I have a Winchester Ranger in .30-06 which I purchased around 1985. It has a very plain jane stock and I would like to replace it as part of an overall customizing project. My question is, does the Ranger line take standard Model 70 stocks?
Yes, but Winchester Model 70 stocks are available for different action lengths - i.e., they have different spacing for the holes for the rear tang screw and the forward guard screw.
IOW, you need to be sure to get a stock that will fit your .30-06.
I only realized the issue, when I was once uopn a time replacing a Sporter stock on a post-64 .338 M-70 with a late Featherweight stock.
The first stock I bought was too short between the screws, but the next stock was the correct spacing - leaving me with only a little barrel channel inletting in the chamber area due to the .338's larger diameter there.
You shouldn't have the inletting issues I had, provided you obtain the correct length stock.
I've got a Winchester 70 Ranger too and have contemplated working on it. The Ranger and Model 670 stocks are the same. If you hunt around, you can find some.
Once I raise the funds I'd like to make a high end classic hunting stock for my M70. I don't think the blind magazine detracts from the quality of the rifle and it could be significantly improved in aesthetics and fit with a custom stock. Fancy wood, an ebony tip, a skeletonized grip cap, a shadow line cheekpeice, and inletted swivel studs wouldn't hurt either. I figure if I'm going to spend the money on a nice stick of wood, I might as well dress it accordingly.
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