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Old March 4th, 2017, 07:47 PM   #1
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Winchester 70A Police rifle

Anyone have or had one of these rifles? They used a non checkered stock, black vented recoil pad, standard weight 22 inch barrel, blind magazine. Apparently chambered only in .308 and 30-06. Post 64 action made in the mid-late 70's I believe. Curious if any members own one. Post pics if you got one.

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Old March 5th, 2017, 03:36 AM   #2
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I've got one of the offspring, a 70 XTR Sporter, in .30-06, that did have a floorplate, and Tupperware black stock which disappeared quickly for a H-S Precision that wasn't so "flexible"!

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It was essentially a cheaper version of what they called a model 70 Ranger.
All the local agencies used Remington 700's.

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I think the Ranger came later and is more or less similar, but the Police was not a cheaper model of anything, it was a stand alone variant and is rare. Perhaps it was a gimmick to clean up some extra stock and just marketing. Have no idea if any were ever actually used in any kind of service but I have seen and handled one (30-06)and it was definitely different and the owner said it shot lights out.

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Interesting, the ones I have seen certainly didn't look like anything special.

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How many have you seen? I have seen just one. They are a very plain rifle but distinctive and the box is marked 70A Police.

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I have seen 2 or 3 over the years. My buddy is a retired police armorer and he would get samples in for testing every so often.
As a side note, his department switched over to Chandler M40A1 sniper rifles after he saw the 10 shot group I shot with the M40A1 the RTE shop built for me. I let him take that rifle in so that they could look it over and fire a couple of test groups with it. They use Federal gold medal match 168gr ammo for their rifles. Needless to say, I got lots of once fired brass for free as a thank you.

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I think the Ranger came later and is more or less similar, but the Police was not a cheaper model of anything, it was a stand alone variant and is rare. Perhaps it was a gimmick to clean up some extra stock and just marketing. Have no idea if any were ever actually used in any kind of service but I have seen and handled one (30-06)and it was definitely different and the owner said it shot lights out.
I have one I had for years. It came from a PD in NJ years ago. They were a special model marketed for police work. They were only offered for several years in the early 1970s. They are parkerized, have 22" med. weight barrels that are hammer forged. Stocks are straight grained and have a military oil finish with rubber butt plate. They also came with their own instruction manual. Mine shoots better than I can. Its in 30-06.

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I have one I had for years. It came from a PD in NJ years ago. They were a special model marketed for police work. They were only offered for several years in the early 1970s. They are parkerized, have 22" med. weight barrels that are hammer forged. Stocks are straight grained and have a military oil finish with rubber butt plate. They also came with their own instruction manual. Mine shoots better than I can. Its in 30-06.
That would be the one! Thanks!

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