Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Standard .338 Win. Magnum Bolt Rifle, 1960 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2127

LSB#: 220116JC004

Make: Winchester

Model: 70 Standard

Serial Number: 487731

Year of Manufacture: 1960

Caliber: .338 Winchester Magnum

Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “–MADE IN U.S.A.– / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL—”, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”, and “MODEL-70 –338 WIN. MAGNUM-”. 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 “487731”. The serial number is also hand-scribed on the bottom of the bolt body.

Barrel Length: 25”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade that is dovetailed into a serrated ramped base. The rear sight is an adjustable flip-up u-notch with a white triangle aiming reference that is dovetailed into the barrel boss. The top of the receiver is drilled and tapped for mounting a rear sight (none installed). The left side of the receiver has two drilled, tapped, and filled holes for a side mounted optic (not included).

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, fluted Monte Carlo comb, and an orange Winchester butt pad. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There is light crazing in the finish throughout. There are scuffs, draglines, and scratches throughout, the most notable of which are the right side of the buttstock and near the toe. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well-defined. The LOP measures 13 1/2” & 12 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and wood respectively. The pad shows darkening from age and remains soft. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good-Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is slightly bright with sharp rifling. There is light erosion on the lands.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 91% of its metal finish. There are several thin scratches scattered throughout the barrel as well as thinning on the sides. There is thinning around the muzzle and the leading edges of the receiver. The lower metal also shows thinning along the edges and there are faint little nicks and scratches on the trigger guard. The action has minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The floorplate has been replaced. The lower metal does not line up flush with the stock and sticks out slightly. There is a considerable gap between the floorplate and magazine well. There is a safety mounted on the 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, a 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 manufactured in 1960 and chambered in .338 Winchester Magnum. The bore is slightly bright with sharp rifling. The rifle has provision for just about any kind of sighting system you would want to install. 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. In North America, the .338 Winchester Magnum is most commonly used for the hunting of larger deer species such as elk and moose. It is quite popular with elk hunters, with bullets ranging between 200–225 gr generally preferred for large class 3 game such as elk or moose. Apart from the larger deer species, the .338 Winchester Magnum is often used for the hunting of and defense against dangerous class 3 game, particularly the great bears including grizzly, polar and brown bears. It is often carried by fishermen, hunters and guides in Alaska and Canada for protection as encounters with these larger bear species can be common. In its condition, this rifle will make a great addition to a Model 70 collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Standard .338 Win. Magnum Bolt Rifle, 1960 C&R
Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Standard .338 Win. Magnum Bolt Rifle, 1960 C&R