This information is no substitute for obtaining a Winchester Factory Letter from the Cody Firearms Museum (available for certain models and serial ranges) which in addition to the Serial Number Application Date, normally provide the original Received In Warehouse Date and Date Shipped from Winchester factory.For purposes of determining if your gun is legally considered an “antique” (pre-1899 DOM), the BATF has told us they use the DOM dates published by the manufacture (Winchester).Winchester’s Model 70 bolt-action rifle is without a doubt, one of the darlings of the American rifle shooter.There are more than 2 million Model 70s out there, and it is often a standard by which other rifles are judged. announced that its New haven, CT, plant was being shut down and that the Models 70 and 94 would no longer be made.MOA Sure Cycle Surefire T&S Tactical Solutions Tac Star Tekmat Tikka Timney Tipton Triple K Trijicon Uberti Uncle Mike's VZ Grips Walther Warne Scope Mounts Wheeler Engineering Wilson Combat Winchester XRail Zeiss ZEV Technologies Ammunition AR-15 Accessories Bags & Pouches Barrels Bipods Butt Plates Choke Tubes Cleaning Supplies Eye / Ear Protection Gunsmithing Supplies Holsters Lights and Lasers Luggage Cases Knives Magazines Mag Tube Extensions Optics Parts Kits Pistol Grips Recoil Pads Recoil Reduction Devices Saddle Mounts Sling Attachments Scope Bases & Rings Shell Catchers Sights Slings Soft Gun Cases Stocks Stock Adjustment Targets Tools Triggers AR-15 1911 AK-47 10-22 AAC Badger Ordnance Battle Arms Benelli Beretta Black Rain Ordnance Browning Bushmaster CMMG Christensen Arms Colt CZ-USA DPMS Dakota Arms FN Fight Lite Franchi Glock HK H&R Henry Kimber Marlin Midwest Industries Mossberg NEF Nighthawk Custom Remington Ruger STI Sako Sig Sauer Smith & Wesson Springfield Armory Steyr Stoeger Tactical Solutions Tikka Uberti Wilson Combat Winchester While dating your Model 70 by serial number can be difficult, and there are many “legends” about why the historic serial number records for Winchester rifles and shotguns are not complete or why they are not always verifiable.A few reasons cited are: • A fire at the factory • Inadvertent destruction (during office cleaning) • Records simply lost in filing • Records misplaced between ownership transitions • Documents borrowed but not returned There is probably some kernel of truth to all of them.There are many “legends” about why the historic serial number records for Winchester rifles and shotguns are not complete or why they are not always verifiable.A few reasons cited are: There is probably some kernel of truth to all of them.
You will need the Adobe Reader program to open this file. THE HISTORY OF WINCHESTER HISTORIC SERIAL NUMBER RECORDS.To the maximum extent possible, the dates of manufacture shown were obtained from the original Winchester Factory Polishing Room serialization records; otherwise estimates were made using multiple sources of information (e.g.George Madis, Ned Schwing, etc.), in which case the data was extrapolated to the best of our ability.Features such as controlled-round feeding and the three-position safety–not to mention classic good looks and a reputation for quality and accuracy–are just some of those measures. Since then, a long-term license agreement has been struck with Browning to manufacture and distribute Winchester-brand rifles and shotguns.It should go without saying that one of the new guns is a Model 70.Those dates coincide with the Madis dates and can be viewed on Winchester’s site at: If you would like to obtain factory research on your Winchester, we urge you to join WACA and the Cody Firearms Museum.