SOLD FOR: $1600
Model: 70 Ultra Match
Serial Number: G1001711
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER MODEL 70 – 30-06 SPRG.- / MADE IN NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL”. The top of the barrel at the receiver is marked with a “WP” proof and there is another “WP” proof on the top of the receiver to the left of the sight block. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “G1001711”, hand-scribed on the bottom of the bolt body is “1001711”.
Barrel Length: 26″, Counter-Bored Muzzle, Approximately 0.90″ Muzzle Diameter
Sights / Optics: There are no sights installed or included. The front of the barrel has two drilled, tapped and filled holes for a front sight base. The rear of the barrel and the chamber ring are each drilled and tapped with sight blocks installed. The bridge is drilled, tapped and filled for an optic or receiver sight mount. The left-rear of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for a receiver sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a Marksman-style one-piece smooth walnut with beavertail forend, 10″ accessory rail inlet to the forend, pistol grip, straight comb, serrated black rubber Winchester buttpad, a sling swivel under the butt and a sling swivel mounted to the accessory plate in the forend. The action and chamber-portion of the barrel are glass bedded in the stock with the remainder of the barrel free-floating. The stock has a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and handling marks. The top left of the grip shows a compression mark. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has minor wear with well defined serrations. Overall, the stock is in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blued & Black Alloy Trigger Guard Assembly
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 0.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The metal shows scattered light scuffs & light handling marks. The barrel also shows a couple of small scrapes and some light discoloration from dried oil residue. The action has minor operational wear. The screw heads are intact. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine Plus to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
There are holes in the top of the receiver tang for the externally adjustable trigger. There is a three-position safety on the right-rear of 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.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes in its original cardboard box. One end of the box is marked with a Winchester sticker that shows the rifle’s information and serial number. The markings on the top of the box include “WINCHESTER / RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS / OLIN”. It shows creasing, small tears, discoloration and tape residue . It is in Very Good condition. A copy of an article on the Model 70 is included in the auction.
Our Assessment: First offered in 1972, the Model 70 Ultra Match was a cataloged model but was only available on a special order basis and was only offered in .308 Winchester or .30-06 Springfield. The guns are quite rare, with somewhere between 179 and 263 produced in total before the model was discontinued in 1979. The Ultra Match rifles chambered for .308 (this rifle is chambered in .30-06) are essentially the same as the Palma Trophy Match rifles made for the 1976 teams participating in the match, but lack the special roll-mark applied to the barrels of the Palma guns. When compared to the Model 70 Target rifles, the barrels are heavier, the action & chamber-end of the barrel are glass bedded to the stock, and the Ultra Match is one of very few Model 70 variants which was equipped from the factory with an externally adjustable trigger.
This example is in Fine Plus to Excellent condition with signs of limited and responsible use. The rifle still has a great bore and strong mechanics, so it should still make for a wonderful target rifle. That said, the scarcity of this model and its high condition make it desirable to Winchester collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!