SOLD FOR: $1180
Model: 70 XTR
Serial Number: G1454135
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .243 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “—WINCHESTER ® MODEL 70 XTR – 243 WIN. – / –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, “G1454135” and the bolt is serial-matching, hand-scribed “1454135”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights on this rifle. The top of the barrel is drilled, tapped, and filled with the forward piece of the two piece optic rail; the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled with the other half over the chamber ring, and the rear has nothing mounted. The left rear of the receiver has a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes. No optic is installed.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip with black cap, black-capped forend, fluted monte-carlo comb with cheek-piece, and a checkered black plastic buttplate. There are QD sling swivel studs on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are scattered scuffs and compressions. There are some little nicks, dings, and scratches. The checkering is well-defined. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered wear along with a fair bit of staining in the checkering. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good-to-Fine 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. The barrel has only a few notable nicks both through the finish—one at the mid point of the barrel and one on the top behind the optic mount. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-to-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. The rifle appears to have seen very little use—the bore is good and mechanics are in great shape. Should you win, you will have yourself a classic deer rifle in a versatile caliber. Good luck and happy bidding!