SOLD FOR: $1,525.01
Model: 70 Alaskan, Product No. G7035
Serial Number: 451860
Year of Manufacture: 1959, First Year Offered
Caliber: .338 Winchester Magnum
Action Type: Control-Feed Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-MADE IN U.S.A.- / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “-MODEL-70-338 WIN. MAGNUM-”. The left side of the barrel at the receiver and the receiver at the barrel are marked with a circled “WP” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “451860”, found again hand-etched on the bolt body. The left of the scope’s turret housing is marked “LEUPOLD / MADE IN USA / M7-3X / 02077”.
Barrel Length: 25″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The front sight base is grooved for a hood which is not present. The rear sight is a Lyman 16B folding “U”-notch sight with white triangle aiming reference, adjustable for elevation and drift adustaable for windage in its dovetail on a boss at the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for scope mounts with a one-piece Buehler base and rings holding the Leupold M7-3X scope. The scope has a German post reticle with fairly clear glass, a few scattered light marks on the body, and a plum hue to the eyepiece’s finish, in about Very Good-plus condition. The left of the receiver at the rear is drilled, tapped and filled for a peep-sight mount (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, monte carlo comb, ventilated brown rubber White Line recoil pad and sling swivels mounted front and rear. The stock has several scattered light compressions, drag lines, scratches and scuffs with thinning finish at the butt, the bottom of the grip and around the forward mounting screw hole. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, 12 1/2″ to the back of the wood. The pad has hardened with age showing light cracking in the ventilations and scattered light wear, in about Good condition. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The barrel has a few scattered light marks and a patch of very light freckling at the front of the barrel markings. The receiver has lightly thinning finish at edges and a few scattered light marks. The floorplate’s finish is thinning at edges with some light scratches and scuffs. The trigger guard has thinning finish at its edges. The bolt body shows light operational wear and the handle has finish wear on the knob. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the right side of the receiver. Pushed forwards, the safety is OFF. If pulled back all the way, it locks both the bolt and the trigger. If pulled back half-way, it blocks only the trigger. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with the installed scope, base & rings as described. Also included is a brown leather military-style sling with scattered light wear and some verdigris on the brass hooks and rivets, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 rifle chambered in .338 Winchester Magnum and made in 1959, the first year that the “Alaskan” style was offered. The original Alaskan style was chambered only in .338 Winchester Magnum with a 25″ barrel. Considered to be one of the finest cartridges for brown bear, the cartridge is one of the most popular medium-bore cartridges in North America and should make for a great hunting rifle for anything you’d encounter on the continent. With its vintage Leupold 3x scope, it ought to come up quick allowing for shots on moving or even charging targets. This is a classic rifle in a great hunting cartridge that is ready to bag some game or add to your Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California.