured it was one action length for all cartridges. Puzzling when you think about the fact that it was chambered in everything from the .22 Hornet to the big African magnums.
It's a regular short action. It has a shortened follower, a longer bolt stop, and a block in the magazine.

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