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USMC Model 70 Sniper Build

Lawdog734

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It's been a while since I've been around here, but I thought I'd post some pics of my most recent build. It started as a Pre-64 (1950mfg) Model 70 that started out as a .270win that I converted over to .30-06, with the primary intent of building it up as a USMC Sniper rig as would have been seen in RVN in the 1965/1966 timeframe. The barrel is the correct profile Douglas the Marines used as replacement barrels and it's been pillar bedded in a manner that you can't really tell it's been bedded (actual rifles would go without bedding or a limited skim bed). I really have to give some major kudos to a friend of mine that did most all of the work, not only did he hog the stock out for the heavy barrel, but he milled the correct Winchester clip-slot into the receiver and drilled/tapped the barrel for the scope/sight blocks. The scope is the correct 1.25" Unertl with the recoil spring removed.

I haven't shot it yet, but I can't wait. I'm sure that steel buttplate will give a nice wallop, so I'll have to imagine that I'm hunting an NVA General or the Apache woman when I'm getting things zeroed.

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It's been a while since I've been around here, but I thought I'd post some pics of my most recent build. It started as a Pre-64 (1950mfg) Model 70 that started out as a .270win that I converted over to .30-06, with the primary intent of building it up as a USMC Sniper rig as would have been seen in RVN in the 1965/1966 timeframe. I really have to give some major kudos to a friend of mine that did most all of the work, not only did he hog the stock out for the heavy barrel, but he milled the correct Winchester clip-slot into the receiver and drilled/tapped the barrel for the scope/sight blocks. The scope is the correct 1.25" Unertl with the recoil spring removed.

I haven't shot it yet, but I can't wait. I'm sure that steel buttplate will give a nice wallop, so I'll have to imagine that I'm hunting an NVA General or the Apache woman when I'm getting things zeroed.

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52842890677_19e41cea5a_b.jpg


52843915828_9e24cb4f70_b.jpg


52843916103_ae52102e74_b.jpg


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That’s a stunning weapon, Nice job man……


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wow that scope is awesome, how much do those go for?

Old Unertl's have shot up in value in recent years, but you can still occasionally find a good deal. The 1.25" scopes usually fetch more because it's the correct model for the USMC 1903A1 Sniper and the Model 70. The 8x models are especially pricy because people want them for the aforementioned rifles, but also because the 8x magnification is the only one allowable for CMP Vintage Sniper matches. I won't lie in that this one is technically not correct since it's 10x - which doesn't bother me for the type of rifle it is.

I picked this one up for $500 (got lucky on GB), but I've seen them for as much as $1200.00. While this scope and model is correct, the actual scopes marked USMC-Sniper go for considerably more - usually $4000-6000 bucks depending on the condition and included accessories.
 
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