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Winchester model 70 short action question
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Can anyone say as to what the longest overall length is that will cycle comfortably in a m70 short action that has had the mag box shim removed?
I am looking for possible candidate for a future project.
Thanks for any information
 
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I found one chambered in .243 for a good price that has a very beat up stock, but good metal.
 
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Box is 3.080. I have one in 350 Rem Mag. Which I should sell.
 
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I built one in 6.5-284 & am loading to 3.050" with a little room to spare.
 
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Thanks guys.
I was hoping for 3". Sounds like it will work for 2.95 cartridges, or less.
 
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Wait!
The box I actually measured is eighty thousandths longer than three inches. .080 is a lot.
7mm already said the was using ammo .050 longer than three inches.
So why are you saying it will only work for 2.95 length and not the three inches you want?
 
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D’Arcy Echolls once mentioned in a post that one can use the short action Model 70 classic for 3” plus a little length rounds. I believe he mills the rear bridge back a little and repositions the scope ring holes to his liking. A 3” intermediate 257 Roberts would be cool.


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Sorry for the late response. I've been extra busy.
I mis posted earlier.
Meant to say it will be good for 2.95 up to 3.
I need a minimum of 2.9 clearance , as best I can tell. But want to have at least 3" to be good for seating long for cartridge.
I am doing a 6.5 PRC build this upcoming year.
Thank you guys for the info.
I got the donor rifle chambered in .243 for $200.
 
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If in the PRC, just buy a WSM mag box and follower. They measure 3.050" internal length and have no feed lips bent into them, just a straight walled box. Don't forget to get a proper ejector for it also, or you can re-work the old one.


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I will have the bolt face opened up and probably use the original extractor.
Hopefully I can modify or use as is the existing mag box. It looks pretty straight forward.
But, it will be a few months before I will have the time to get started.
 
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Wasn't the short action done for the WSSM cartridges? I was thinking that the standard action was made for everything else?


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I have barreled short action Model 70's for the 6.5x55 and the 7x57. I removed the spacer at the rear and replaced the follower with a slightly modified one from a Turkish Mauser.
The actions for the WSSM's were shorter yet. Regards, Bill
 
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