Originally Posted by BillR
They are worth far more in one piece than tore down for the actions. Even if the barrels are getting a bit rough or long in the tooth. If you need actions and cannot afford to buy something else than sell them and let them go to a collector and take the money and buy the parts and have a new rifle built. You should be able to get a long way down the road towards a custom build by selling them and taking the money and putting it on a new build. IF they are in fact target models and haven't been messed with their worth even more than a standard Pre-64 Mod 70.
All that said I will say this. Even though the Mod 70's are prized for their quality they are still old technology. Many of the new actions out there are by far better quality. Build yourself a new gun and let the collectors smile over a new acquisition. You both will be happy.
I agree with everything you said except for the Pre-64 action being old technology. If you want that style of action, the Pre-64 is the standard by which all others are judged. Comparing that action design to the current knock offs including the current
Winchester Model 70 action, the current actions take shortcuts. Take a close look at the way the bolt handles are mated to the bolt body as well as the smoothness, and feeding, of the current designs. I have not been impressed by the Kimber, Montana, etc. IMHO.