Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .30 Gov’t ‘06 Bolt Rifle, 1948 C&R Bausch Lomb
SOLD FOR: $1257
Model: 70 Standard (Symbol No. G7004C)
Serial Number: 97855
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Caliber: .30 Gov’t ‘06
Action Type: Internal Magazine-Fed Bolt-Action Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U. S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”, and “MODEL-70 – .30 GOV’T ‘06-”. The left side of the barrel at the receiver and the left side of the receiver at the barrel are marked with a circled “WP” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “97855”. The serial number is also hand-scribed on the bottom of the bolt body.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a serrated ramped base screwed to the front of the barrel. No rear sight is present and a blank is installed into the dovetail notch. The top and left side of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for mounting sights or optics. The top of the receiver has installed a Leupold optic rail which has attached two two optic rings which have mounted in them a Bausch & Lomb Balvar 3-9x scope. The scope body has moderate thinning on some edges and a few light scrapes on the objective bell, the glass is fairly clear, and overall, the scope is Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and a checkered sheet steel buttplate. There are sling swivels on the belly and forearm. There are minor draglines and nicks scattered about the wood, but concentrated mostly on the comb. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has moderate scuff wear at the heel and toe, and finish loss throughout. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with well-defined rifling. There is no erosion apparent in the bore, but there is light stubborn fouling in a few spots.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 82% of its metal finish. Many areas of the barrel have moderate thinning and there are scattered minor nicks, some through the finish. The receiver has moderate thinning on the edges and the bluing is shifting to a light patina. The bolt has light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the 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: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Standard rifle made in 1950 and chambered in .30 Gov’t ‘06. The rifle has a 24” barrel and a checkered stock, and the bore is mostly bright with well-defined rifling. The rifle has provision for just about any kind of sights or optics you would want to install, and a previous owner saw fit to install a Bausch & Lomb Balvar scope. The pre-64 Winchester Model 70 actions are prized by shooters and collectors alike for their smoothness and reliability, and this one is no exception. Good luck and happy bidding!