Re: Pre-64 Winchester build?
My 1956 Featherweight serial number is in the 34X,XXX range, and is located on the forward right side of the receiver. Unless there is something really wrong with it it sounds very reasonable. I've had more than one updated (customized) with quality barrels, and stocks, assembled by good smiths that perform very well. I have one from 1946 that is at the smith for a new Mcmillan stock. I have no idea at age 67 how many rounds are through it, but it's been through shooting out a 300H&H barrel. Significant 358 AI magnum loads and now has many rounds into a 338 RUM barrel. Short of being overheated in a fire they stand the test of time fairly well in my opinion. If it shoots as is great, but yes the core action can be a good place to start a build.