A Nice Custom Pre-War Model 70


Since we are on the Model 70 lately. The one above is a pre war Model 70. The walnut stock is the factory wood stock in a design Winchester called “The marksman stock”. This is the same profile as used on the model 52 B and later models. This stock was used right up until the US repeating arms company went Tango Uniform in the mid 00s. By then the stock was made by H-S Precision and was synthetic with bedding block. The optic is a 8X Unertl varmint model and the barrel has been swapped out for a custom stainless barrel. The gun is chambered in a wildcat round I can’t quite place at the moment.

The safety is one big way to tell the gun is pre war. The rectangle on the top of the rear of the receiver is actually mounted to the left side and is a mounting base for match iron sights like the Redfield International or Olympic. A serious set up for a very serious rifleman of the day.


    • yea. the scope moves freely in its “rings” or “mounts” the spring allows it to move, then returns it to its all the war forward position. You don’t have to use the recoil spring but if you don’t you have to pull the scope back into position after each shot because it will move forward under recoil.

      • So the basic idea was to reduce the recoil impulse on the scope by letting it float front-to-back. Interesting. When did solid mounts become the standard?

        • that I dont have any idea when internal adjustment scopes became standard or more accepted I guess when optics for hunting for the most common, Obviously people didnt want to hunt deer with a 2 foot Unertl or Lyman on their guns

  1. When I first started shooting high power rifle with an M1A back in the long ago, all the old guys who were “serious riflemen” were shooting rigs like that or a 40X rigged up similarly. The Unertl or similar scopes were popular because they were more reliable than the internally adjustable scopes available at that time (not to mention pre-war) and you could swap for irons easily; also there was no scope mount on the rear receiver bridge to interfere with clip loading (that’s probably a clip-slotted action) for rapid fire stages. You couldn’t use something like that for “service rifle” competition to earn points toward your Distinguished Rifleman Badge, but over on the NRA side, which was still real big in those days, “match rifles” like that were King, you could scope ’em for long range and run the irons in across-the-course matches.

    The small bore guys would have been using 20X on their 52’s, more or less. 20x was real popular for that.

    I’ve enjoyed the Model 70 series. Hoping there’s more.


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