SOLD FOR: $3675
Model: 70 Super Grade
Serial Number: 244313
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Caliber: .270 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
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 – 270 WIN.-”. 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 “244313”. The magazine cover is marked “—SUPER GRADE—”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade with a protective hood that is dovetailed into a ramped base. The rear sight is a U-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel boss. The leaf can be finely adjusted for elevation as well. The left side of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for mounting a rear sight (none installed). The receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for mounting an optic (no optic is included).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with ebony-capped forend, steel-capped pistol grip, a monte carlo comb with cheek-piece, and a checkered steel buttplate. The stock is not original to the gun. Scattered throughout the wood are light draglines, shallow compressions, and a few tiny nicks. There is a slightly more noticeable dragline on the right side at the rear. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate has some light erosion at the toe, thinning at the heel, and little nicks and scratches along the edge. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is light thinning around the muzzle. There are some scattered faint nicks and scratches on the barrel with a more notable small nick on the barrel mid way. The barrel has scattered minor nicks and a few scuffs, the most notable of which is on the top to the rear of the barrel boss. There is minor thinning on some edges of the receiver. There is minor thinning on the bolt handle The screw heads are sharp with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on 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, 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 Super Grade rifle chambered in 270 Winchester and was manufactured in 1953. The Super Grade has nicer-grain wood with a nose cap, grip cap, straight comb with cheekpiece and finer checkering than would be found on the Standard Rifles. The rifle is in Fine-plus condition with evidence of careful use in the field, retaining a decent bore and strong mechanics. The .270 Winchester is a suitable cartridge for hunting deer-sized game at open ranges making it suitable for plains game and mountain hunting. Standard ballistics tests show that the .270 is highly appropriate for hunting screeching boars and pigs. It may be chambered in standard length actions and though the optimum barrel size is considered to be 24 inches, it doesn’t lose much muzzle velocity with 22 inch barrels, making it a suitable cartridge for developing a light mountain rifle. The Pre-64 Winchesters have sincere collector interest, especially a Super Grade such as this one, and this would be a wonderful addition—or an incredible start—to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!