You might be confused. Westerner is very likely the model name of the rifle and the caliber is very likely 223 Remington. Check the printing on the barrel very closely and I strongly suggest you take this to a gunsmith or a quality gun shop for verification.I saw the sticky,figured this would be the best place for my Model 70 questions.
I got a Model 70 Westerner .223. It has a serial# of G1625XXX. From what I have read in this thread, it was built after 1981 when USRA took over.
My questions are, I can't find info on a .223 westerner. Does anyone have more info on the westerner? Should the gun have the USRA markings? Close idea on the production date?
Thank you for your help in adavnce.
I know this is an older post but Thank You! That is an amazing amount of in formation and helps me a lot. I am trying to decide if I want to sell my old Model 70 or keep it a bit longer. I don't imagine '64 model guns carry any extra value simply because they are first year models?Here's a list of Serial numbers and production dates to go along with the introduction time line.
Winchester Post 64 Model 70 Information
POST 64 GUNS:
Gun production methods had changed to the point that Olin had to look at just how they made this model as compared to how Remington was making the model 700's. Winchester was making guns the "OLD WAY" using many machines & multiple operations to complete each part.
Serial Numbers for date manufactured for post-64 guns
Year S/N start S/N end Quantity
1964 700,000 757,180 57,181
1965 757,181 818,500 61,320
1966 818,501 855,860 37,360
Guns made after 1981 would have been made by USRA & not shown on this chart
Apples and oranges. The post 64 push feed M70s are not "bad" rifles, but they are not what shooters had grown to like about the pre 64 version. If you like the rifle, then that's all that matters. I have all four versions, pre & post 64s along with the new "Winchester" CRF rifles and the 2008 til now FNH remakes of the traditional CRF M70. Personally, I like them all, but some more then othersGood morning, I just acquired a Model 70, serial number 741xxx which puts this rifle in the just past Pre 64 timeframe. I have questioned Winchester about the differences between this particular rifle and a Pre 64. Anyone have comments on how close to a Pre this might be?