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Prewar M70 Finish

Prewar M70 Finish

By Numrich Gun Parts Corporation, Posted in Ask The Gunsmith, Rifle
December 16, 2019

Do you know what type of finish was used on pre-WWII Winchester Model 70s? I was told that Winchester used a hand-rubbed oil finish, but I don’t see how that would have been practical in a production manufacturing setting.

 

According to the information that I have, Winchester used a type of lacquer finish that contained carnauba wax. Evidently this gave the appearance of a more traditional oil finish, yet allowed for the quick finishing required in manufacturing large numbers of firearms.


NOTE: The following content first appeared in Shotgun News in 2010. It is from a featured section titled Ask the Gunsmith, where readers were able to submit their questions to master gunsmith Reid Coffield.