SOLD FOR: $1256
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Caliber/Gauge: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked with “MADE IN NEW HAVEN CONN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / —WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL—”, “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—”, “—MODEL 70—”, “30-06SPRG” and a “PW” in an oval. The left side of the receiver is marked “PW” in an oval and “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—” and the right side is marked with the serial number, “289221”. The bolt is serial-matching, hand-scribed “289221”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade with protective hood dovetailed into a ramped base that is integral to the barrel. There is a dovetail notch in the barrel boss, but no rear sight is installed. The receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled with an optic rail that has attached Leupold 3-9x scope. The scope body has light nicks throughout, a bit of thinning on the edges, the glass is fairly clear, and overall, the scope rates in Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered wood with pistol grip, fluted Monte Carlo comb, and a checkered steel buttplate. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are light nicks and scuffs along with a few scrapes on the buttstock and the forend has a few more notable compressions on the left side. The checkering is well-defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate has thinning at the edges and some minor surface oxidation in the checkering. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion, but some minor stubborn fouling can be seen in a few spots.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 90% of its finish. The receiver has scattered minor surface oxidation and a bit of light thinning on the edges, most notable at the rear. The barrel has scattered minor marks including intermittent minor nicks and scuffs and some minor finish loss at the barrel tip. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The scope as described above and a brown leather sling.
Our Assessment: This is a lovely Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 rifle made in 1954. It has a 24” barrel chambered in the enduringly popular .30-06 Springfield, making it ideal for hunting most game up to deer. It is equipped with a Leupold scope. The rifle is in Very Good-to-Fine condition with wear in the metal and wear in the stock consistent with use in the field. The bore is decent and the mechanics are strong. Good luck and happy bidding!