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Remington - Used in SEA?:

I was going to do some research on some weaponry, then I thought, hell I'll just ask the good folks at snipercountry. What was the military designation of the Remington bolt-action sniper rifles in the late '60's early 70's? And what would be the closest comparison from today's crop? I'm looking to build my father a close match to the 30-06 he used to promote democracy in SE Asia. I am sure that the stock was more of a sporter type stock than a tac, but I'm thinking about setting him up tac anyway. Any thoughts, suggestions would be appreciated.

JR <>
rapid city, sd, USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 01:11:21 (ZULU) 

JR... the Remington of the lat 60's to early 70's was the M40, with a wooden stock and it was in .308/7.62. It was identical to the commercial Remington Heavy BBl "Varmint" of the same period, except that it had an oil finish on the wood stock, and no checkering. If you find a used Rem HB in .308 with a wood stock, it is easy to replicate. The scope used was the 3x9 Redfield "Acurange"... a scope that is still made, and the mount was a standard Redfield one piece base. You can refinish the stock, and get the gun parkerized, and spray the scope and mounts with paint to match.
If he was using a 30-06, then he was probably using a Winchester M70 target with either the same Redfield scope, or more likely, a 8x Unertl target scope, also still made. You can replicate the Winchester with a current M70/V but in .308 and the stock is black synthetic. If you look for a Win M70 target in 30-06, you may be looking for a while, as they are close to being collector pieces, and are grabbed up fast. Later in the 70's the M40A1 was introduced, and it was the same gun/scope with a McMillen glass stock, which is still available through McMillen. There were a few M40's with the Leatherwood Auto ranging scope, these are also still made (but are dogs).

Hope this helps...

USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 02:01:30 (ZULU) 


He did say that everything he used was labeled "X", or experimental, and it was a Remington, I will check if it was M40-x or whatever, and he had the auto ranging scope. He said it took a hearing aid battery. I do believe he thinks the scope was a Redfield, but I'm not quite sure. It was a wood stock, but had to be laminated wood as he said they had to take them in every 30 days to be re-laminated, the stocks would warp so bad from the humidity of the area.

Anyone know of anything about 'Dragon's Teeth' during the Vietnam era??? I'll tell you what I'm trying to do here, I'm trying to get enough info and to pry some old memories out of the old man so I can get him to write some memoirs about his experiences as an Army sniper. He has some damn good stories to tell that I think everyone would get a kick out of. If anyone has something to offer, let me know.


JR <>
rapid city, sd, USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 02:50:15 (ZULU) 

and don't forget, Pablito, that I work for H-S, so I could build a similar gun off of the 700 action, or even the 721 if that is what they used. Everyone drool now, but I am due for the free rifle that is offered to H-S employees every so many years, so I can go all the way if I so choose, the only cost to me is optics, and that is discounted. Maybe he would like the M24 system, but I know he is not accustomed to the adjustable features. But that is an option anyway.

JR <>
rapid city, sd, USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 03:00:18 (ZULU) 

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