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Re: trial rifles
Posted by Terry Walsh on Sunday, 31 October 2010, at 2:24 p.m., in response to Re: trial rifles, posted by Jack Lewis on Sunday, 31 October 2010, at 9:25 a.m.
Having been away, I'm trying to catch up on this fascinating discussion, as I want to learn more about the M70s. I haven't had time to absorb all the details in this string yet and may have missed some things which I hope to pick up in re-reading, but what particularly caught my attention were the comments about the thin breech block. I'll add my two cents for what it is worth. I have two M70 rifles (one with and one without the word MODEL on the block) and a carbine. The rifle without the word MODEL was formerly owned by Vance Haynes and is in outstanding condition for a M70. (Vance, who lives in Tucson, claimed it was the best he had seen.) It's stock has the ski slope and three clear razor-thin correct cartouches in the right places. It was cut for the M68 receiver and has a spoon hole. The cleaning rod has a double shoulder. The breech block is the thin version without the word MODEL like the block on my carbine. The blackened finish on the block and adjacent receiver seem to match well, with a little more wear on the block. I suppose it is possible that the block was replaced at some time, but it doesn't look like it to me. I had a Bannerman M70, and this gun isn't one.
Thanks to all for the discussion on this subject.
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