SOLD FOR: $1225.07
Model: 70 Super Express (Catalog Symbol No. G7037XXTR)
Serial Number: G1577322
Year of Manufacture: 1981-1982 (See Page 30 of the Winchester Firearms Manufacturing Dates by Serial Number and Year PDF)
Caliber: .375 H&H Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “—WINCHESTER ® MODEL 70 – .375 H&H MAG.— / –MADE IN NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. SUPER EXPRESS WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL–”. The top-rear has an ovalled “WP” proof. The left of the receiver has “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—”. The underside of the magazine floorplate is marked “SUPER EXPRESS”. The right of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “G1577322” and the bolt is serial-matching, hand-scribed “322”. The buttpad is marked “WINCHESTER”. The through-bolts feature floriate engraving.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a checkered ramped base screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is a wide “V” dovetailed into a base that screw-set to the barrel. The top of the receiver has two pairs of drilled, tapped, and filled holes.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece smooth wood with a checkered forend, checkered pistol grip with black cap, fluted monte-carlo comb with cheek-piece, and an orange rubber Winchester buttpad. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are two minor scuffs on the right side in between the through bolts. The action has minor operational wear. 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 buttpad. The pad has light wear at the toe. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion, but there is some light stubborn fouling on the lands.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrel has a light nick on the right side below the front sight. The receiver has some scuff wear from a previously installed rail. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the bolt. Pulled to the rear, the safety is ON, locking both the bolt and the trigger. If pulled back half-way, only the trigger is blocked. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Model 70 includes a serial-matching Winchester factory box and a blue leopard-spotted sock with a baby-blue ribbon fastener.
Our Assessment: Hemingway said of firearms, “The rifle and the pistol are still the equalizer when one man is more of a man than another,” Holding this Model 70 in hand, it’s hard to deny the logic. The Winchester Model 70 is an iconic American sporting rifle which has been a staple of hunters—and even writers such as Hemingway—for more than 80 years. This example is a Classic Super Express with a blued finish, 24” barrel, and checkered monte-carlo comb stock. This example has seen some use as there is evidence of some light stubborn fouling in the bore, but as far as the exterior goes, this rifle is nearly minty fresh. This Model 70 is handsome, with a blued barrel that is inky-black, and a stock that is near-immaculate. Good luck and happy bidding!