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Winchester Repeating Arms Company's last M70 was serial number 1,525,323 on 20 JUL 1981 (per Roger Rule in his book "The Rifleman's Rifle".  Yours was made by USRAC, but is an early one.  They might could tell you the exact date of mfg.  You could estimate it though, and be plenty close; WRA averaged 45,851 post-64 M70's per year from 1964-1981.  If USRAC held to that average it would put yours as being made somewhere around 1983.  Odessa
 

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Butch,

Odessa's correct, your M-70 was made in 1983. 1982 started at serial number 1,537,134 and there were 49,307 made.
1983 would have begun at 1,586,441.
Technically, rifle 1,525,323 is a USRAC, they took over from Winchester on July 1, 1981.
 

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I tried that website- I too am looking for a date of mfg.... My aerial number is G343*** anyone?
 

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Hi all my first post, I am looking forward to learning alot from this site. Just wish I had more $ to invest...
Anyway I have a Model 70 I bought in Austin, Tx back in 85 or 86, XTR featherweight 30-06. Wondering about the build date & approximate value? TIA, Don in Tucson
 

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Welcome dbaer. The XTR's are nice rifles; not sure about the 'XTR' AND featherweight designation? I have an XTR from the mid-70's in 25-06; good rifle. Anything post-'64 with 'featherweight' label I associate with a schnabel forend, not the black forend tip w/whiteline spacer that the XTR's have, but I could be wrong about that.
 

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Don, does it kick like a mule? :p

A friend has a .270 featherweight that is brutal at the bench. It is also very picky on ammo; perhaps a consequence of the light barrel?

Sounds like a nice rifle for climbing the mountains.....
 

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Shawn it does indeed have the schnable stock, kinda matte finish to the walnut. Did not come with sights put weaver mounts & bases & a Luepold 1.5x5 vari-x 3 on it
I just reviewed the 'Blue Book of Gun Values', in the post-'64 section for Win bolt actions, under 'Model 70 Featherweight (USRA took over in 1981; these models made from 1981-1994), 'This model had an "XTR" suffix until 1989'. The classic CRF was being made starting in 1992.
 

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I just reviewed the 'Blue Book of Gun Values', in the post-'64 section for Win bolt actions, under 'Model 70 Featherweight (USRA took over in 1981; these models made from 1981-1994), 'This model had an "XTR" suffix until 1989'. The classic CRF was being made starting in 1992.
I was talking about this thread with a guy that knows a little about Winchesters. He told me when USRA started making the Classic the serial numbers started with G1. I certainly wouldn't bet on how accurate that information is but it could explain the low G number in question.
 

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I have one of the very first 416 Remington Mag model 70s after the re-introduction of the CRF action.
It was made in 1994, and is not a Classic, but has Super Express on the floorplate in gold. Serial #G64xxx.


Very nice looking rifle there!! Is that a 2-7 Leupold on top?
 
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