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I recently picked up a model 70 ranger in 6.5x55 anyone ever seen one? I can't find anything about it. and I've never seen one.
 

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That is really a surprising cartridge to see in the Ranger model. I have a 270 Winchester in a M70 Ranger, but didn't think they ever chambered that gun for the Swede...could it be an after-market job?
 

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It's my favorite rifle/cartridge combination on the planet !!!!! If you ever decide to part ways with it, please let me know !!! HD1
 

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I had a Ranger 30-06 for a couple months. Returned it only because some yahoo previous owner drilled the front sight screw hole complete through into the bore! I didn't notice it in the pawn shop. SHop owner returned my money 100%, though.
 

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At different times, US gun makes make small limited runs for sale in Europe. Some of those guns stay stateside, but are really meant to be shipped overseas. Years ago I bought a 6.5x55 Ruger MKII. I got a letter from Ruger stating that those guns where made for the european market. So I would say you have a european gun that for whatever reason never made the trip. That would make it more valuable than the average Ranger, but nothing to write home about. It shoul;d be a good gun for just about anything you need to do.
 

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I know Winchester chambered the Featherweight in many of the 'oldies but goodies'. There was the 7X57, 257 Roberts, and the Swede as well. Perhaps a Featherweight barreled action ended up in a Ranger stock, but maybe Winchester offered a small run of 'Swedish Rangers'. If so, it would be something to hang onto.
"Swedish Rangers"...I've got a mental image of guys with dark face-paint getting ready to do a HALO jump, while eating fine chocolate and checking the time on exquisitely made wristwatches. :)
 

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thanks for the input guys a run for europe is what I was thinking. It's not my pre 64 270 or 30 06 but it's a shooter.
 

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I have a friend that has a Ruger 1 in the 6.5 Sweed. He is an excellent shot with anything and is a handloader. He is really making the rest of us envious. The round and rifle are performing well on our small whitetail.
 

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It is a horrible rifle and cartridge. I mean the absolute worst. You better let me take it off of your hands for you.
 

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And if He does not want it.....

It is a horrible rifle and cartridge. I mean the absolute worst. You better let me take it off of your hands for you.

And I will be 2nd in line if Bear does not want that "Horrible Rifle"... :)
Ed

Truth be told, I LOVE the 6.5x55mm and have Never found a Rifle in this caliber that I did not Love!!
 

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I looked in back issues of The Gun Digest and the Winchester Model 70 "Ranger" wasn't listed or chambered in 6.5 X 55 m/m. The Ranger was chambered for the: .223, .243, .270, & .30-06. Your rifle might have been fitted with a Winchester Featherweight barrel in 6.5X55 m/m.
 

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Good point...Swedish Rangers would be in swimsuits, eating delicious meatballs?
 

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It depends

Back in the 1990s, I bought a new Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in 6.5X55mm and another one in 6mm Remington. All the best...
Gil
 

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6.5 x 55

I just seen one at a gun show. Been looking for a rifle in this caliber for some time but this had me puzzled. The barrel had 6.5 x55 and basic markings including the "Ranger" on it. The kicker was when I first seen it I thought it was a XTR Featherweight till I seen "Ranger" on it and didn't have any markings designating it as a featherweight or an XTR. Wood is really nice, has the magazine plate like a regular model 70 would. Not wanting to hijack a thread but am really curious and wondering if I should kick myself for not buying it. I was just really cautious thinking it might be something someone had cobbled together or a really nice piece.
 

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You should probably kick yourself.....

I look at it like this, who cares if it was maybe cobbled together with parts from a few different variations of the M70? If its not a pre-64 it had no collectors value to begin with. So if it looked good and was at a price you were willing to pay, whats the difference?
 
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