SOLD FOR: $1300.01
Serial Number: 876820
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left barrel shoulder is marked “—MADE IN U.S.A.— / –WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL–” and “—WINCHESTER ® MODEL –70–.30-06 SPRG.–”. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “876820”. The top of the barrel and presumably the receiver where they meet are marked with “WP” in an oval proof marks. The bolt is serial-matching, hand-scribed “876820”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a ramped base that is screwed to the barrel; the protective hood is not included. The rear sight is a u-notch semi-buckhorn that is elevation and windage adjustable. The receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled with two-piece Weaver rings that have mounted in them a Tasco Opti-Centered 3-9×32 scope. The scope body has scattered light nicks and scuffs, the glass is rather cloudy, and overall rates in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut with capped pistol grip, fluted monte-carlo comb with cheek-piece, and a checkered synthetic buttplate. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are scattered light nicks and compressions, most notable on the cheek piece and belly. The checkering is well-defined. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate has light stain wear throughout along with minor nicks on the edges. Overall, the stock is in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. Very minor stubborn fouling can be seen in a few spots.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal has a very minor plum hue throughout. The barrel has scattered minor nicks and scuffs most notable along the top. The receiver has very minor thinning on some edges along with a few very minor scuffs. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a three-position safety on the right-rear of the push-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: The scope as described above.
Our Assessment: On offer here is a Winchester Model 70 rifle made in 1969, a few years after Winchester’s reorganization and the revisions to the Model 70 design which included a push-feed bolt instead of the original and much-lauded control-feed mechanism. It has a 22” barrel chambered for .30-06 Springfield, a borderline traditional American cartridge. Much hay has been made about the quality of post-64 Model 70 rifles, and while major changes did result in consumer dissatisfaction, the rifles have acquitted themselves well over time, and free of the weight of expectation, they have made their way to the present day in good standing with the wider shooting public. The rifle is in Fine-plus condition with very little wear, a fine bore and strong mechanics. Good luck and happy bidding!