Pre-64 5-Digit Winchester Model 70 .270 WCF Bolt Action Rifle, MFD 1940 C&R
SOLD FOR: $2675
Model: 70 Carbine (#G7023C)
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Caliber/Gauge: .270 WCF (Winchester Centerfire)
Action Type: Internal Magazine-Fed Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: Forward of the barrel boss the left shoulder is marked “WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL”, “MODEL 70”, “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”, and “270 W.C.F.”, and the right shoulder is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN.”, and “PATENTED”. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “24301”. The bold is serial-matching, hand-scribed “24301”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into a ramped base that is integral to the barrel. No rear sight is present, and the barrel boss dovetail notch has not been filled with anything. The receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled with a one-piece Redfield rail that has attached a Leupold Vari-X 3.5-10x scope. The scope body has light nicks, mostly along the top along with 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 with cheek piece, and a checkered sheet steel buttplate. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. Very monitor nicks and scuffs are dotted about the wood, most notable on the either side of the buttstock. At the buttplate the wood has a dry, weathered appearance. The checkering is well-defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate has gone to white at the edges and there is slight surface oxidation throughout the smooth areas. Overall, the stock is in Very Good-to-Fine 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.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 92% of its finish. The bolt handle has light surface oxidation, the bolt itself has light operational wear. The receiver has just minor thinning on a few edges. The barrel has scattered light nicks and scuffs, the most notable cluster being between the barrel boss and the front sight. There is a bit of moderate finish loss at the barrel tip. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, the rifle is in 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 1940. This carbine version has a 24” barrel chambered in .270 Winchester Centerfire, making it ideal for hunting most game up to deer, but your efforts would perhaps be better put toward bore or similar animals. It is equipped with a rather nice Leupold scope. The rifle is in overall Fine condition with wear primarily in the stock consistent with repeated use in the field. The bore is clean and the mechanics are strong. Good luck and happy bidding!