Well, I have been scouring all the websites I can to find the pieces I need to rebuild the Model 70. Numrich, Midwest Gun Works, Winchester and believe it or not Ebay!. I finally got everything in, including a Custom Sporter barrel, very gently used and a beautiful never used Long Action stock.
I delivered it all to Dave Sullivan up in Erie at Westwind rifles and he pulled the fired cartridge out of the box with the blown to bits action. I took a picture next to an unfired 7mm so that you can see the damage from the explosion and what was remaining. I am sooo lucky that my safety glasses saved the day and no one nearby got more than a little ding from the shrapnel.
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Damn brother, just wow.
Thanks for the picture, confirmed some of my unanswered suspicions, specifically case separation near base at what would be the belt. The longitudinal case split is a bit of a surprise.
It does sound like we 'guessed' correctly on root cause, near universally actually. Let's just say those were deductive reasoning skills I never wanted to use. Like you, I'm very glad no permanent injuries. (pride excluded)
Looking forward to seeing the rebuilt gun, I think I told you my son was gifted a left-handed 7mm remmag Mod 70 right after this.
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