Wood and finish look original and I left it that way - just cleaned the wood and checkering. Sling swivels are interesting - ones I've never seen before. And it has a small compass inletted into buttstock. Compass still works, and appears reasonable accurate despite the proximity of all the steel on the rifle.
The barrel had been shortened to "carbine" length and a post'64 front sight added - looks nice and professionally done. The metal condition was rough in places with rust/pitting and blue missing on parts of barrel, buttplate and other areas of metal. I cleaned it up/polished and blended into the existing blue with the rustblue process.
I left the vintage Bushnell scope on it - still works (with the pop-up post reticle and hinged scope mounts) with accuracy pretty good for a rifle of that vintage.
Overall a neat old rifle.
For info, I've added a couple of photos of the rust blue, but kind of hard to get good photos. Barrel forward of rear sight was completely refinished down to the white and rust blued. To the rear of the sight is original blue.
I like the way you left her alone,, just a good cleaning and oiling.
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All part of the enjoyable and interesting work on used guns.
It is a handy rifle to carry - I haven't weighed it, but it seems reasonably light for a walnut stocked rifle. And yes, it does kick a bit on firing - just like any other 30-06 carbine I've ever fired.
PS: I will be putting my 71 up for sale=so keep an eye out for it!
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Nice find! And I'm glad it's in good enough shape just cleaning things up makes the job 90% done, too.
That little compass looks like it's related to my '50s vintage Marble's pin on compass, the kind I understand was issued to a lot of pilots, esp. in WWII-Korea years. Like yours, mine isn't all that badly affected by being close to iron/steel, though yours might be a smaller diameter than mine. The one I have is 1 1/8" +/- diameter for comparison.
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Since we're reviving the thread to accommodate newer questions, here's one on the caliber: how long ago did Winchester use that ".30GOVT'06" nomenclature?
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