SOLD FOR: $2913
Model: Pachmayr Custom Model 70
Serial Number: 38468
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Caliber: .375 Holland & Holland Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “375”. The left side of the receiver at the front has a faint, incomplete 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 “38468”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: There are blended screw-fills at the muzzle and on the rear of the barrel, there is no longer provision for mounting iron sights. The top of the receiver is drilled and tapped with two-piece Talley bases installed.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered select walnut with ebony nose cap, capped pistol grip, straight comb with cheekpiece, black rubber Old English buttpad and Pachmayr QD sling loops. There are only a few scattered minor nicks and scuffs with some grain lines opening up on the cheekpiece. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, 12 1/8″ to the back of the wood. The pad has some scattered light wear, but no rips or tears. The stock rates in about Fine-plus condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished, the barrel is not original to the gun.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its current metal finish. The action shows operational wear and the receiver has developed a plum hue. There is erosion on the bottom of the bolt body which has mostly been polished out. Otherwise, there are only light handling 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-Excellent condition as customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the right side of the bolt sleeve. 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: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Varmint rifle made in 1941 and since customized by Pachmayr with a gorgeous stock and a new barrel chambered for .375 H&H Magnum. The result is a beautiful rifle which is capable of taking just about any game on the planet. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. The pre-64 Winchester Model 70 actions are prized by shooters and collectors alike for their smoothness and reliability, and this one is no exception. Whether you’re looking to go on safari or just appreciate fine craftsmanship, this is a great rifle to add to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!