SOLD FOR: $1025
Year of Manufacture: 1949
Caliber/Gauge: .30 Gov’t 06
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with 5 Internal Round 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 GOV’T.’ 06”, and a “PW” in an oval proof mark. The left side of the receiver is marked with a “PW” in an oval proof mark and “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”. The right side is marked with the serial number, “150741”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed into a textured ramped base that is integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a flip up u-notch with a triangle aiming reference that is adjustable for elevation. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled with a two-piece optic rail that has attached optic rings on which are mounted a Bushnell 3-9x scope with a Circle-X reticle. The scope body has light nicks and scuffs throughout with more notable nicks through the finish on the left shoulder of the objective bell. The glass is fairly clear and overall the scope rates in Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration and ConditionGrip: The stock is a one-piece checkered wood with pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and checkered sheet steel buttplate. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are dark nicks, and compressions throughout along with spots of finish loss. The buttstock has a 2” wide band of wear that has rubbed off the finish and there is foam residue throughout that area. 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 buttplate has spots light surface oxidation throughout. Overall, the stock is in Good-to-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 90% of its finish. The barrel has scattered light spots of surface oxidation along with scattered nicks and scuffs with spots of light finish loss. The receiver has a few spots of minor finish loss. The action has light operational wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: This Model 70 includes the scope as a described above.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Standard Grade rifle chambered in .30 Gov’t 06 (apart from the name there is no difference from .30-06) and made in 1949. The rifle is in Very Good condition with evidence of dedicated and extended use in the field with the most noteworthy defect being the wear on the top of the barrel. This is a great rifle in a common cartridge that is ready to test your skills. That said, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest and this would be a good addition to a Winchester collection, regardless of the intended use! Good luck and happy bidding!