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Unread 01-27-2007, 03:22 PM
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Model 70 action

I was just wondering if the model 70 action would be worth the money to build on. I recently purchased a 270wsm that i found on sale for 350 in winchester ultimate shadow. I bought it on impulse and really like the round but i already have a .270 win that will shoot circles around it. I hate the stock that is onit so that would be the first to go. I was thinking a mcmillan and a new barrel first. and also work on the action. i was just wondering everyones thoughts on this action and what my options would be. Also what smiths would be good to have to the work. Thanks alot this site has been a huge help as i start my long range hobby.
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Unread 01-27-2007, 06:07 PM
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Re: Model 70 action

Since you already have the action then its a good investment to build on , their are a good bit of aftermarket parts out their for the M-70 and the action desgine is very solid , actualy being stiffer than the
R-700. Once its blueprinted their is no reason that it shoulden't be any less accurate than a R-700 that was trued back.
Alot of guys don't like working on them becasue they take a little more work than the R-700 to setup buttheirs realy not that big of a deal , you may have to pay a we bit more for the barrel fitting due to the extractor cut having to be machined.
The best thing to do is talk to a few smiths and find one that willing to do the work , if you get sombody that sounds like they realy arn't to excited about it don't persue it any further. I have reciently gotten a barreld action back from Nathen Dagley (308 nate) and I can't say enough about the great job he did and the constsant corrispondance he kept with the build letting me know what was happening and the process of the build. Alot of guys here have had work done by Shawn Carlock and Kirby Allen and I have yet to hear any bad things about their work.

Heres a link to Nate's site
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Unread 01-27-2007, 06:09 PM
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Re: Model 70 action

I had a wonderful shooting rifle built on that same action by George Gardner of GA Precision in Kansas City. George can work over that M-70 and build a great rifle on it. Matter of fact the M-70 is a great basis for a long range rifle. You might discuss a build with him, he has done lots of M-70's in WSM. You got a nice action for 350 bucks.

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Unread 01-27-2007, 06:58 PM
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Re: Model 70 action

I will reafirm what JDJones said about that being a good and sturdy receiver to build on. They true up really nice. I have worked with the controlled round feed model 70's and cutting the extractor groove in the barrel is a breeze with the right tooling.
The push feed model 70's do not need the extractor groove in the barrel.
PLease feel free to give me a call if you want to talk.

Thanks for the kind words and you were a pleasure to work for!
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Unread 01-27-2007, 08:52 PM
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Re: Model 70 action

Not trying to step on any toes but I prefer the functionality of the Mod 70 over a 700 any day of the week. The safety rocks, and I'm not a fan of the push feed. There is no reason why they can't be made equally as accurate.
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Unread 01-27-2007, 10:21 PM
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Re: Model 70 action

+1 use the mod. 70.. My FN SPR in 300wsm is a WIN. MOD. 70 action that has been trued and put in a mcmillan a-5 and it shoots really good .3 -.4 if I do my part.. I also like the Mod. 70 action over the rem. 700 and I have a couple of 700's and a gap 7000, The mod. 70 just feels more stout kinda hard to explain..
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Unread 01-29-2007, 06:46 PM
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Re: Model 70 action


You sure this is an Ultimate Shadow, or a Super Shadow? The Ultimate Shadow is the Classic action (CRF), and has the floorplate assembly. The Super Shadow has the CRPF action and a blind magazine. The price you got it for makes me wonder. An Ultimate Shadow would never sell that cheap in my hometown! There is often a lot of confusion over nomenclature between these models. Just thinking out loud. Good luck!
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