SOLD FOR: $2577
Model: 70 Bull Gun, Catalog# G7092C
Serial Number: 85922
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
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 – 30-06 SPFLD.-“. The left-front of the receiver is marked with an ovalled “WP” proof, the left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “85922”.
Barrel Length: 28″, Extra Heavy Profile
Sights / Optics: There are no sights installed or included. There is a pair of drilled, tapped and filled holes at the front of the barrel. There are bases installed at the rear of the barrel and the front of the receiver. The bridge and the left-rear of the receiver are drilled, tapped and filled.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece smooth walnut with beavertail forend, pistol grip, straight comb, serrated orange rubber Mershon White Line buttpad on an adjustable alloy buttplate, a sling swivel mounted to the belly and an inlet 4″ accessory rail in the forend. The stock has a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a thin crack at the heel. There are no chips. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the installed trigger to the back of the buttpad, 12 1/4″ to the back of the wood. The pad shows moderate wear, discoloration, and has hardened with age. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good-plus condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 2.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its current metal finish. There are some light nicks and finish wear on the edges of the trigger guard. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger has been replaced with a wide, serrated trigger shoe and pivoting trigger bow. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the bolt. Pushed to the front, the safety is OFF. Rotated 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 1948 pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Bull Gun. The Bull Gun is a monster with a 28″ Extra Heavy barrel and provision for mounting all kinds of iron sights or optics. This example has had its trigger replaced and has been refinished, retaining nearly all of its new finish. Chambered in the venerable .30-06 Springfield, this rifle is a wonderful combination of precision, power, and range. It’s also a fairly uncommon configuration for a Winchester Model 70, as well as being a pre-’64 production example, checking a lot of boxes for the Winchester collector. Please see our photos and good luck!