Sold For: $1,435
Model: Model 70
Serial Number: 29340
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Winchester / Proof Steel”, “Model 70”, “Winchester / Trade Mark”, “.30GOV’T’06” and with an ovalled “WP” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked with an ovalled “WP” proof. The right side of the receiver is marked “29340”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN.–PATENTED”. There is a “V” marked behind the rear trigger guard screw.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: This front sight is a hooded bead dovetailed into a dimpled ramped base on the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn elevator sight with a “U” notch dovetailed into the barrel. The receiver is mounted with a Griffin & Howe quick detachable scope mount holding a Lyman “Alaskan” scope with a body diameter of 0.872”. The scope mount has two levers and is marked “Griffin & Howe Inc. N.Y. / Pat. #231,055 OCT 13’31”. The scope is marked “The Lyman Gun Sight Corp. / Made In U.S.A. Middlefield, Conn. / U.S. Patent No. 2078868”, “Alaskan” and “2 ½ Power”. The scope has a really fine crosshairs with a target dot in the center. The outside of the scope shows thinning on the left side of the objective and on the rear of the eyepiece, with a few handling marks in the finish. The scope mount shows thinning on its edges The lenses are clear and free of distortion. The scope is in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one piece dark checkered walnut with an oiled finish, a checkered blued steel shotgun style buttplate and sling swivels mounted on the forend and near the butt. The stock shows oil staining and one or two light handling marks. In addition, there are a few deep compression marks on the right side near the butt, some shallower marks on the left side of the forend at the front of the scope mount and a shallow mark behind the front sling swivel. The hand cut checkering shows moderate wear tending to heavy wear at the edges. There are no flaws in the checkering. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows thinning on its edges and spots of erosion. The checkering is mainly sharp. It is in about Fine condition. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel, magazine floorplate and trigger guard are blued. The receiver has a matte finish.
Finish Originality: The finish appears original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep with very light wear. There is no erosion. Our bore gauge measures a ME of 0.75.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The barrel shows thinning on its front edge and a mark through the finish on the right side next to the front sight. The front sight hood shows light handling marks and thinning on its front and back edges. The magazine floorplate shows thinning and light handling marks and the trigger guard shows thinning and marks through the finish. The safety serrations are sharp. The screw heads are disfigured and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The scope and its mount are included.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage Pre WWII Winchester Model 70 chambered in .30-06 Springfield. It is complete with a vintage Lyman Alaskan scope on a Griffin & Howe quick detachable mount. It is obvious that this rifle has seen a lot of use, but there are very few marks on the barrel or the wood, and the bore is fantastic with very little wear. This rifle is in about Fine condition. Normally, we would tout the all around uses for the .30-06 cartridge and how it can be used for all North American game animals, but we think collectors are going to snap this up before the hunters get a chance. The pre-’64 Winchesters are prized for the quality of their actions, and the pre-WWII guns even more so.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California.