SOLD FOR: $2746
Serial Number: G166662
Year of Manufacture: 1984
Caliber: .416 Remington Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: Barrel left shoulder marked “–WINCHESTER ® MODEL 70 416 REM. MAG.– / ——MADE IN NEW HAVEN CT, U.S.A.——”. Barrel right shoulder marked “—CLASSIC SUPER EXPRESS—”. Receiver left side marked “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—”. Chamber ring right side marked with serial number, “G166662”. Buttpad marked “WINCHESTER® / Winchester trademarks licensed from Olin Corp. / Mtd. by U.S. Repeating Arms Company / Pad made in U.S.A. by Pachmayr®”. Serial-matching bolt hand scribed, “6662”. The recoil lug heads are engraved.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: While no iron sights are installed, the front of the barrel is drilled, tapped, and filled and the rear has installed a Burris optic rail (no optic is installed or included). The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled (no rail or base in installed).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The one-piece checkered wood has a capped pistol grip, fluted Monte-Carlo comb with cheek-piece, and an orange rubber Winchester buttpad. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the barrel. The cheek-piece has a few light compressions, a spot of checkering on the right side of the forend is lightly worn down while a few spots on the underside are lightly nicked. The checkering is otherwise quite sharp. Length-of-pull measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad. The pad is supple, there are a few spots of edge wear as well as light discoloration in spots. Overall, the stock rates in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. Light stubborn fouling can be seen throughout.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few light nicks on the outer edge of the barrel tip, the barrel itself has scattered minor nicks and a few scuffs mainly in the area where the rail is mounted, the top of the receiver has residue from a previously installed rail or base, and the action has light operational wear. 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 three-position safety on the right-rear of the control-feed bolt. Pushed forwards, the safety is OFF. If pulled back all the way, it locks both the bolt and the trigger. If pulled back half-way, it blocks only the trigger. 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: None.
Our Assessment: On offer here is a Winchester Model 70 rifle made in 1984, well after Winchester’s reorganization and revisions to the Model 70 design. It has a 24” barrel chambered for .416 Remington Magnum, a cartridge modeled closely to the .416 Rigby and meant for dangerous game such as rhinoceros or African Cape buffalo. Much hay has been made about the quality of 70s-era Model 70 rifles, and while major changes did result in consumer dissatisfaction, Winchester did bring back many of the key features that made pre-64 rifles so noteworthy. This “Classic Super Express” has the vaunted control-feed bolt. The rifle is in Fine-to-Excellent condition with very little wear, a fine bore and strong mechanics. Good luck and happy bidding!