SOLD FOR: $1125
Model: 70 XTR
Serial Number: G1598403
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “—WINCHESTER ® MODEL 70 XTR – 30-06 SPRG – / –MADE IN NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL–”. The top of the chamber and top of the chamber ring both have an ovalled “WP” proof. The left of the receiver has “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—”. The right of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “G1598403” and the bolt is serial-matching, hand-scribed “403”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade protected by a hood dovetailed into a ramped base that is screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is an adjustable un-notch with white triangle aiming reference that is dovetailed into the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled and tapped and the left side is also filled. No optics are present.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered/floriate walnut with a schnabel forend, pistol grip with black cap, fluted straight comb, and an orange rubber buttpad. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are minor scattered scuffs and compressions along with a few light nicks, most notable on the comb. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has some light staining. Overall, the stock rates in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are only minor handling marks, but otherwise the metal is free of any notable wear or damage. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the push-feed 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: None.
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 70 is an iconic American sporting rifle that has been a staple of hunters for more than 80 years; reliable, robust, and accurate, it is one of the benchmarks by which all bolt action rifles are measured. This example is the XTR Featherweight variant, notable for all the ways weight was removed from the rifle. Though it remained the standard length, the forend was extensively trimmed down, with wood being removed as much as possible from the interior, the barrel boss was done away with, the barrel is thinner and shorter, no iron sights… it goes on! The Featherweight is lighter in-hand than one would expect, and chambered in the dependable .30-06, any would-be shooter would do well to begin a collection with this rifle. Good luck and happy bidding!