Help! What year was my Win Model 70 Manufactured??

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by notaraven, May 11, 2012.

  1. notaraven

    notaraven New Member

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    Hey guys - I hope you don't mind a question from a newbie...

    I have an unfired Winchester Model 70 XTR Featherweight 30-06 SPRG with serial number G1732404. I'd like to trade it up for something chambered in .223... probably a model 700. Either way, I need help identifying the year of manufacture of my Model 70! Any information you would be willing to provide me would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much!


    AC
  2. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

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    My book shows 1976
  3. notaraven

    notaraven New Member

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    Hey Ron! Thanks for the information. That's much earlier than I expected it to be. May I ask what book you are referencing? Also, do you have any idea what it might be worth or where I might have best luck selling it?

    Thank you!

    Aaron
  4. Bert H.

    Bert H. Member

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    Hello Aaron,

    I disagree with RJay.

    For starters, your Model 70 is not actually a "Winchester". Instead, it is a U.S. Repeating Arms Co. manufactured Model 70 using the Trade Marked "Winchester" name. Secondly, it was manufactured in the mid 1980s. The U.S.R.A.Co. began production of the Model 70 at approximately serial number 1,535,324 late July or early August of 1981.

    Bert H.
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
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