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I could use some help from y'all dating a couple of long guns owned by my FIL.

The first is an old LC Smith 16 Gauge Field Grade side-by-side.
There is no serial # on the gun that I can see anywhere. (BTW when did they start putting serial #s on guns)
None on the barrel or action. I haven't tried taking the gun down to see if one is on the inside.
Don't even know if there would be one there, anyway.
The exterior shows some wear, but it's good honest use.
Looking down both barrels, both bores are mirror-like and spotless.

The other is a Winchester Model 70 in .22-250. Serial # is G1974***.
This gun is immaculate, with no blue wear anywhere. Easily a 99+% condition.
The bore is also spotless and mirror-like.
It is topped with a rather cheap, inexpensive Bushnell 3x9 scope.

He's currently keeping them in an upstairs closet, propped in the corner (he doesn't have a safe).
I bought him a small dehumidifier to place in the closet with them to help protect.
I also bought him a silicon cloth and some RemOil to wipe them down with occasionally, too.

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
 

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The Winchester model 70 would be from the 1980s I believe. My list only goes to 1981 starting with G1537134 It is undoubted a USRA product. Prior to 1968 Shotguns and rifles were not required to have serial numbers but the better makes did have them.
 
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