SOLD FOR: $3910
Model: 70 Standard Rifle, Product Number G7004C
Serial Number: 5106
Year of Manufacture: 1937
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield (30 Gov’t ’06)
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked -“WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL”-“MODEL 70”-“WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“-“30 GOV’T ’06” 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 “5106”. The bottom of the bolt body is hand-scribed “5106”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to a hooded, textured, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. There is a dovetail in a boss at the rear of the barrel, currently filled with a blank. The chamber ring is drilled, tapped and filled for an optic mount (the bridge is not). The left-rear of the receiver is drilled and tapped with a Lyman aperture receiver sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece hand checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, sling swivels front and rear, and a checkered blued steel shotgun-style buttplate. The stock has been relieved for the installed Lyman sight. The stock has some scattered minor nicks and scratches. There are a few more notable marks, most notable is a nicks in the front of the grip. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has wear around the edges, most notable at the heel and well defined, mostly sharp checkering. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good-Fine 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 0.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. Most of the finish loss is in the floorplate which has handling wear and light scratches. The finish is lightly thinning at some edges, most notable on the trigger guard. The barrel and receiver have only a few scattered light marks. The bolt body shows light operational wear and the knob has handling wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the top-rear of the bolt. Pushed forwards, the safety is ON. If pulled back all the way, the safety is OFF. 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 rifle chambered in .30-06 and is a quite early example made in 1937. The rifle is the “Standard Rifle” style with factory front iron sight. The rear sight has been replaced with a blank in favor of a Lyman receiver sight. Chambered for the classic .30-06 cartridge, this rifle and its sights will allow for fast target acquisition with a rifle suitable for just about any North American game. That said, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest, and this very early example would be a great addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!