Sold For: $1,225
Model: 70 Featherweight
Serial Number: 406283
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL – 70 FEATHERWEIGHT – / MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”, “-30-06 SPRG.-” and at the rear with an ovalled “WP” proof. The left-front the receiver also has a “WP” proof and “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“. The right of the chamber ring is marked “406283”, found again hand-scribed on the bottom of the bolt body.
Barrel Length: 22″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a hooded, serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “U”-notch sight with white triangle aiming reference dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The notch is fine adjustable for elevation. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for mounting an optic (none included). The left-rear of the receiver is drilled and tapped with a Lyman 57SME peep sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, monte-carlo comb, checkered black alloy buttplate and sling swivels front and rear. The stock has light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a more notable ding in the left of the stock about mid-way between the grip and buttplate. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ from the front of the trigger’s installed wide, serrated shoe to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered minor wear with sharp checkering. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 1.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in light thinning at edges. The front sight hood has some scuffing on its sides. The action shows light operational wear and the bolt knob has handling wear. Otherwise, there are only a few scattered minor marks. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the bolt. Pulled to the rear, the safety is ON, locking 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: A brown leather Boyt sling is installed. The sling has some scattered discoloration and wear, in about Good-Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Featherweight rifle chambered for the classic .30-06 cartridge and made in 1957. The rifle appears to have seen some use in the field, but retains about 96% of its metal finish with a great bore and strong mechanics. It comes with a nice set of iron sights, but can accept a scope if you prefer. Ammunition for this rifle is readily available in a variety of loadings and makes for a wonderful hunting rifle that can take just about any game in North America. Whether you’re looking to add to your Winchester collection or just want a great hunting rifle, this will be a great rifle to add to any safe in America. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California but must be transferred through your local dealer or at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.