SOLD FOR: $3,752.50
Model: 70 Standard Rifle, Product Number G7007C
Serial Number: 14051
Year of Manufacture: 1938, 2nd Year Offered
Caliber: .375 H&H Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked -“WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL”-“MODEL 70”-“WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“-“375 MAGNUM” in front of the rear sight. The left of the barrel at the rear and the left of the chamber ring at the front each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The left of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“. The right of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / -NEW HAVEN, CONN. – PATENTED -“. The left of the chamber ring is marked “14051”. The bolt body is hand-scribed “14051” and “M”, “Y” and “8” punched near the serial marking.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded, beaded blade dovetailed to a stippled ramped base forged integrally to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a Winchester 22-G “U”-notch semi-buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The front of the chamber ring and the top of the barrel just forward of the rear sight are drilled, tapped an filled to accept scope bases (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece hand checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, sling swivels front and rear, and an orange rubber Winchester buttpad. The stock has several scattered light-moderate compressions, drag lines and scuffs with most along the left side. The checkering is well defined with light handling wear. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad. The pad is still surprisingly supple with light-moderate wear and discoloration from age and oil, in about Very Good condition. The stock rates in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is some very faint erosion toward the muzzle-end.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at most edges. The barrel and receiver have some scattered light marks with infrequent very light freckling. The bottom metal and trigger guard have some scattered scratches and scrapes. The bolt body has light operational wear, the knob has light-moderate handling wear with some surface oxidation. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots and there are a few which have spots of blue residue next to them. 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 top of the bolt at the rear. Pushed back, the safety is OFF. If pulled back all the forward, 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: None.
Our Assessment: This is an early Winchester Model 70. There were 19 pre-production rifles made in 1935, with a total of 2,238 rifles produced in preparation for the January 1, 1937 release date. This rifle, serial 14051 was produced early in the second year of sales, 1938 and is a Standard Rifle with a heavy barrel chambered for the .375 H&H Magnum cartridge. The rifle is in Very Good-plus condition with about 92% of its original metal finish, a nice bore which looks to have seen light use, and wear in the stock consistent with use in the field. All of the pre-64 Winchester Model 70 rifles are collectible, but this rifle is a quite early gun chambered in .375 H&H Magnum, a wonderful addition for a Winchester collection. It would also make a fine big-game rifle, able to take down just about any game on the planet. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California.