SOLD FOR: $1325
Model: 70 Classic Sporter Fajen Special Edition, 1998 Shot Show Special, 298 of 336
Serial Number: G300298
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Caliber/Gauge: 7mm Rem. Mag.
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “—WINCHESTER ® MODEL 70 7MM REM. MAG.— / —MADE IN NEW HAVEN CT. U.S.A.—”. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “G300298”. The bolt is serial-matching, hand-scribed “0298”. The buttpad is marked “WINCHESTER” over patent and license information. The right side of the barrel is marked “-CLASSIC SPORTER-“.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights on this rifle. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of rings and bases holding a Leupold VARI-X 3.5-10 scope. The scope has some scattered light handling marks. The scope has a duplex reticle and the glass is clear, it rates in about Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The one-piece stock is a special edition Fajen stock made of checkered maple with a capped pistol grip, wood nosecap, monte carlo comb, cheekpiece, and black rubber buttpad. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are a few scattered compressions, most noticeable on the left side of the stock at the rear of the action. There is a mar on the top of the cheekpiece at the rear. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is strong. The LOP is 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad has light wear. Overall, the stock is in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 96% of its finish. There are some scuffs and scratches on the trigger guard. There are some light scuffs on the bolt handle. There are some light handling marks on the receiver. There are a few little marks through the finish on the barrel. There are some little marks through the finish on the barrel. The machine-jeweled bolt has minor operational wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, the rifle is in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the push-feed bolt. Pulled to the rear, the safety is fully engaged, locking both the bolt and the trigger. If pulled back half-way, only the trigger is blocked. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: Included is the previously described scope, leather sling, serial matching box, and promotional paperwork (no manual).
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 70 is an iconic American sporting rifle that has been a staple of hunters for more than 80 years. It is reliable, robust, and accurate, it is for many the rifle by which all bolt action rifles are measured. Efforts were made to set things back to rights when it came to the Model 70 and the classic series saw the return of the lauded control-feed bolt and cut checkering as opposed to pressed. Overall build quality is improved, and the perceived cheapness of post-64 rifles is done away with. This example is the Classic Sporter model, but is no standard variant, this is the 1998 Shot Show Special Fajen Limited Edition. It has a special edition Fajen maple stock, a 26″ barrel chambered for 7mm Remington Magnum, and a Pre-64 type action. Winchester made only 336 of these pretty rifles so we are sure that a collector will swoop in and snatch this up, this is not a rifle you will be wanting to drag through the woods any time soon. Good luck and happy bidding!