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Re: Varment rifle

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Back in the late 60s , a guy at work was wanting to sell a Winchester Model 70 243 varmint rifle with a heavy barrel & Redfield 12 power scope .I went to look & fell in love . I"m thinking it may be a pre 64 model or close to it . It still looks as good as new . That bad boy will drive tacks at 100yds . Well I should say it used to when I was young & strong enough to hold it steady . With this baby , I killed a lot of woodchucks throwing out 65 grain hollow points thru the yrs I do know that . My X didn"t like its weight so I wassafe there anyhow .I took my Grandson ought chucking when he was younger & wanted to be with me instead of the girls .That kid could shoot & off hand too . Well he of course wants me to will it to him which I initially planned on . But since then he"s really changed for the worse , so I may just sell it someday instead . I had a guy offer me $900.00 sight unseen for it . Not sure if I made a mistake or not , now . I saw one similar but in a 30-06 caliber at a local gun shop ,except it was in well used condition & showed it . That dealer was asking well over $1,000.00 . I"m just letting it sit in the closet just incase worldly conditions cause a use for it (hopefully not tho) . My buddy whom I hunted woodchucks with back in the 70s had a custom built 17-222 heavy barreled rifle built . That was his choice of chuckin rifles . On a windy day , it was not a head shot caliber at all . But on a normal day , he never missed a head shot at 100 to 150 yds . So that"s my input on woodchuckin rifles . God bless , Ken

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 Re: Varment rifle in reply to Ken-Pa, 02-09-2013 10:03:16  
It's very easy to distinguish a pre-'64 Model 70 from a later model. The early M70s had an external claw extractor like a Mauser 98. '64 and later eliminated the claw extractor and instead use a small extractor internal to the bolt face. The claw extractor didn't return until a couple of years ago after FN bought the Winchester brand.

If indeed you have a pre-64 in reasonable condition, it's worth a tremendous amount of money. If it's post '63, then it's not worth much, which is not to say it isn't a perfectly good gun.

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