SOLD FOR: $1925
Model: 70 Super Grade
Serial Number: 58030
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Caliber: .270 Winchester (.270 W.C.F.)
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 70 – 270 W.C.F.” in front of the rear sight boss and at the rear with an ovalled “WP” proof, found again on the left of the receiver’s chamber ring. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “58030”. The bolt body is hand-scribed “58030”. The floorplate is marked “-SUPER GRADE-“.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Redfield beaded blade dovetailed to a textured, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The ramp is grooved for a hood but no hood is included. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to a boss at 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 48 WJS peep sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a capped pistol grip, black bakelite nosecap, European-style oval cheekpiece comb, ventilated brown rubber Kerr Sport Shop recoil pad and Super-Grade style sling plates inlaid front and rear. The stock has been relieved at the left of the receiver for the installed receiver sight. The stock has scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with a more notable ding and scrape on the left below the cheekpiece. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad, 12 5/8 ” to the back of the wood. The pad has light wear, most notable on the left near the toe, but is still quite supple. 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 96% of its metal finish. The barrel and receiver have only a few scattered light nicks and scuffs. The bolt body has operational wear, the handle shows handling wear. The floorplate and trigger guard show scattered minor wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good-Fine condition and would easily rate Fine but for the wear in the stock.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the top-rear of the bolt. Pushed to the rear, the safety is OFF. If pushed forward 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: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Super Grade rifle chambered in .270 Winchester and made in 1946. The Super Grade has nicer-grain wood with a nosecap, grip cap, cheekpiece and nicer checkering than would be found on the Standard Rifles. This example has had a Lyman receiver sight installed. The rifle is in Very Good-Fine condition with evidence of responsible use in the field. With its high velocity and excellent ballistic coefficient, the .270 Winchester makes for a great hunting rifle where longer shots may need to be taken, it makes a fine long-range target rifle as well. This is a beautiful rifle in a great hunting cartridge that is ready to bag some game. That said, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest, especially a Super Grade, and this would be a good addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!