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Hi new to the message forum here,i recently got a rifle left to me and was researching it to find what its worth,i looked up the gun serial number and its a 1966 winchester model 70-300 chambered in 300 win mag it has a redfield scope on it 3x9x with weaver rings guns in beautiful shape bluing on its real nice and the wood in great shape.
 

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After late 1963-64 when WRA revamped the famous M70 (1937 to 1963), the value of this newer design was never seen by the collectors as being anywhere near that of the pre-1964 rifles. The older Model 70, and its predecessor, the Model 54, like the Springfield 1903's, were all based on the famous 1898 Mauser controlled fee long extractor design-- still today the basic action designed used by many custom and high end rifle makers, due to its ultimate reliability in feeding from the magazine without jams or 'double feeding"- The post 1964 M70 as you have is a "push feed" design, as is the great Remington 700 BA-- but WRA went to impressed stamped checkering, more aluminum and plastic that before (although the M70 Featherweight version that came out in 1954 did have an aluminum floorplate/trigger guard and buttplate)- Long story short- If the Redfield scope was made in Denver, the scope is worth way more than that rifle--Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that's the market scene-not likely too change either. WRA really "shot themselves" in the foot big-time with the post 1963 rifles and shotguns they tried to sell--
 

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Despite the shortcomings pointed out by Mr. Curtis, this gun does have value and is not junk. I don't have a reference book in front of me, but I suspect this model in very good condition is at least in the $350-$450 range--without the scope.

For the most part, push feed actions work just fine and Winchester has come along way toward rectifying the poor reputation of their early post-64 rifles. I have a c 1981 Model 70 Featherweight in .30-06 and except for the fact that it kicks like a mad mule, I like it just fine.
 

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the serial number is just under the scope on this gun right? i just wanna make sure im reading the right number cause i was under the impression this gun was alot older then 66?

does the scope say if it was made in denver on it or do u have to go off aa number on it?


im not selling the gun im just curious about the value.
 

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the serial number is just under the scope on this gun right? i just wanna make sure im reading the right number cause i was under the impression this gun was alot older then 66?

does the scope say if it was made in denver on it or do u have to go off aa number on it?


im not selling the gun im just curious about the value.
Steve,

Your were the one who told us it is a 1966 vintage rifle. Are you questioning yourself now?

The serial number is marked on the right-hand side of the front receiver bridge. If it is 700,000 or higher, it is a post-1963 rifle.

Based on the one picture you posted, it is a post-1963 vintage rifle.

Bert H.
 
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