YepDon’t be too hard on the M70. Winchester had to contend with the popularity of the Remington 721 – 700 after WWII. With the return of our WWII forces , labor costs/salaries increased. Winchester started cutting costs to keep up. Obviously one of the areas was in finish of non-visible areas. Doesn’t mean the steel had any less quality or the machining was sub-standard.
Given that a couple of rounds were fired in that rifle other than it’s chambering, you are probably right in opening it up to 35 Whelan.
I’ve got a number of sentimental family firearms to pass on to my son.
I doubt either cartridge did any damage to the barrel. The 06 is fine but not one I have any interest in!I also know for a fact this rifle has shot both a 308 and 270 out of it. I saw the 308 straight walled brass after the fact and I was there when he shot the 270. Not sure how either fired, especially the 308 but it did? So not sure what’s going on in the barrel either.lol. It looks fine looking down it but I’m sure if it was scoped there’d be something interesting..like bouncing a 277 cal bullet down it.
Rifles were tools of the time for most families. Look how many barns have a rifle covered in dust on a beam or leaning in a corner. They served a purpose like a shovel or sh-t fork.Ok I apologize up front for highjacking. I have one of those push-feed Win Model 70s in .30-06 as well. Likewise, it was left to me by my father. I saw that rifle used and terribly abused from 1977 til about 1995 when I finally got ahold of it. I remember one time as a kid, it being put in a rifle case wet and tossed behind the truck seat one evening after Dad and I got stuck in a downpour. The gun was forgotten until the following weekend, and it's no surprise, it was rusty and pitted and the stock finish was ruined. For all intents and purposes it was ruined. I was able to salvage the rifle after some steel wool and sandpaper and elbow grease. Luckily it still shot factory ammo good enough for our kind of deer hunting. Around 2002, I had it reblued, and I rattle canned that miserable looking stock. About 7 years ago, I got the trigger cleaned up and worked up a few handloads just for giggles. I was shocked at how well that rifle shoots. I now have a few hand loads ranging from 110 gr varmint bullets to 180 gr SPHs that regularly shoot 3-shot groups 3/4” or better. It absolutely loves those 180 gr Pro-Hunters. Just reminiscing.