M76 .308 tube folder question

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0750turbo
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M76 .308 tube folder question

Post by 0750turbo » Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:57 pm

From everything I have been able to find, there were 50-100 of these imported. I have one with the import marks shown below

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There is one on Gunbroker for sale and it has one single picture. I asked for some additional pictures and one he sent has the import marks shown below. Also, he sent one showing the serial number and its 398034 which is about 3,500 higher than mine (395677). So, does anyone else on here have one of these and if so what import marks does yours have and also what serial number is yours?

Also too bad about the replaced top cover on the one for sale

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =462743770

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There is another auction that has a fixed stock with the same import markings - I wonder if it was originally fixed stock as well?
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... =462965911

DunGoterDid
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Post by DunGoterDid » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:05 pm

The fixed stock M76 looks original.
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Post by 0750turbo » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:12 am

Sorry, after re-reading my post I can see how it can be confusing.

The first picture is my M76 milled folder in .308. The second is one that is for sale but has a different import mark then mine and a dramatically different serial number. The last one I referenced (fixed stock) has the same import mark as the folder for sale and I was suggesting that maybe the folder for sale used to be a fixed stock model since the import marks are the same.

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Post by DunGoterDid » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:38 am

I would say no. There is not enough metal at the back of a fixed stock receiver to cut a folder receiver out of it.
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Post by DunGoterDid » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:14 am

Perhaps the rears of the receivers were milled in a separate machining operation for fixed or folding stocks at the factory, some point in time after the serial number and/or importer markings are applied to the blanks. From the outside though, it does look like there might be enough material to carve a milled receiver out of a folder.
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Post by ValmetRKm62 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:55 am

Seriously doubt that it was a fixed gun converted to a folder. Valmet Inc and Stoeger both imported these guns in the late-80s.

For $5k you'd think that gun would come with a factory top-cover!
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