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Default My new M70 Super Grade in 358

I got my barrelled action back today, after being bored from 308 to 358. I put everything back together and cannot wait to shoot it.
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That is some beautiful wood. Hope it shoots as good as it looks.
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That is some beautiful wood. Hope it shoots as good as it looks.
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+3 on that!! Absolutely beautiful! And a great gun and great cartridge to boot!
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+3 on that!! Absolutely beautiful! And a great gun and great cartridge to boot!
Thank you. I've always loved the M70 as well as the .358. However, buying an original one is a very expensive proposition. I had a couple M70s in .308, so once I decided on which, I just had to get it done, finally. I plan on using loads from 180gr to 225gr in it. The turnaround with JES was very quick and I'm already thinking about a M70 Featherweight (post 64) rebored to 338/06.
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My guess would be that you depreciated the model 70 super grade by about 50%. Had you bought a orgional it would a continued to grow value. But itís your gun to do with as you please.

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My guess would be that you depreciated the model 70 super grade by about 50%. Had you bought a orgional it would a continued to grow value. But itís your gun to do with as you please.
To say that I completely disagree with you, would be an understement, but of course you have no idea what I paid for it either. I actually own(ed) two M70 Super Grades in .308 and there's no way this rifle is worth less than I paid for it originally.

I could not see paying 2500-$3500 for an original pre 64 Super Grade or Featherweight that I would actually use to hunt with. So, I purchased a rifle of equal (better?) quality and had it modified for less than half that lower number above.

To each his own, but I do not agree at all with your assessment.
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Thank you. I've always loved the M70 as well as the .358. However, buying an original one is a very expensive proposition. I had a couple M70s in .308, so once I decided on which, I just had to get it done, finally. I plan on using loads from 180gr to 225gr in it. The turnaround with JES was very quick and I'm already thinking about a M70 Featherweight (post 64) rebored to 338/06.
Did JES do it with his 3 groove rifling? My model 70 with three groove rifling would not only shoot jacketed bullets well but also shot cast bullets to moa.

I don't know how many people work for JES or how big his operation has become but the shooting world on every gun forum knows about JES reboring. The fact that he is still turning out quality rebores in volume tells me that he is a businessman as well. The shooting world is lucky to have a guy like Jesse Ocumpaugh doing what he is doing!
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Did JES do it with his 3 groove rifling? My model 70 with three groove rifling would not only shoot jacketed bullets well but also shot cast bullets to moa.

I don't know how many people work for JES or how big his operation has become but the shooting world on every gun forum knows about JES reboring. The fact that he is still turning out quality rebores in volume tells me that he is a businessman as well. The shooting world is lucky to have a guy like Jesse Ocumpaugh doing what he is doing!
Yes Sir, JES and 3 groove. I read another post on here where someone talked about a M70 EW they had done in .358, 1:12 and how accurate it was. So, that convinced me.
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All I know is Iíve never been able to recover any gunsmithing money I spent on collectible rifles. Most model 70 collectors want everything original and as high condition as they can find. Then they will shell out the cash. Believe me Iíve modified pleanty of hunting rifles to my tastes. And only for my enjoyment. If I ever need to sell I just take my loss and chock it up to the experience.

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