Sold For: $5026
Make: This rifle was made by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium for Browning Arms
Model: FN High-Power Olympian Grade
Serial Number: 59063L70
Year of Manufacture: 1970 C&R
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action with Hinged Magazine Floorplate
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY”. The right side of the barrel is marked “CALIBER .30-06 ONLY 59063L70 / MADE IN BELGIUM” followed by a proof. The right rear of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The outward and rear-facing sides of the base of the bolt handle have small proofs. The front of the bolt plug is marked with a proof. The rifle has been engraved by Alfonse Marechal. The top and sides of the receiver have scroll engraving, so do the sides of the chamber, action screws, and stock throughbolt. The right of the chamber ring has a scene of a pronghorn jumping over a rock with a cactus in the background. The left of the chamber ring has a scene of an elk with trees in the background and is marked with the engraver’s name. The trigger guard is engraved with a bear surrounded by scroll engraving. The floorplate is engraved with a bust of a stag surrounded by trees and has scroll engraving at the rear. The floorplate tang has scroll engraving. The interior of the stock is stamped “59063” and the underside of the bolt is marked “59063”. There is a proof on the tang in the striker channel.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: There is no provision for iron sights. The top of the receiver has tao pairs of drilled, tapped, and filled holes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered fancy walnut with a flared pistol grip, wood capped nose & pistol grip with tan spacers, Monte Carlo comb with cheekpiece, through bolt, and a Browning black hard rubber buttplate. The pistol grip has a diamond metal inlay and the checkered portions have fine scroll engraving with light punch dots in the negative spaces. There is some finish separating from the wood where the forend and white spacer meet. There are some small spots of stubborn residue on the nosecap. There are a few compressions, most noticeable on the right of the butt up by the comb, toe, and left of the butt down by the toe, a few have gone into the finish. Some of the finish has taken on a light hue where it borders the checkering, most noticeable on the right of the forend. The checkering is strong. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light handling wear, no chips or cracks. The stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued Barrel, Satin Chrome Receiver & Bottom Metal with “In the White” Bolt
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The trigger guard has patches of finish loss and oxidation. The bottom metal assembly has some discoloration from oil, most noticeable at the rear tang and inside the guard. The receiver tang has some finish loss with dark discoloration from previous oxidation with heavier finish loss and oxidation hidden by the stock. The right side of the barrel has a few small spots of discoloration from previous oxidation but there is no erosion or heavy or fresh oxidation. The screw slots are sharp and the markings are clear, but some of the small proofs are lightly stuck. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. There is a manual safety on the right rear of the receiver. As with all firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box. It has some scrapes and punctures. The edges have split and there are patches of finish loss from tape and some tape still remains. The box rates in about Good condition.